alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange with a huge head. Brett and Citrus smell, mostly citrus and hops in the flavor. Dry and crisp. Tasty but not overly special.
BoBoChamp (4692) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with Brettanomyces, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, malty/bitter and slightly fruity/vinous, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive!
yourefragile (109) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First beer of the day (like most other people it seemed) at the anniversary party.
Light golden colored, hazy body with a massive, dense rocky bone white head. Head takes forever to die down and leaves behind airy clumps of lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is light and delicate blend of barnyard and fruit. Initially muted earthy notes of grass, hay and brett subtly mix with apple, orange and citrus peel. Flavor takes a similar route, initially grassy and subtly funky before light citrus and spice clean up the finish. Trace bitterness or alcohol, this was very refreshing and almost sleight to a fault. Oops, tastes like someone got some Orval in my Dupont.
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden orange color with a rocky white head. Aroma is a lot like orval, I get lots of brett, barnyard and musty cellar aromas, along with some sweet malt, a good hop backbone of pineapple orange and lemon, I also get some white grapes and vinous notes. The flavor follows the nose with the hop backbone of pineapple, orange and lemon, then lots of brett, barnyard, wet hay, musty old flavors and the vinous white grape notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a great Orval style beer, it reminds a little of Mikkeller Its Alive and USAlive.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Pours a straw golden color with billowy foamy head. Aroma is huge citrus and funk with light herbal and bready notes. Taste is amazing. Orange dominates at the start but the beer finishes super dry with medium brett funkyness and a light hop/orange zest bitterness at the finish. This beer is close to perfection.
Ernesto987 (3027) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mimosa aged batch. Orval can go suck a dick. This is how itís done. Orange aroma, merange head. Brett and dry flavors with some oranges in the background. Dericious.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/20/2011. Poured from a 750 caged and corked into a tulip.
E. has a very nice cloudy orange tangerine color with a frothy white head. Like I have come to expect in the style, there is a nice amount of lace that clings to my glass.
Dry saison yeast, biscuit malt, pepper, pineapple, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of funk contribute to the nose.
The first flavor to hit my tongue is a light caramel sweetness. A little bit of pepper and spice, then toward the end the flavor turns a little bit sour and some funk comes out. Some fruit is soft - peach, grapefruit, apricot.
Dry and light bodied, with a carbonation that is both somewhat crisp and creamy.
This is too dry for my taste, and it seems like the beer loses focus.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from (if memory serves) Fred82. It was either Fred or Dany, but you know those French Canadiens: They all look alike. ( I have seen neither Dany nor Fed in the flesh, nor pictures of them, but you know what I mean). Shared with Scott and Kris, which apparently means Iím not part of the "Winnipeg Crew", which is something Iím oddly very proud of. Fine gentlemen both. Pours hazy, almost cloudy honey-gold, with a thick cream-coloured head and amazing lacing. Nose is bretty/funky, with fading hops, sour cream, apricots, clean baking powder biscuit notes along with some breadiness, some mineral and earth as well. Flavours of spicy earth, stonefruit, fig/prune, jam, funk, bitter walnut; Finish is nutty and and spicy, rather lingering. Killer.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage (batch 1) - Poured into a Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Huge, three finger, frothy, white head. Body is a hazy rustic orange. Lots of lacing. Earthy grains on the nose with a nice helping of brett and some musty hops. Great outdoor aroma. Feels like summertime. The flavor has changed quite a bit since I had this almost a year ago. Lots of orange zest citrus, but more of the peel bitterness is making itís way to the front. The hops have a very herbal quality to them, similar to some of the notes I get from the various Fantome saisons. The brett is definitely coming through more. Nice and dry. I loved this fresh, but I think itís gotten even better. The body and carbonation are spot on. Definitely a different brew with a year on it, but I really like the change. Wish this wasnít my last bottle. Definitely need to pick up a few more of these at this yearís release. Would love to see this beer with 2-3 years of age on it.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via Savvy1982. Shared with oakbluff and Savvy1982. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of Rocket candies, pale malt, wildflowers, leathery brett, and a bit of bread dough. Quite minerally on the palate, with notes of pale malt, fuzzy fruit, nettles, and a touch of either creamy lacto or fading hops on the back end. Fairly dry with a nice bitter finish. Starting to fade, but stil pretty good.