Karol (591) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Aroma is sour like a lambic, sour plums, bitter malt, very sour fruity. Color is amber golden brown. Head disappeared in no time. Taste is sour plums, dark bitter fruits. Quite refreshing due to its abv. Overall not my type, but drinkable.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Publick House, 3/2/14
Deep amber colored beer with plentiful off-white head.
Pure brett acids and light amber malts in the nose. Ok, I can get in to this. Lovely spice from the styrian hops and just full and lush and sniffable. Didnt realize what this beer was when I had it and needless to say, I was very very happy. The hops are done very well; extremely well hopped golden beer. Nicely spicy, earthy and a touch grainy, but very acidic in a brett sort of way.
I swear this tastes barrel-aged, not that I think we really got an unexpected barrel-aged version, but there do seem to be woody, liqueur-like notes. Slightly fruity and maybe it’s just the extent of the raw hoppiness, which is indeed delicious. Anyways, this is a hell of a tribute to Orval, tough to compare to Matilda, as it’s a little bit maltier and more complex, but still very delicious.
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a near clear gold with a large white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a bit of light tart fruit with some tropical fruits and a good amount of citrus. Flavor has more grassy hops with a bit of citrus and tropical fruits with a bread backbone.
Svesse (6041) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Beer Temple, Amsterdam, 26 Feb 2014) Reddish amber colour with dense, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, citrus and slightly sour hints of oak wood. Malty, fruity taste with slightly sourish notes of dried fruit, caramel, citrus, oak wood, peppery yeast and hints of sweet and sour berries. Slightly bitter-sweet finish. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. A slightly peculiar yeast character, almost leaning in the direction of Flemish red, makes it quite strange. But refreshing. Nice one.
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Brew Dog.com. Poured a hazy amber colour with a generous off-white head. Nose was citrus, hop and brett. Flavour showed yeast, fruits, a little funk and dried out towards the finish. Not in Orval’s league but a very handy stab.
ogreface (1344) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Csak a jó sör, Budapest.
Elég ködös, borostyán színű sör, elég nagy, bézs színű, buborékos és közepesen kitartó habbal. Illata igen Brettanomyces élesztős, balzsamecetes, igen komlós, nedves zsákos. Íze igen hasonlít az Orvalra, de annál fanyarabb, nem olyan sima és a vége keményebbet harap. Közepesen testes és tele van apró buborékokkal. Utóíze grapefruitosan fanyar és kesernyés, elég száraz, komlós. Az eredeti jobban tetszik, ami nagy kedvenc, de ez is finom!
kraddel (2716) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in an orval glass - oh sweet irony -
Color is amber - remindung to orval , plus less fine and stable foam .
Smell is brett ,
Bit to high carbo ( but very close to perfect )
Brett , somewhat bitter .
A good beer on its one , and very close to orval !
The very subtile diffrences are that this one has less intensevfoam , more carbo , bit less hop , and a tiny bit watery .
To bad it forces to be compared , cause its a good beer on its own .
mmahut (900) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker amber clear body with no head at all. Aroma is caramel, sour, light prunes, pear, overall acidic and fruity. Taste is light sweet, mostly sour, woody with earthy harsh bitter after taste. Body is full, high carbonation. Great Orval clone.
harrisoni (13161) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at White Horse Parsons Green. Hazy deep amber colour lasting white head. Nutty odd aroma. Some sourness. Interesting. Walnut sour. Big hoppy finish. Weird
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a lasting white head. Funky aroma with grapefruit and leather - not quite bright and lively though. Sweetish funky flavour, again a little dead. Pasteurized brett?