thegreenrooster (3400) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a hazy amber with a nice sized white head. Aroma is excellent, lots of candy sugar and spices. Flavor is very fruity and spicey. Maybe a touch of cinnamon that reminds me of a pumpkin beer. As i drink more i get some clove and pepper. Overall this is a wonderful beer expierience. A very tasty brew from goose island.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Bottled on 072705. Thanks for holding onto this for me Brent! The color of glowing ore! lotsa happy bubbles racing about, slightly off-white head stays fairly intact. Restrained, quiet aroma...especially by comparison to its model. I can detect some faint wild yeast character...maybe even faint perfume, but this is very restrained and I have to really dig into the glass to smell it. Metallic finish at first drink, without so much of a bite as Orval. Wild yeast mingles lightly with the malts...fairly malty beer really. Well attenuated, but not dry. The metal in the finish fades after a few sips, but the bitterness still doesn’t show up, yet there is some nice hop play in there, flavorwise. This seems all-around to be a much softer version of Orval, and thus lacks any great character. If you are basically selling the Orval story on your lable, I need more. Why do something that’s already been done better? Inspiration is respected, but creativity is lacking here.
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Medium offwhite head. Amber body with tiny floaties and carbonation. Fantastic strawy earthy funky aroma with orangey toffee notes. Incredibly harmonic and deep. Dry-sweet earthy strawy citric taste with chocolatey toffee notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Amazing harmony. Dry citric strawy earthy aftertaste with toffee and resin notes. This is just great. Ridiculously drinkable, and with amazing depth. This is my second rating, and I feel I still haven’t really done it justice. (0.33l bottle, Vika-polet.)
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours a slightly hazy amber with a medium-sized soupy head. The aroma is a bit of spruce, mandarin oranges and a brett-like funk. The flavor is dry and pretty complex for an american version of a Belgian beer. A lot like Orval, but hoppier.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz. twist cap long neck brown bottle with a bottled on date on the back label.
Made a good appearance, poured a hazy orange hued amber with a foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, fair amount of sticking, good carbonation.
Had a nose of lemony herbal hops, clove, coriander and a honey maltiness.
A crisp and smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Nice herbal and oily hop bitterness, a lemony fruitiness, yeasty, honey malty and a dryish herbal, fruity and honey finish.
A nice Belgian Pale Ale by Goose Island, tasty and balanced, well worth trying.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
in these troubling times, the practice of some corrupt governments of stealing people and sneaking them off to foreign countries for torturous interrogation has come to be called "extraordinary rendition". far less morally troubling is this rendition of the orval theme-- a "sneaking off" of a recipe to undergo an inspired tweaking-- hardly torturing. but before i call goose island’s rendition ’extraordinary’, i intend to subject this product to aggressive probing and cross examination. while we miss the classic bowling pin shaped bottle that only orval has, we rather like the fact that this beer is less than half the price of the orval-- a tariff attending the original that clearly deters alot of potential fans.
a glowing and warming orange pour, a hue so rich that could a male robin or oriole but wear it a week in spring, he’d have his way with a dozen females eager to procreate with such a resplendent specimen. the head bloomed big for a moment, then settled into a more sedate veneer of patchy foam. the brett is there in the nose, but used very sparingly. composting orange, stable straw, the brightness of menthol and the earthiness of peat, the fruitiness of papaya. flavor has a lot of grapefruit without all the attending bitterness associated with that fruit. has a wheat-like dry and crispy foundation, a medium body and watery feel, a then a modest sweetness: a blanche de chambly mixed with orval. hardly extraordinary, but the witness has certainly yielded some useful intelligence.
vyvvy (4472) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown / dark orange pour with off-white head. Aroma has fruit and earthiness with light spices that and a bit of fruit - maybe apricot and coriander. Taste has dried apricots, earthy yeast and rich malts. Finish has lots of spicy hops and coriander. This is one of the most authentic tasting Belgium style beers I’ve had from Goose Island. A complex, yet refreshing beer. Very well done.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles. Thanks Chris. Bottled on 7/27/05. Pours a hazy peach with some small suspended yeast chunks. The head is big and rocky, long lasting and leaves large, sticky lace on the glass. Aroma is pineapple, peaches, horse blanket, light citrusy hops with touches of lemon and bread. Flavor is a delicate balance of sweet bready malts, light tartness, bretty funk and citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is very soft, the carbonation is full, but gentle. Finish is slightly bitter with a touch of sweetness. This is not Orval, it might be spiked with Bretta Brux, but the base beer is completely different. Well done.
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with 2006 on the neck label. Rich amber color with continuing lively white head, densely laced. The aroma has a malt backbone with substantial fruit notes, but in the tasting over time the caramel ale dimensions built, very dry and leaving a bit of a tacky finish, not unlike a few British ales I’ve had. Overall, then, it left a feeling of lacking dimensionality. Good carbonation, tingling, with a moderately oily mouthfeel. It just wasn’t my thing--perhaps greater fruitiness and a little less dry and it would have suited my tastes better.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(04.16.06) 12 oz brown bottle form DiCarlo’s, Mundelin, IL. Poured clear amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts dry with malt and fruity flavors with increasing hop bitterness. Dry finish with raggedly hop bitterness. Somewhat unbalanced, the malt component was not sufficient to keep the hop bite in check. Otherwise a good drinkable bitter beer that could benefit with aging to smooth it out a bit. UPDATE (04.22.06) On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Poured clear amber with large white head. Soft carbonation. Fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/fruit flavors. Finished with light malt fade. Smooth delicious malty beer with very little, if any, hop presence. The tap version is much superior in flavor and mouth feel compared to the bottled version. My rating is the average of the bottle/tap versions.