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.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed many times during the summer of 2007 in bottles and on tap at the Clybourn brewpub. I like this beer. After I tried a couple of new GI beers at the brewpub and wasnít as invested in rating anymore, I always returned to this one. Hazy effervescent Tang color in the glass with a huge peach-white rocky and fluffy head. This is one of those beers (and I love these beers, they always get a bump in my ratings) that you can smell all over the place. Itís like the esters are bursting out of the bottle and glass to fill the room: orange spiciness, salt and pepper, lavender, cardamom, and ginger. Softly sweet at first and fizzy in the mouth. Then, after the carbonation dies down, it gets somewhat watery and orangey. The refreshing middle gives way to a dry dry dry and cobwebby spicy ginger finish. I havenít commented on layering in a beer like this since my first sip of Celebrator. As it warms, its similarity to truly Belgian beers creeps out (I wrote in my notes that itís like a glorious blend of Orval and Duvel). My biggest criticism of it is that it is just a tad watery. Amazing though how it can be both so flavorful and yet so dry in the finish (Iíd like to get my hands on this brewing yeast if I ever actually start homebrewing). Leaves a dense oily lacing on the glass.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Watch out for the explosion. This beast spewed beer all over my kitchen! Carbonation aside.... It is a very nice brew. Spicey and fruity aroma and taste.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Shared by Kinz at the Great Chelada Incident 2007. Bottle 2006. Clear copper body with a small fizzy off-white head. Sweet candi sugar, spice and light fruit aroma. Sugar and fruit flavor with some light tart hints. 8/3/8/3/16/3.8
Clear golden body thin white head
Sweet fruit and light spice aroma
Sweet spice fruit and light malt flavor
Light body mod high carb 7/2/7/3/15/3.4
radiomgb (2424) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange in colour, very large off white coloured head, excellent retention, great lacing. The aroma is of orange citrus, floral hops, light funk, spicy pepper, wild yeast. The flavour has some great spice, brett, lots of orange zest, very light sourness, herbal and quite floral. Very full mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes long and spicy, quite creamy. This is excellent. Almost as good as Orval, very, very close.
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>kkearn, thanks Keith.
Received on August 1, 2007 and opened on September 22, 2007.
naivepegasus (343) - USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a massive amount of head- rapidly rising, and very hard to pour the full bottle without stopping. Head is creamy, and slowly dissipating. A nice amber orange color. nice, fruity, spicy aroma to it. A nice, balanced taste that really explodes in the aftertaste. They say itís a tribute to Orval, and I can really see the similarities between the two. I like this beer a lot, but I think the other seasonal Goose Islandís are a little bit better.
Strykzone (5155) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an explosive foam. Head is light orange and takes a while to dissipate. Aroma is busy. Floral notes, tart hops, spice, and some stale milk. First taste tells me that this is one of those beers that have a lot going on. Lots of malt grabbed me at first but hop notes and then dark fruit popped up. That was all in the first sip. Next sip was bubblegum followed by cigar. How does it do that? This is a wonderful beer and is a delight to sample.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 Rated 2007-09-17 - Pours dark orange with a mostly receding light tan head. Aroma of bacterial fermentation, tart, lightly acidic, with sour grapes, orange, and the funk. Taste is tart, white grape, funky yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly tart with lively carbonation. This is a nice Orval clone, very impressed with this effort by Goose Island.
Rated on 2012-01-11 - Pours orange/amber with a thin wispy off-white head. Notes of dry caramel, wood, wine and clove. Medium to full bodied, dry finish, lightly alcoholic with soft carbonation.