rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep opaque orange with a foamy white head that forms a creamy island and leaves sticky lace. It has a pleasant nose, full of perfume with hoppy and orange citrus notes. The body is complex but thinner than expected with a dry and lightly acidic finish. It's surprisingly alcholic, for its strength, in both body and aroma.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Intense aroma, very spicy, tons of hops, amd a good dose of fruit in the nose. Pours a nice dull orange with a tall ivory head with large bubbles. Flavor is very complex with an initial layer of lightly malty fruity spice, then followed with a spicy floral hopped bitterness, then finishes with a very dry, floral hop finish. The carbonation really brings this brew to life and keeping the taste trailing on and on in the finish.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was amoung the collection of beers I brought home from the trip to Brussels, which I didnít try while I was there (All for under 1 euro a piece). Upon first taste, I was disappointed, mostly because I wasnít expecting it. Its very different from the other belgiums I have had. As I finish the final sip now, I am certainly impressed. The flavor is extremely hoppy. It has a very difficult taste to describe, mostly because it is so different from most of the other beers I have had.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Muggy orange/brown, huge rocky head, seems rather restrained for a trappist beer, mild ín spicy, long long complex fruit/spice finish. Itís good, itís not outstanding, can see why people get excited about it but I didnít enjoy it quite as much as other belgians.
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle 11.2 oz. Purchased @ Total Wine, Claymont, DE $5.99. Cloudy amber/orange w super off white head that was like rocky merangue on top of large bubble foam. Aroma is mezmerizing, noticing a different aspect every time I sniff. Creamy light roasted malt, herbs & spices, light perfume and mild but fresh, clean, slightly skunky hops. Flavor is amazing. First there is a burst, followed by a short lull and rather thin mouthfeel then it snaps back followed by an unbelievely long complex finish. There is a short pulse of pronounced hop bitterness early on. Its like the flavors are each timed to do their thing then let the others take a turn.Very slight malt sweetness & also tart with a nice hop nip. Spicey, herbal, perfumey, with a slight touch of the belgian clove taste & a hint of fine cognac. On the low end of medium bodied, but then again medium bodied on the finish. Trying to describe it with finite characteristics would be like trying to describe the tastes of Drambuie or Benedictine. This is an example of something that could never be made in the USA. Very refined, world class stuff. Gotta sip this often.
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits. Rosy brown, and even when poured slowly, a huge head is formed - enormous, colossal, firm and rocky. Interesting aroma, orange peel and wine, which becomes more insistent the longer you sniff. Extremely tasty: peppery, with hints of pickled fruit. Easy drinking, yet packed with firm flavour. Balanced, dusty, fizzy feel. One word: great (in every sense).
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its about time I rated Orval. Big root beer type head with a dark golden color. Semi-sweet aroma of grapes, bananas and plums. Light and dry in the initial taste. Taste of raisins, some sprinkling of pepper in there, and dont forget the hops. Alcohol is there at every stage but not overwhelming. A very enjoyable beer.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Cloudy and copper color. Great aroma of flowers and fruit (banana and citrus) Aroma is itís best aspect. In fact, if Glade made an Orval scented plugin, Iíd buy it. Fruity and malty with a very dry finish. Very dry. In fact, a bit too dry for me. 10/3/6/2/13
Re-Rate Bottle, dated 17.02.2005. Now that I have a higher brett appreciation, itís time to go back and re-rate a classic. Poured into my Orval chalice, and it looks like champion ... hazy and orange, some floaties, and great lacing. The aroma isnít as strong as I remember, but Iím not touching that 10. The last bottle smelled great a week after the beer was gone. Still as dry as I remember, but thatís a good thing. Silky smooth to start, dry as a bone to finish. Sweets and spices to start, farmhouse to finish. By the end, the banana, citrus, malt and hop bitterness all come together. Aspects of a tripel, traditional Belgian, IPA, saison ... what a truly unique creation.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy brownish orange, with an abundant light tan head. Wonderful malty, floral, spicy aroma with notes of citrus and alcohol. Flavor was sublime, with a dry spicyness from the hops up front and an ensuing sweet fruity maltiness, containing flavors of plum, raisins, cinnamon, and citrus, with a hint of alcohol in the finish. And what an excellent champagne-like dryness! I have to say that I love this one.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lite Amber with a big bubbly head. Very funky smelling with a lingering floweriness. Some grapefruit and horsehair. Body is a little lite for me. Very hoppy, peppery and interesting. I wa told that this was from the last batch of Orvals brewed with an open-secondary. Cool!