axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 The beer immediately began to slowly foam up and out of the top after cracked. Medium orange body with lots of bubbles and a blanket-like off-white head. That headís going nowhere anytime soon. It looks like melted marshmellow. Very complex nose. I smell light citrus with cloves, cinnamon, barnyard, and flowers. Like nothing Iíve tasted before. Starts off tasting a bit like green tea with mint and a little pepper. The finish was an earthy funk and apple taste with a mild hop and spice hint and a pinch of salt. Alcohol mildly present in the aftertaste.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden hued with a head like stiffly beaten whipped cream. I managed a pour without getting a glob of the secondary yeast in my Trappist glass. I suppose I would characterize the aroma as floral and spicy, but I couldnít help but note the smell of cheap vinyl Ben Cooper costumes (which does not negatively impact either the aroma or taste). Certainly not as sweet as other Trappist ales (although thereís citrus and spices, not so much candi sugar) and definitely more hoppy. Sour notes along the edges as well, not unlike, say, a lambic. Slightly medicinal and bitter floral somewhere in the middle. Drying charactistic persists long after the finish. Quite an enjoyable and interesting experience.
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured an opaque orange brown with a very large frothy off white head with excellent lacing, body was cloudy with small to medium yeast(?) particles. Aroma was very complex but dominated by cloves and citrus. First taste notes, bitter, alcohol, cloves, slightly salty. Tasted stronger than listed at 6.9%. It has been years since my last Belgium Ale and it may be this style is not my cup of tea. The spicy bitterness just did not do it for me. The finish was long, bitter and alcoholic. Carbonation was lively and overall the texture was dry yet creamy (can it be both?).
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Bottle. Pours a golden copper with a pretty big white head. The aroma is very spicy: zest, raw cinnamon, lavender, witch hazel (the plant, not the astringent). The flavor is mega-spicy. It has everything listed in the aroma along with some notes of green wood and alcohol. This is a bit too spicy for me. Spice can be good, but here it overwhelms the beer character and seems like carbonated, alcoholic herbal tea. With food this would be good, perhaps paired with steak.
Addendum: after having tried several different bottles of this, it really does change with age. The bottle I rated was fresh; I far prefer it with some age on it. The brett comes through more and those unpleasant herbal tones fade out. Quite a good brew, actually, after all.
ebarnes (239) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep gold, almost brown with a nice white head. Yet another Trappist ale the gets better as it warms. Very nice beer.
norlem (8) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange coloured beer with a very complex and promising aroma. The taste is an interesting mixture of sweetness, spiciness and higher order alcohols. The most intriguing about this classic (and very good) beer is that it tastes different every time you try it.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured Orangeish brown with huge white frothy, creamy head. Aroma was yeasty, with slight flowery smell. First sip brought spicy (Cinnamon) notes, as it warmed I got more of a flowerish taste, the fruity notes started to come out. It finished with a slightly bitter, hoppy flavor. Very smooth, extremely easy to drink. This is a delightful beer, that lived up to everything iíve heard about it. I only wish this wasnít the last one at the bottle shop.
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man does this beer smell good. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that seems to last forever. Fruity flavors without the alcohol flavors found in some trappist ales. Very very good beer.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dry "Orval-unique" taste and mouthfeel. Rather spicy, perfumed and with lots of fruity notes. I wouldnt hesitate buying and drinking it another time.. :-)
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 Aroma: yeasty, spicy, apple peel, vanilla, hops, malt and elderberry.
Orange yellow, cloudy with a white head.
Bitter, vaguely sourish, slightly burnt, bitter sourish aftertaste.
It feels a bit stale, thin, old and peculiar.
When I really poured the sediments into it a wonderful bitterness appeared, similar to that in a gueuze.