ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours copper with a good sized frothy white head. Ginger, clove, and rootbeer candy all complimented by caramel/toffee malts and fruity esters. A solid Belgian from Goose.
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold-amber beer, clear; amberish tinted small head. Brett nose, sourish, Orval-like with the near imperceptible Orval sourishness abnormally enlarged; very fruity, citrus, etc. Sweet taste, bit malty, little sourishness in the taste. Sweet dough - like taste, pinch of salt included. Dry, restrained hops, orange zeste. And, I think, fatty acids. Light to medium bodied, rather dry, but at the same time the fatty acids/ phenolic (?) feel. A good try - but no match for the original, not in a long time!
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Clear, golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good retention. Yeasty, spicy aroma with notes of bread dough, orange peel and fuzzy fruit. The flavor is sweet, malty and lightly fruity. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes wheaty and dry. A bit Orvalesque, but pulls up way short of that lofty status. Not my thing, but a quality beer nonetheless.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium dark amber. Aromas of orange, caramel, and some spice. Flavors are yeasty, orange, clove and other spice. Not a favorite style. But still a damn fine beer.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a healthy aroma that is an infusion of wheat, yeast, brown sugar, and banana. It is a golden orange colored solution with a good thick cream colored head. This rich moderately heavy beer flows through the mouth smoothly. This beer introduces itself to the palate with the taste of yeast. It finishes with a orange and wheat ensemble that fades leaving a nice healthy wheat taste lingering.
TerribleSwede (1) - USA - MAR 1, 2006 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
floral, herbs, alcohol, clear, golden, amber, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thin feel, fizzy, bitter,
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light tan. Nose fruity with orange and some spice, yeast, and vaguely moldy banana. Flavor is fruit, lots of apple and orange, bit tart, some yeasty chewiness, bunch of spice at the end.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer’s got some stank on it. Funky, cheesey, sweat socks. Yet spicey and lemony at the same time. Pours a nice amber color with tons of carbonation that forms a billowing creamy white head. The head leaves some great lacing. The flavor is that of an easy drinking beer. Nothing stands out, yet I can’t wait for another sip. Ahh there it is. As this treat warms you funk really cuts through. Refreshingly tart. Medium body, and a touch puckering. I really like this beer and hope I can always get it in this area.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy light brown color, big white head, lemony taste. Light, fruity aroma. Mildly spicy finish.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light polished copper brew with small fizzy crown. Smells like the famous trappist ale Orval and tastes like it as well, all most exactly as a matter of fact, side by side I could probably note differences in hop flavor, bitterness, acid, attenuation, etc., but on it’s own, if you put it in a paper bag and served it to Stephen Beaumont or whoever you think of as an "authority", they would tell you that it was Orval, I’m virtually positive! Marked down just slightly for being such a copycat, though I guess I must grudgingly admit that that’s the "point" of this beer...still, can’t give the same grade to an homage as you do the original!