nearbeer (4723) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 3 month old bottle (dated 11/04/2006), poured in English pint glass. Created immense stalagmite of dense creamy foam; had to settle a few minutes to pour more. Whole earth, with slight corn and chiclet gum scents. Started it with a very spicy shrimp/pasta dish, the fire of which the alcohol immensely amplified; I had to quickly wolf down dinner, cleanse my palate, and get back to the beer. Orval at first doesn’t seem to have a lot of taste, just dryness, but as I see the glass down, it has a slightly caramel-woody front, and a dry-hoppy finish; this beer is multifaceted and satisfying. Only the cottony cobwebs of lace are left now. Even though this is dangerously drinkable already, I think its not quite yet "come together" as intended, and will sample an older bottle in the future. You gotta love the holy men who brew beer exactly as Jesus set forth in the (apocryphal, according to some) Gospel of Fermentations. Note: bottle says 6.9 % ABV instead of 6.2.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. deep apricot color with thick frothy off white head and carbonation. spicy, yeast, citrus, rich malt, apricot, small sugar aroma. smooth and creamy but with a definite bite. spicy and dry. fig or apricot is the fruit. very nice
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blonde copper color with a huge white head . Aroma of fruit and citrus. Some Bitter from the hops and a good amount of spiceness. Good full finish. Great Beer!!!!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick creamy white head, lots of carbonation, light amber color, slightly hazy, good noble hop aroma with a little funk, light malt, slight caramel flavor with a wonderfull dry brett finish. One of the most refreshing beers ever.
drpimento (2970) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
huge thick foamy textured head, intensely aromatic; orangish amber color. citrusy malty caramel yeasty hoppy nose. curious sweet yet bitter complexity. Fabulously sublime beer. I bow down. Had this from a bottle at Bodega downtown.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium very sticky fine head.
Aroma of hop bitterness. Taste balances between hop bitterness, spices and also some sourness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Nice long lasting dry finish in the mouth.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 A pale brown pour with a a light creamy head. A fruity nose with a wonderful yeasty flavor and hints of sourness in the bpdu with hints of fruit (apple maybe?). A nice dry finish.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Pours a nice light amber with a monstrous creamy white head that lasts awhile. The lacing is spectacular as well. Notes of sandlawood, tobacco, and ripe fruit. Very complex flavor with a high level of carbonation. Notes of the sandalwood or whatever aromatic that is definately dominate the palate. The finish is nice and dry, but kind of a let sown as far as the score. I remember liking this much more.
Re-rate: New bottle to score, and it was definately the Orval I remember, very deep and complex.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Pours a dark amber color with a massive head that leaves thick foamy lace down the glass. Has a wonderful aroma of fruit and yeast. Tastes fruity, mostly apples, with a long unique finish. One of my favorite Trappists.
robinvboyer (4000) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer should have its own category.
more of a saison than a heavy trappist ale. lots of corriander, and hops, and its nice and dry in the finish. very nice.