benpickens (448) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ample amount of carb, frothy and long lasting head - honey colored. Smells of oranges, lemons, and short bread. Crispy, malty undercurrent, and long dry finish.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one great frigginí beer. WOW. I know, I know...not real thought provoking. But when you get something this great it can be hard sometimes to put into words how good the beer is. The aroma is just something beautiful to behold (or inhale in this case). Itís slightly sour acidicness made me think of a wine a little, but there was a bit of pepperyness there, some orangepeels and a little bit of funk going around. Appearance is a dark burnt orange color with an incredibly huge fluffy head. This head was so huge you could build something on it and itíd last 50 damn years. HUGE! Mouthfeel was really complex. Just when i thought it was bubbly and carbonated it switched gears and was creamy and light. The flavor though is the best part. Incredibly complex from start to finish. Another reviewer hit it head on, when he said itís a flemish sour, witbier and a saison all combined. I might even go as far as saying itís got a little lambic in it as well. The bitterness factor in this beer is just off the charts. Itís not bitter like IPA or DIPA bitter where the flavor just sort of wears ya down. This is uplifting and intense. This is one of the best beers Iíve had in quite a few weeks. For some reason Iíve not reviewed this beer before, so I guess it was high-time it got going. I recommend this beer to anyone who wants to have a GREAT example of a Belgian ale.
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle. Hazy pour with large white head. Complex sour/fruity taste. This is very odd but not bad at all.
KidA (19) - Morristown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The legendary Orval... Beautiful cloudy golden rust body with rapidly dissolving head; reminds me of apple cider. Smells and tastes of lemon-hops. Thin but carbonated with lingering sour and spice but little density. Not what I expected but still pretty tasty.
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic foam but a bit hazy. Intense aroma with a slightly sour tang. Light and refreshing body and a long powerful aftertaste. A classic.
Jayb0 (1108) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perhaps the best looking bottle on the shelf, I had very high expectations. In the bottle for just under one year I found that perhaps this is too young for the Orval. Nice rocky head dies down to a pleasant spotty film. Very inviting nose with citrus and autumn spices. clean, red amber. The taste, a bit muted, I thought. Good hop and spice, very dry, a bit astringent. Perhaps best to pair with food as it would stand up well. Iíd like to try a 3-5 year old bottle, I think a bit of mingling and mellowing could send this beer into the upper echelon. For now, just good.
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the worlds most fragrant bierís, citrus abounds (dry hopping) plus spice produced from Brettanomyces wrapped together like a work of art. The Appearence is clean & more clear than I remember (additional filtering I suppose) a radient orange amber with excellent head retention....perfect.
The flavour has a fine Pilsner like base with carmel undertones. Has aggressive lactic bite, but mellow in the finish, dry yet sweet character of candi sugar. I love to pair this with stinky extra extra sharp cheese but for most palates would overwhelm the dish.
Overall outstanding example of a Belgian Specialty beer produced to satisfy even the most descriminating beerlover.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 drunk from my tulip glass, an enjoyable drink...quite bitter and hoppy, but enjoyable non the less...a bit over rated, but hey, what isnít?
RERATE oh the brett funk is awesome - a Belgian IPA and better than all the recent interpretations. Just gets better and better. Great with or without age. Initially it is quite hoppy. With a year or two the malt is more prevalent and the lovely brett kiss is more appealing. My favourite lambic :). The head on this is a monster - it just wonít die. Foamy at the top and bubbly at the bottom, clinging to the beer with every twirl and parry of the glass. Truly a beer for the ages.
Muggus69 (1685) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served at cellar temperature in goblet. Been a long time since iíve had one of these but iíve been looking forward to it. Aroma is intense; spice, cirtus (orange, lemon, possibly even grapefruit?), sherbert, subdued roasted malts and floral hops. Pours a opaque copper body with a fluffy sort of head. Body isnít a thick as I imagined. Flavour reminds me almost of an IPA of sorts; quite dry, cirtus hop and spice notes, long lingering bitterness, with a lemon peel sort of finish. Almost medicinal at times. Unique, certainly, seems to take on a style of its own, particularly at this temperature; perhaps thatís why I donít feel it was as good as I remembered.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 11/7/06 Bottled: pours a hazy lihgt amber with a thick fluffy off-white head. Yeasty fruity aroma - pear, green apple, spices, corriander. A really wonderful nose. Lots of carbonation on the tongue, with the thick feeling chewy head. dark candied, apple and pear fruit flavors that are sour but surrounded by a mellow earthiness. Finishes rather sweet and earthy. An excellent beer.
5/6/09 Pours a golden amber with a huge beige head that collapses to a rocky landscape eventually settling into the flat lands but not without leaving a patchwork of lace. Complex nose of yeast, bubblegum, lemons, pears, and dough with herbal hops. The herbal/earthy hops dominate this fresh beer but underneath the malt, citrus, and pear peak out from the leather earthiness of the hops. Long bitter earthy finish drying out. 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2