judasbeer (431) - Budapest, - FEB 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vertical tasting of a fresh and a relatively old vintage.
The older one bottled on 13/03/2007, the younger is from 08/10/2009.
Appearance: The younger one is a cloudy golden with much more weaker-airy head than the older one has. The older one is more attractive with lively, effervescent look and huge white, cottony froth.
The 2007 one’s definitely better in head lacing and retention. While the older vintage is a lot more closer to deep copper but doesn’t seems to hazy or muddy.
Aroma: The 2009 is a lot more intense in the citrusy hop profile with invinting brett-yeasty tartness. The older sample is more mellow on the dry-hoppy profile, but there’s some really nice molded-cheesy yeasty profile with moderate tartness and slight lactic hint, maybe lactobacillus(?).
Flavor: The younger is insanely effervescent - even after 20 minutes of air-conditioning. Barnyardy, earthy bretty notes instantly. Then follows a serious dry hoppy peppery-citrusy tartness. Dry, quenching finish.
The older one shows more depth in the bretty, tart, moldy character, but some dry hoppy resins also detectable.
Moutfeel/Palate: Not surprisingly, the younger one is lot more refresing with lively citrusy hop oils, resins, fizzy carbonation and medium body.
The 3 year old vintage is a somewhat stickier bodied with smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: First of all: ORVAL is a word-classic beer with no manner of doubt. This a hop-oriented quenching, fizzy, easy-bodied ale, and doesn’t age as well as you’d expect.
There is no huge malty, sweet backbone, but the wild-yeast strains could do a very amazing job during the bottle-fermentation.
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
8/10 4/5 8/10 4/5 17/20 ->> 3.8
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
9/10 5/5 9/10 4/5 18/20 ->> 4.5
Rangi (550) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice pop from the bottle as uncapped, clumsy poor left fair bit of head but it appears to be a highly carbonated energetic beer so not all my fault I feel. Great look, big airy white head that laces the glass superbly all the way to the Finnish. Beer is a warm orangy colour. Aroma of lemon rind with a slight vinegar sour yeasty presence. Little hints of sour, lemon rind as the beer is sipped. Was expecting a big sour yeasty saison like punch in the mouth but was pleasantly surprised at how approachable and easy drinking the orval was to drink. Very nice.
PaoPaoPanda (8) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Full bodied, slight bitter taste with malt, spices and pepper. Great belgian trappist!
Cerver (4) - - JUL 9, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma perceptible, espuma persistente, extremadamente seca y amarga, very nice!!
Dzhigga (110) - Kirov, RUSSIA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber/orange color with huge fluffy head. Aroma is a little bit strange - notes of pepper, dry fruits and citrus with something like a smoke or rubber. Interesting, but not mine. Taste balanced, bitter-sweet, full-bodied. Aftertaste is long-lasting and bitter.
Philym (921) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Hazy amber with billowing beige head.
Aroma: Mineral, woody, hint of leather, prune, feint citrus notes, peppery and floral undertone.
Taste: Low sweetness, medium bitterness and low/medium sourness.
Palate: Thin coarse texture, light/medium airy body, average carbonation, lingering dry, peppery, slight citrus, slightly acetic, yeast finish, with light alcohol.
Comments: Tasty and glass lace.
bbertels (17) - NORWAY - JUL 4, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sandal wood and coffee on the nose - fantastically balanced aromatics. Full, long, classic Belgian trappist taste!
gopherfan99 (352) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a coppery color with an off white head, slight bitter taste with malt, citrus hops, and spices, has a dry alcohol finish to it, good beer
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy dark amber with off-white spongy head, faint roasted malt aroma, smoky taste, medium carbonation, longish finish with an aftertaste of caramel residue. Finally rated one of the 6 greats after tasting it so $any years ago!
Pepinis (23) - SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de color naranja intenso. Resulta muy compleja tanto en aromas como en sabor. Destaca la malta con notas frutales que recuerdan a manzada ácida y hacen acto de presencia y es muy protagonista la levadura de bretanomices que le otorga notas rústicas que recuerdan a establo y animales. El lúpulo se hace presente sobre todo después del trago y es ligeramente persistente. En boca es ácida y agria y el retrogusto astringente. Excelente representante del estilo pale ale belga.