phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Colin and Kristin - thanks again! Pours a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head that leaves a lasting film. Aroma of tropical fruits, biscuity malts, sugar, dried apricot, straw, and a hint of funk and peppery spice. Flavor of grass, leaves, florals, toasted sugar, bready malts, soap, and mild spice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a bitter, funky, fruity mouthfeel. Nice homage to Orval. Better than I thought it’d be.
bobolev (11) - RUSSIA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
there are some interesting rounded flavor in the body // Color is Cloudy amber and has a white head. The taste is peppery, malty with a hoppy finish.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Amber color. Aromas of tart berries and cheesy spices. Sweet, tart and spicy flavor with strawberries, grapefruit, clove and licorice. Fairly good brett character, not bad.
biirusaikou (950) - - MAR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at The Roundhouse. Does have some dry fruits, tart, pepper and some funk qualities, but doesn’t really match up with a classic Orval.
Beachmaster (209) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, with a huge, rocky beige head that very slowly dissipates. Nose is malt with Belgian yeast notes of banana and clove. Taste is medium roast malt and faint dark fruit notes, with noticeable pepper .Finish is rather short, with a crisp hop bite. Well-balanced. Very good.
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with small head. Aroma of yeast and esters. Flavor with tangy tone and malt. Easy to drink, from magnum bottle
Florya (634) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How : bottle Appearance : hazy orange Aroma : fresh yeast, spice, fruits, floral Palate : medium body, average carbonation
ken1 (1165) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: floral hoppy and yeasty.
Flavour: A grapelike bitterness with floral notes and yeasty notes. A dry finish and a creamy mouthfeel.
Colour: orange amber with a full offwhite head.
Beer4000 (4950) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Unclear orange body with a big, foamy, lacing off-white head. Very nice aroma with fruit, mild malt and quite distinct funky Brett. Fine, refreshing fruity, funky, sweet malt flavor. Nice body and long lasting aftertaste. A very nice Orval clone fine balance and a perhaps a bit more hops in the flavor than the original.
Hammy78 (835) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle did a side by side with Orval, and an Orval clone I made with a buddy. Ours doesn’t have the same colour where as the Mikkeller version nailed it. I will however boast that we were closer on flavour. Now the review.
Pours a true copper colour, whitish head that recedes quickly to nothing, some minor clingy lace on the edges. Yeast islands left behind. Nose is spot on for Orval, crisp a little hop and spice. Tastes good, starting to sour a touch (I’ve had this longer than I should’ve for a side by side). The bitterness is nice too. Pretty damn good, but nothing beats the original.