RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt orange with a giant pillow white head. Fantastic aroma is pretty much all over the place. Some grass, hay, cheese, mushrooms (maybe?), some white wine, pepper. Itís tough to think of much this aroma doesnít encompass. Taste follows the funky and tart aroma with a lightly toasted malt taste, plenty of pepper hop flavor, and a light sourness to it. Finishes very dry, and noticably hoppy for a Belgian ale. Just enough sourness to make this an eventful beer, but not enough to make it a real sour. Very carbonated palate and pretty easy to drink overall. Good beer, with a great aroma.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 Pours a cloudy amber with a good sized chunky off-white head. Nice fruit aroma. Slightly sour, nice little bite at the end.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great shaped bottle. Fruity aroma. Good head, cloudy amber appearance. Rich taste but a little metallic in the finish. Nice beer.
andrewboss (137) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle...Very complex flavor that grows on you with each sip and swirl. Intense flavor with a dry character. Itís an experience.
JLHop (12) - USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite Trappist Ale, hoppy and dry with a nice big head, golden color and mild flavor!
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Pours a slightly hazy orange. Retains dirty-white head well. Aroma of faint peach. Flavor is fairly mild at first, but grows. Finishes with a nice blend of sour and bitter. I used to not think much of this one, but it gets better with each tasting.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Bottled 11/04/06, aged 20 months. Third time is the charm! The magic of Orval finally hit me! After reading so much about how wonderful this brew is, I stared to wonder if there was something wrong with me, as I simply didn’t "get it". Well, today I have been born again. Identical in appearance to the previous two bottles, the difference here is clearly due to the wonders that nearly two years of Brett conditioning ca do. Similar in fruit and spice character to the second rating, this version is infinitely more dry, funky, and tart. The intensity of the beer seems to have grown significantly, yet its drinkability has never been better. So enjoyable, I could hardly put the glass down to contemplate things. Clearly, it is only inconsistency that keeps this beer from top 50 status, as this most recent version was absolutely stellar.
Bottled 7/05/07, aged 5 months. Rated 7/5/6/4/14 3.6. My second encounter with Orval was completely different, and infinitely more enjoyable than the first. Gone are the sharp metallic tendencies, replaced by bitter Brett goodness and perfectly complimentary spices of coriander and clove. Floral hops are more pronounced than before, as is honey sweetness. Minerals are still present, but more subdued. Perhaps it is the age, the temperature, or my palate that has changed. I would venture to guess it is all three. One thing is for sure, I have a newfound appreciation for Orval. Still, I canít fathom how so many can call this a 5.0 beer. Even a good bottle, which I seem to have found here, isnít anywhere near perfection.
Bottled 7/11/06, aged 11 months. Rated 5/5/4/4/11 2.9. Pours a translucent golden-honey brown. Large off-white head with good lacing. Prominent aromas are fig, spices, and minerals. Flavors are the same, but also include bitter orange and a decent amount of hops. Appearance is excellent, but the flavor let me down a little. It was a bit to metallic for my liking. I expected it to open up as it warmed like many Belgians do, but it never happened. Not a strong recommendation.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a hazey yellowish amber with a large head. smells of fruit, malt, and a bit of yeast. mouthful is very crisp and dry with a long bitter hop finish. different than other trappist ales i have tasted...
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favourite belgian beers available in Scotland! Horrah. Orangey red when poured with a tight white head with good carbonation. Fantastic aroma of peppery hops, fresh cut flowers and caramel. large gooseberry character with citrus fruits and a fantastic sour bitter finish. I love the lactci sourness too this beer -sooo refreshing.
BuckeyeSammy (616) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Brassy apricot amber color (burnt orange). Minimal lacing. A bit of acidic spice, carbonation. Light fruits, yeast throughout nose and flavor. Hoppy hints. Spice was a little overwhelming.