badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ON tap at Liar’s club. Hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet fruity slightly bready aroma and taste with a nice crisp citrus taste and a dry finish, but no Orval.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 On-tap at Churchill’s. Pours hazy yellow with a crisp white head, good lace, decent retention. Smells light fruity and sweet. Taste is alright, some sweet fruits, peach maybe, followed by some crisp maltiness. Pretty bland flavor actually. Thin body, super crisp carbonation.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Dr. Bills. Very dry. Light yellow color. Tons of carbonation. Too dry for me.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing.
This beer has nice flavors, smooth, complex, very tasty
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Liar’s Club in Alpine. What a great little treat to have in the presence of all of those Belgians that were visiting from out of town. Good flavor with some peppery spice. Very smooth and creamy.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2/29/08. 750ml bottle, 2007 edition. Heady citrus earthy hop white caverous head. Quickly dissipating head. Musty oaky and smooth. Good effervescence. Smooth, so smooth. Big and fruity. Fresh yet melded. Flavors of citrus and red berries. Touch cereal grains. Good dry and musty. Cinnamon peppery and spicy. So much smoother than the other Sours. So much milder. Touch bready yeast. Easy with a great flavor. What an opportunity! Thanks to Ryan from NBB for this total treat!
Stine (1527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours thickly to a sunny hue of dandelion. Aroma is soft and crisp with earthy floral touches and spicy herbal sensations overlaying a very mild tartness. Citrus peels, white bread, and lavender. Not extremely complex, but balanced on the on the thinnest of threads. Quite lovely. Flavor is very floral and sparkly with a big, barren, earthy dryness of hay and horse lingering underneath. White fruit and understated tartness, like a young Orval in delicate balance of fairly simple bitterness and dry funkiness. Palate is a bit sharp but softens with a bit of swirl and has a pleasant, smooth doughiness throughout; finishes with bitter herbs and very lengthy. A charming, refreshing experience.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml champagne bottle. pours yellowish gold with HUGE white head. very earthy nose, hay, grass. bread/yeast flavors mixed with a very slight hint of citrus. medium mouthfeel. very effervescent. a nice nod to Orval
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear light yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), light hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of pear. Light bodied, thin texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear pale gold with a huge mousse like head. Lightly tart honey and green apple aroma with broken sapling ( if you know that smell). Clean, tart apple flavor. Mildly sweet. Slightly tannic finish. Has funky retro nasal notes. Nice beer. If it is trying to duplicate Orval, it lacks the hop character and lactic presence.