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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   ABV: -
This beer is a tribute to the brothers at the Trappist brewery of Orval. This world classic style offers a medium body with a dry, almost acidic finish. Brewed and hand-bottled by McKenzie Brewhouse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
2004 bottle. Pours a hazy copper orange body with a white head. Brett, leather, light spicy and yeast character with a dry finish. A bit oxidized for sure, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/20/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy dark yellow, huge white head, big funk aroma and flavor, nice malt, good spices well blended with the funk,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
highpoint (26) - lansdowne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2007
another bottle found n the basement. Iím pretty sure itís a 2003. aroma is just about all brettt, very nice. the beer was not cloudy and clear. flavor, no oxidation, very hoppy still and nice brett flavors, horseblanket, and musty, but still well balanced by hops. medium to full bodied, just an amazing beer that I wish I had bought more of. held up very well. Iíd put it in the same ballpark as orval. very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Thanks to Slander for sharing this one at heavyweight open house. 750 ml bottle- label fell off, but labelled on the cap. This was a bottle from 03, so I think the brett characteristics may have increased over time. Pours a clear light gold with a nice fluffy lasting head. Aroma is out of control with brett, in a good way. A crapload of barnyard aromas- hay, horseblanket, musty cobweb like, and even a bit of lemony citrus to it as well. Flavors are loaded with horseblanket, leather, nice citrusy notes, light bready malts, and a dry slightly acidic and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth despite a relatively high carbonation. Excellent beer- similar, but better than many other beers that use brett to try to replicate orval.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Shared 750ml bottle. Not a bad beer. Was expecting something a little more. Tasted what it should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Pours a clean, medium golden color with a giant foamy head thatís gonna be here a while. Yeasty aroma with a little barnyard funk, and a subtle hop nose. Flavors are yeast, a little lemon, and some pepper with a light finish. Nice fizzy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
750ml bottle shared with scubatrip: Slightly cloudy light orange-amber that is a pale straw golden yellow when held to the light. Medium white head that lasts for the first few sips and then dies. The aroma has some barnyard to it, and at first Iím worried that maybe I have a bad bottle. Checking other ratings here it seems like itís supposed to have this light farmhouse quality to it. There are also hints of lemon zest, spicy cloves, yeast, wood, and wet leather. The taste has some barnyard & leather flavors at first, and opens up to show apple, tart orange rind, sweet light malts, biscuit, and a hint of peppery alcohol if held in the mouth. Finishes dry with grassy/spicy hops, sweet light malts, and funky yeast. Tastes a bit more like a farmhouse ale, as BobSandage points out that what I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Pours a murky medium yellow with lots of head. Aroma of sweat socks. Yeasty and medicinal in flavor. If the beer was classified as a farmhouse ale, I could see the justification in the high ratings this beer achieves. As a Belgian Pale Ale, I donít think it is that good of an example of style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Poured a dark gold with a fluffy off white head. Aroma was yeasty with some clove/spices and barnyard funk as it warms. Flavor starts a little sweet and tart with a dry light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours a clear deep golden with a huge, puffy and well-lacing white head. Has a very interesting, complex, earthy barnyard aroma. Body starts lightly creamy, dry, earthy and malty with some mild leathery sweetness. Nice complexity and balanced lead to great authenticity. With a touch more hops, this would be a very close duplicate to Orval. Thanks go out to slob for the trade!

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