jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2007 Nice looking appearance, huge - and I mean huge froathy head...nice aroma of fruits, spice, some vanilla. Definitely appreciate this one more on my second go-around. Was nowhere near impressed on my first try. Flavor has many little nuances and has a very dry character. I get a little bit of bret which adds some complexity and depth. Really an intriguing beer, but Orval still doesn’t seem to be something I get all that excited about - I’ll take many other trappists over this one.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orval smells wheaty and sweet, with a bit of leather in the yeast aroma. It pours a very cloudy orange with plenty of head retention and hop lace. The flavor has a light wheat malt, slight wheat sourness, leathery yeast, slight aromatic hoppiness, but plenty of bitter dry hops. The finish is quite dry with a residual sourness, lingering graininess, and dry-hop bitterness. I rated this highly because this truly stands alone among Trappist ales.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Great pour, hazy orange-gold color with a massive cream-colored fluffy head! Strong aroma that gives off notes of ginger, lemon, apricot, fresh bread and yeast. Flavor is sweet at first, mostly with malt flavors with peppery spice and yeast, that finishes a bit sour like the aroma - unexpected. A pretty dry palate that lingers with the high carbonation. Quite well balanced overall. Very good.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 fl oz bottle: Bottled on 29/08/2006 best before 29/08/2012. Very carbonated with the bottle slightly overflowing onto my table. Aroma is A sour fruit, hoppy aroma, some nice light spices throughout, very aromatic. Appearance is a cloudy golden/orange with a huge slightly off white head that just lingers on the beer forever. Taste is somewhat grainy and rather mild, but very smooth for a Belgian ale. Very complex flavors as you get into the brew and surprisingly well balanced. Palate is somewhat dry but that is expected from a Belgian. Overall, at first I thought what’s all the hubbub about this brew it’s actually kind of weak, but as I got into it it was damn good. Damn good I say.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Bottled on 24/01/2006, best before 24/01/2011. Pours an orange/amber. Aroma is flowery and spices, citrusy. Taste was rather mild, nothing really stood out to describe, I was surprised by how mild it was . Finish was slight spice and dry.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 11.2 oz bottle dated 09/08/2006. Hazy orange beer with massive head. Aroma of spices and oranges. Hoppy, dry, hints of orange, possibly coriander, and spices. My first authentic trappist brew and it is a memorable one. Bottle disappeared too fast and I wish I had purchased more for tonight.
Second tasting confirmed my love for this beer. Excellent.
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great trappist beer and very tastfull. No other beers except his own petit orval you compair with. Realy original tast and a not that strong but still great trappist bear worth of tasting
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is singularly unique, and hard to describe. The balance clearly swings more towards hoppy, yet the hops have a "fine" flavor to them. It’s very clean, yet the body is good. The head is nice and frothy white, and ample. The color is kind of yellowish brown and clear. Clearly a very high-quality product.
garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Pours a beautiful ginger blonde colour with aroma of orange peel and vanilla, nice frothy head, a good bite in the first sip, a strong alcohol finish and a tangy palate, enjoyable. Rerate16th March 2008, some additional notes: Sour notes in the aroma, peppery too, definite ginger in the taste and a long bitter finish, very enjoyable
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber orange with a beautiful head. Aroma is complex, herbs, flowery and spicy. Taste is fruity, hoppy, spicy and dry in the end. Very well balanced. The hops are the stars in this beer. Very nice beer.