bitbucket (2155) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 courtesy after4ever. Pours hazy orange with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Fruit and spice aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Fruit and citrus taste. Dry spice finish.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a Cloudy amber color with a creamy colored head. Nice fruity aroma with a hint of hop notes. Big fruity candied belgian yeast flavor with a slight malt backing. Nice flavor of spices as well and a bitter finish.
Logethan (1) - USA - OCT 24, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautifal amber color, nice thick frothy white head. Great flavor, slightly fruity, some good hoppiness, spicy. Great beer for early fall when it’s still warm out.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light and fruity aroma, white grapes, starfruit, with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Pours very light amber. Light but finishes with a rich malt flavor, caramelly, brown sugar, fruity, light citrus, spicy. Very easy to drink, great beer!
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750, capped. Thanks, Footy! Pours nearly clear medium amber with a thinnish, nearly white head. Modest nose of restrained fruit, maybe some tangy tangerine. Light body on the attack, subdued carb, and there’s that tangerine again. Body goes a bit watery before it’s gone. Odd little rush of pie spice there at the end. Kind of a perplexing beer, but certainly tasty, interesting, and different.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber, clean rust color. Full, fizzy off white head. Noticeable sediment. Lots of fruit in the nose. Apricot, peach, banana and bit of orange. Hints of bubblegum and yeast. Medium bodied brew with alot of character. Well carobonated and balanced. A very good beer.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Tap at the GABF
Nice sour aroma! Funky and earthy.
Taste is grainy and slightly sour citrus and weak hops. Boring.
Funky edition with Sofie yeast:
Aroma is lactic, sour, yeasty, lemon, and slightly soapy. Comes off as dry and funky.
Taste is lemony, sour, minty, lactic, and barnyard sour. Like an Orval, but not quite....
Finish is tart, dry, and lemony.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 12 ounce via road trip purchase from my friend Liz. Gusher for a 12oz sitting still for a few weeks. Pours orange with a 1 finger flimsy bright white head. The nose is full of ginger but more like ginger bread than anything else, pretty appealing nose too. That gingerbread quality translates nicely to a light robust flavor. The taste is lightly sweet and spicy. Really is a lot like drinking a ginger bread cookie. nice job goose island.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Batch, recently picked up from a trip to a store up north. This is my 2nd bottle from the 4-pack, sampled about a week apart. I am amazed at the quality of this brew, Goose Island is one of my personal favorites and they created a gem with this one. The label remarks that this is somewhat of a tribute to a certain Belgian Beer and after the first one I realized how similar this is to Orval. Abundant earthy aroma, musty with some zesty citrus scents and lively sour malt. Smells fantastic, rich and aromatic. Grand pour producing a cloudy golden orange body with a huge fluffy white head. Thick lacing coats the glass, and there is some noticeable sediment at the bottom of my red wine glass. The head settles over time. Funky and lightly sour on the palate. A feel good bitterness rounds out the medium malt body. Flavor is still fresh and lively. Fermented musty fruits with nice flowery hops. A touch grassy and very yeasty. Earthy with a pleasant sourness. Good and malty, well balanced. Fantastic beer by Goose Island, I want to find more!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark gold pour with a thick, frothy, offwhite head. Interesting aroma of brettanomyces with mild hops and fruits. Good flavor of brettanomyces with mild hops and fruits. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. This looks like a competent attempt at recreating the awesomeness that is Orval.