PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange golden with tan head. No lacing is left. Slight barnyard aroma. Tart acidic touch, musty hints, pear & apple like fruityness and a grahm pie crust hint. The flavor is solid, but a bit simple. Subtle sweet fruit suggestions. Somewhat Saison like. Syrupy fruit hints of pears, apple juice, farm house earthy notes, and a light nutmeg touch. There’s also a honey grahm cracker suggestion and a surprisingly herbal dry finish with a hint of skunk. Feels Belgian, but not all together standout.
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice simple sweet/slightly fruity aroma. I had lots of head even with a gentle pour. Medium strong lacing around the glass. A definite spiciness to it up front, maybe nutmeg. Finished very smooth, I enjoyed mine after letting it warm slightly. However, I can’t taste too much hopiness.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mineral malt flavor with variety of fruit notes, perhaps grape, plum, cherry, apple- too many to tell. And a rustic, earthy, open-air barnyard taste and aroma.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown and hazy, kind of reminds me of muddy water. Good fruity, yeasty aroma, I can definitely smell orange and lemon in this beer. This beer is a bit too sour. The fruit flavors carry over into the taste. But, I can’t get over the sourness.
JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 good beer.
medium full body. hazy, amber brown. citrus and flowers aroma. great head, lacing, and longevity. This is a healthy active beer. good on the senses. nice brew from Chicago.
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Wow. Thanks to my summer Secret Santa for this one! Not often a brewer tries for an Orval clone, much less finds success with it. Light hazy orange, decent head fades away slowly. Aroma was brett, hint of barnyard, apples, wood, and sour cherry. Complex and inviting, really nice. Flavor contains many of the same components, but with a touch of candi sugar and an almost fruity note to the aspirin hop finish. A bit medicinal as well. Really well done, would never have pegged this as an American brew. RERATE 11/18/13. On tap at Chicago O’Hare airport. Will leave up my initial rating - much the same, but lacking some of the complexity of the original that I had - probably because it was a fresh keg versus a bottle where the brett had more time to work. Fruity orange and apple notes much more noticeable. By far the best beer I had in the airport.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
#936, on tap at Harry Carrys in Chicago. Because this is a belgian I have long avoided it, but it was really the only thing interesting on tap at this place and my pressure to go to Rock Bottom was not well accepted by the group. Dark and hazy with a thin white head. The nose is very creamy and malty with a hint of alcohol. The taste was actually pretty well balanced between yeast, malts, dark fruits and some plumb skin then with a hop sauce kind of end. Overall, pretty good, especially for a belgian.
jimhilt (2548) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a five finger, white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts sweet almost raisiny, hops balance well, brewer says its loaded with hops but they are really subdued. Best so far from GI. Bottled on Mar 27, 2006, pricey but worth $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City, IA.
MuchoBoracho84 (3) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. basic golden pour, tall head and moderate lacing. aroma is dominated by estery spiciness, a hint of brett funk, and not much at all of the "profuse amount of hops" that they speak of. Taste is orval-ish, but sweeter. pretty good beer overall, but nothing incredible.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is very yeasty and spicy. Bread dough, coriander, lemon zest, peach, and white pepper. Pours bright orange with a huge head and great lacing. Flavor is citrus, yeast and spice all at once. Snappy hop back really rounds out the flavor nicely. Palate is tart and crisp. A very tasty American Belgian ale.