SimonTja (31) - Stockholm, - FEB 22, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours amber brown with a thick head. Smell yeasty and a bit leathery, small inputs of banana. Taste upfront of some banana and then a perfumy harsh bitterness which reminds me of an old washcloth or perfume, maybe even bad hop extract (?) very one toned, and the perfumy taste overtakes the yeasty banana instantly and makes this not very pleasent. Plus for mouthfeel.
jh773 (29) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As soon as I poured some into my glass, it erupted into an immense white head that filled my entire pint glass. After several minutes I managed to get the whole bottle into the cup. The aroma is amazing; it’s bready, nutty and a little sweet like many Belgians, but there’s a fresh, almost sour note to it too. Unfortunately I find the flavor to be far less impressive. It’s very dry, and the only thing I can really taste is a vague sourness. Disappointing.
Mejs (75) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Belgian Ale, really good Trappist beer, dry, with good bitterness. Aroma is fruits, some sour and little alcohol. High carbonation, great, long and beautiful white head. Hoped it will be more wild and sour, but still it is a nice beer.
Yingwait (40) - - FEB 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
vincentvega72 (21) - - FEB 19, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absoluut één van de toppers uit de trappistenfamilie. Amberkleurig bier met rijkelijke schuimkraag, zeer romig en vol in de mond. Ietwat bitter maar zeker ook aroma’s van abrikoos, perzik en banaan. Niet te vergelijken met een ander bier, dit bier heeft zijn eigen karakter. Love it or hate it.
VincentKabel (49) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In my opinion the best Trappist beer. It has a hazy, goldenbrown color. With a broken white colored head that lasts forever. You can smell some fruit, caramel and a slight sourness. The taste is uncompareble with any other beer. It has a nice malty dry taste with a slightly sour after taste. Wahat makes this beer even better is that the taste really evolves during the months (or even years) you’re keeping this in you personal cellar. A beer that should be on every man’s bucket list.
back (1186) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gylden uklar skum hvid meget tæt
Gær citrus malt humle græs
Bitter moderat sød lidt sur lidt
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Usko (138) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy brown color, off-white head. Very interesting aroma of dark malts, caramel, flowers and cherry. You can also smell some sour notes. Taste is heading more into the malty direction, followed by spicy and fruity notes. Dry character compared to regular trappists, well-balanced bitterness.
Simmie77 (10) - - FEB 18, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have to be really quickly!
I have heard about herds of Chinese buying this beer as much as they can. And they can I presume. Because what else do you need in a new world order. In my favourite café, they somtimes whine and argue the Orval is not on stock, and that is a little, little bit bad.
Because this is a beer you don’t want to miss. It is one of my favourite ones, almost a champagne like beer, and if you keep it longer it will get better with time. Most of the Orval are served within one to twelve months after the production date, well here in Holland. But I think after the Chinese had a thought about it, that might be just six months maximal.
I wonder what the beer will cost in China, because here the prices are going up as well. For a Belgium Ale (Orval) I have to pay way more then 2 Euro 30 I think. Just crazy, and in the cafe more than 5 Euro and 70 cents something!!! I am in Belgium almost every week, and I know the production of Rochefort, Westfleteren and Orval is not that much aside, and I pay reasonable prices there. I know a café that only serves Orval from the tap, and the entire cafe smells because of that. But I leave that cafe with a Burgundy thought and my wallet still filled with my hard earned money!
About the beer; to the Chinese, thank you for unburgundy me! For the brewers, I still can get a hold of your beer, and I love it! In my top three togheter with Rochefort and a brewery the Chinese don’t want to know about. Champagne like, dry aftertaste bla blah, hints of happy morrocans and dryed asfalt :P It is just a beer, but a darn good one!
AKORN (79) - Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour, floral, lite sweetness aroma. Hazy golden orange with a lot of head. Not sour but has a twang in the taste. Hops, bitterness, and it is on the dry side. Heavy carbonation. Had this years ago and do not remember liking it, but this time it taste pretty good.