olliejobbins (326) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy tanned brown/orange with a thick pillowy head that lasts forever. A fruity beer with caramel notes in taste and aroma. Mildly viscous in consistency. Poured a copper brown/ orange, very fizzy initially, but settled to be very drinkable.
Artichoke (16) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crazy 3.5 finger head. Nice aroma with banana yeast. Taste is odd. There is some sweet at the front but a not so pleasant bitterness in the back.
KoNrRiI (223) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 0.33 bottle. Humungous, off-white head, leaves some proper lacing, quite hazy amber color. Aroma is so to say Belgian: banana, clove, vanilla, some caramel, perfume, spices and an unfortunate alcoholic note. Taste is mostly bittersweet, somewhat floral, liquorice alongside, with malty undertone. At first appears overly astringent but frankly it just takes some getting used to. Medium body, nice slick texture and a soft carbonation. Finish is longish, a tad off-balance and sourish at the end but otherwise good. All in all itís a good beer but honestly I expected more from the famed Orval.
fiammanghilla (92) - Genova, ITALY - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottiglia 33 cl
Chiara torbida, schiuma molto abbondante, fine e persistente.
La trappista piý beverina, amarognola e di grande struttura, decisamente buona!
avw1982 (80) - Giessenburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Its a special beer. Itís not like one of the other trappist beers. Its a little more bitter.
Claves77 (76) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of bubbles, caramel color. Lively nose with sweetness. Light taste with long lasting flavor.
jacobbeaven (1) - MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, USA - MAY 10, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great taste, suttle but lasting. Dark amber color. Good head. Appearance of the bottle and beer are great.
Feramabra15 (7) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 9, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bread, cereal, floral, grass, citrus, herbs, dry character, only one kind of for general public, two fermentations wither dry hopping process, hoppy aroma
GoufCustom (216) - HONG KONG - MAY 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
330ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer Intl. in Tsuen Wan.
Colour - Cloudy hazy golden amber orange with dirt like yeast sediments.
Head - Explosive four-finger head with crumpety off-white foams which seems to last forever! Very thick and sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma - Very fragrant and refreshing nice perfume, floral, honey, grapefruit, plum / dark fruit, vanilla, light caramel, light banana, malt, and spices. Grapefruit aroma becomes more intense as the beer warms.
Taste - Muted, light sweet malt, with caramel, burnt toffee, Belgian yeast, liquorices, dark fruit, strong cloves, spices, brett, pretty strong bitter lime, citrus, and herbal hops.
Body - Medium body, quite thin but slick palate.
Mouth Feel - Abbey Dubbel-based, dominated by very strong and herbal hoppiness. Sweetness is really low, fused with intense spiciness, brett, burnt toffee and dark-fruits.
Hoppiness - this is THE headlines, great in refreshing floral aroma, touch of fresh grapefruit taste, and expressive dynamic bitterness. Wow! Astringency is a tad low, but good enough to leave a lingering nice finish.
After Taste - Pretty dry, very easy and tempting to mouth.
Comments: With such a cocky bottle and only features one brew, I knew this monastery is up to something and I expect nothing less from its beer. Bang on! It really stands tall against other tasty Trappist beers all by its own - tastes like a fully hopped up Dubbel, hugely impressive visually with big lasting head and lacing; Its floral, perfumey and grapefruit aroma is so refreshing that is a good indication of a well-made and well-hopped beer. Its low sweetness - so subdued - a trait which I normally donít like for Trappists / Abbeys, is well complemented by good dose of clove and spiciness. An altogether unique and great tasting and sensory experience!
P.S. I am so glad I picked this one for my 200th RB review, and what a way to celebrate! # 300, here I come!
Leini (277) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
330ml bottle. Cloudy orange body with a huge orange tainted fluffy head. Aromas of hops, light bread, dough, and tropical fruits. Notes of yeast, bitter orange, pepper, ginger and citrus. Dry/bitter aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation. This one isnít ready for at least 2-3 years. Gonna buy a new one and forget about it for 3 years.