wvhoran (237) - Tasmania, - AUG 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the most perfect looking beer known. Orange, and just hazy enough that when you look into the glass you see the beer and not your cat, cast in orange, on the other side of it. The head is pillowy, collapsing seductively and structurally but barely reducing at all. The aroma and the flavour are not overtly extreme or aggressive, but have a combination of all the good things about beer, in the right amounts, to amount to the perfect beer-drinking experience. It would feel wrong to score this in any way other than perfectly. This is not the first time I have had this, each time I have wanted to remove myself from the grasp of this beer, but found myself only wound tighter into its grip (sounding like an alcoholic now).
I would like to be at a party, in the summer, outdoors, where everyone is dressed nicely but casually, with many beautiful women. We are all talking about the rivers of Slovenia, photography books, travel stories, and everyone is emptying chilled bottles of Orval into large glasses. One after the other. There is a wood fired oven where pissaladière comes out (i’m coming back to reality now, because that’s what I’m eating). Reality is not so bad though, because I’m drinking Orval and eating pissaladière.
This is a beer for the ages.
drjoeng (18) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice broad wheat-like nose. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese soy brewed with wheat, e.g. would be Kikkoman’s Tamari. Almost umami.The Orval was so yeasty when poured that if I closed my eyes, I could imagine a saucer of Tamari. Had a deep amber color and a deep amber flavor. Nutty body which turned fruity and actually almost citrusy and then had a brief finish of hops. Nice mouthfeel. Went down smoothly and setup the palate for another swig almost immediately. Drinkable and enjoyably so.
eelco (41) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one has always been one of my favourites, but for some reason I haven’t had one in years, untill now. A beautfiful amber coloured beer with a frothy off-white head. Very nice aroma, herbs, caramel, fruits. Taste is very well balanced, light caramel sweetness and fruits. Finishes medium bitter. Medium body, refreshing carbonation. I might make a habit of drinking Orval on a regular basis again.
jackybeer (1) - - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A classic Belgian style Trappist. Hoppy and not too strong. Delicious aroma. A bit of an acquired taste probably. One of my all time favorites.
guiroul33 (40) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of caramel, herbs, earthy. Appearance: orange, hazy, frothy. Bitter taste. Palate: creamy, lively, bitter finish. A great trappist!
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to light brown color with tints of yellow roaming around the sides of the glass. There’s a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing here and there.
The smell had a nice blend of sweet citrus to spices of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove.
The taste was spicy sweet through the previously mentioned flavors.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Nice spiciness rolled over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian pale ale worthy of having again.
Prometheus682 (1) - Winfield, USA - AUG 25, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wild color and great taste. This beer is definitely worth trying and worth the price.
OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. bottled 27/03/2014 from Raleigh Whole Foods. label says 6.9%. good aroma, sweet. fruity yeasty. get grapefruit and pear, with black pepper and cheese. cloudy orangy brown color, good head, that stays as a ring that clings on the way down. sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. it’s nice, aroma has range, jumping between the fruits and yeast. nice sweet flavor, nice dry sweetness on finish. gotta try to pick tis one up now and again....
Beerconnaiseur (92) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 01/02/2011, pours a dark amber with a retensive creamy head. Looks appetizing. Chocolate, cream, candi sirup, old apple; a soft but distinct aroma. Medium to full body (hey, this is a 6,2abv trappist) which is amazing. Soft and potent, aged in ideal situations, brings out an aging that rewards the patient with a creamy Orval from another - more tasteful - dimension.
azzie (230) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber liquid, big pale beige unsteady head. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of grapefruit, currant, black grapes, spices, a touch of honey. Wine aftertaste. Medium bitterness, light sweetness.