jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy gold with a frothy head that quickly dropped with so-so lacing. Aromas of brett, Belgian spice and some fruit. The brett isnít too pronounced on the palate like a lot of Russian River beers which makes this a bit more refreshing. There is some oakiness on the palate and decent carbonation. Very crisp with green apple tartness.
Think of this as an Orval Jr.
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle. This is golden, slightly hazed anc cloudy w/ a fine bubbled head. At this point it si getting a big oxidized and nutty. Itís a little sweet and nice and drinkable. I would have loved to try this when it was younger and more hop-forward. As it is, it is a very much malt-centric brew, which is great, but it doesnít seem like age has made it any better.
ineedbeer (546) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is honestly quite muted. Only hints of floral notes and a light Brett note. Brett is cherry with a touch of barnyard.
Pours a fairly cloudy golden orang with a pillowy white head that has fairly good retention. Small head persists with moderate lacing as well.
Flavor is a bit better, but the malt still tastes stale at this point in time. Light pineapple and cherry notes from the Brett. Medium low bitterness. A bit of a floral, woody note in the flavor with hints of phenolics. A light honey note in the finish. A mineral note from the water is also noticeable.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and fairly low alcohol warmth.
Overall a surprisingly underwhelming beer. Iím not sure if its the age or something else, but this beer doesnít have much character to it. Stale and slightly oxidized. Brett character hasnít come on strong enough to make up for the age.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Backlog] Bottle shared with brendan. Pours a light golden body with active white head. Aroma is soft floral notes, brett, barnyard funk and light crisp malt. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, medium-feel, with notes of funk, cheese, sour pale malt, lemon and brett. Very nice - I would really love to try this again.
weihenweizen (1507) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated brown bottle poured into a sample glass. Pours golden with small white head. Medium body, low carbonation, and tart aroma. Taste is tart malt.
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with no had. Aroma is dry mandat bretty. Sort of piny. Bitter with not Mich in the way of sourness. Very dry.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 500 ml bottle thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Barnyard and funk in nose. Apple and tart. Well carbonated. Almost gushed. This is pretty tasty for a four year old beer.
madbeerbaron (19) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of grassy hops, with a touch of tartness. Taste is about the same, a nice balance of tart and hoppy. Very nice golden color, pretty heavily carbonated at this point. This is tasty. Thanks to madvike for this one.
Johnsense (701) - - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost 4 years after bottling - Gold pour with a massive frothy head. Big barnyard aroma here - Brett, horse blanket, sour, funky. Taste - Funky, Horse Blanket, Leather, barnyard, some lemon and sour green appln. Aftertaste reminded me of black olive, but in a good way. Bring this back so I can cellar more!
Bacterial (1200) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice barnyard nose, grass, slightly floral. Golden pour with a thin white head. Some funk and floral stuff going on here, nice dry finish with some spiced Brett bitterness in the finish. Very nice and different!
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is what I wish orval was. This poured a semi hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was lots and lots of brett, some lemons, light spices, and some grain. Flavor was lightly tart, loads of brett, some citrus peel and light grain notes. Really refreshing bretted beer.