MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: poured golden yellow with a thick fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma with some fruit esters. Lightly spicy. Flavor is yeasty with some fruit, a little lemon and a hint of banana. Very quick, short finish that is a bit dry. Light tartness in the finish. Good beer but I wish the flavor would linger a little.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good representation of the style as the nose is laden with exotic spice and ripe fruit,very well done. Sweet and spicey but died a little on the tongue.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden amber with virtually no head and no lacing. Creamy and full bodied but a little flat, without sufficient carbonation. Sweet, candy sugar and toffee, green apples ... nicely hopped. Belgian yeast for sure! A little spice, from the hops, and a Belgian nose.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Gold color with a nice head. Aroma is pumpkin spice. Taste is sweet without being cloying, wet horse blanket and a nice tart lemoness. The hops are subtle and yet dry. This could be the best GI (non-stout) beer I’ve had.
thegreenrooster (3570) - 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 (6771) - 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 (3283) - 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.