JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden amber with thick creamy white head. Floral hop aroma with a slightly bitter hop taste.. only minor fruit accents. Crisp finish.
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 1a) 9 months old. Pineapple, green apple, banana, cinnamon and horse aroma. Antiseptic and biscuit notes; earthy spice and yeast, low bitterness and carbonation, underripe banana and pepper. So drinkable, but overrated.
1b) (most recent rate)- 5 months old. Aroma of dishcloth, mould on gooseberries, horse rubbed down with aloe vera moisturiser. Bazooka chews and pine, more juiciness than bite, hints of biscuits. Quite wooden and resinous with shavings of lime, tonic splashes, a fair bit of alcohol. G+T finish. Needs time.
2) Shelf of bottles courtesy of Jenner Imports. Bludgeoning floral aroma; lily pollen, lavender, pig shit, cough-inducing carbon dioxide, gooseberry jamminess, unblended lambic, hospital corridor, funk. Just so lean and sessionable. Mad, flowery, gooseberry hops, biting fresh yeast, biscuity malts for balance. Can’t get enough of that lack of residual sugars. Mmm. In a world where everything is becoming the same, still unique.
3)(Original rate) Muddy orange, spiralling fingers of bubbles. Grass, alcohol, bubblegum and cinammon in the aroma. Whatever Jagermeister is spiced with, that also. Could happily sit here inhaling this all evening. Might wash my hair in it. Flavour begins with sweet, overripe banana, but finishes with a bludgeoning punch of dry hops you just don’t see coming. Irresistibly fragrant, well-balanced beer.
4) Re-rate, 23/01/07. Didn’t mention the pillows of suds, wheaty afters and aromatic herbal booziness. This is simply one of the most unique, complex and uncompromising beers in the world.
5) Re-rate 20/03/07 Hmm. Musty hops, horseblanket, booze, banana, cardboard and metal. Nothing like as bitter or maybe as great as I once thought. Still a classic, though...
6)(09/10/07) Acidic sparkle, lambic funk. Sour lemon and brie rind in the nose like an Oude gueuze. But no other beer in the world smells like this. Or tastes like it, come to think of it. Hop onslaught cushioned with biscuity malt. What an intense balance. A beer that yields up something different every time you drink it, and it’s always something good.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 05, best by 2010. Aroma is grassy, perfume, flowers, alcohol, bubble gum. Pours cloudy orange with bubbly foam on top. Taste is big on the flowers- what I would imagine dandelions to taste like, but I can’t say for sure. I get some banana in there, with other generic "fruit" flavors. I would like to steep cut up pears in this beer. The perfume aroma couples with the spice (certainly clove and cinnamon) in a way that makes it sometimes taste soapy (in a bad way). Finishes quite dry. Bubbly carbonation is appropriate, but not my cup of tea.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. bottled on 4/01/05. Aroma: Alot going on here. Mint, coriander, floral, cherry, vanilla, and strangely enough, cotton candy. Appearance: depending on the light, it’s either deep golden or light orange. Either way it’s very hazy with a good amount of floaties dancing about the brew. Large off white creamy looking head never really disappeared. Just kind of diminished into a smaller head. Lacing that could only be called perfect. Flavor: Where to start? The floral flavor pops out first. Not roses, kind of reminds me of Hydrangias. Next sip it’s fruit: lemon, banana, apple, pear. Next sip spiciness: coriander, clove, cinnamon. Then there’s a subtle earthiness underneath everything. I can’t do this one justice. Way to much complexity for me to break down. Only off thing is a slight metallic twang in the first few sips. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation was spot on. Finish was very crisp and refreshing. Alcohol left a warming sensation that coated my whole mouth. Overall: I haven’t had an Orval in many years. Last time I had it, I wasn’t really into beer yet and thought it was ’weird’. Weird is good! What a fantastic beer. Complex, balanced, and easy to drink. A masterpiece.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy copper with a head that, try as I might, I could not keep under control. Spicy aromas lead with yeasts and dark fruits following. Has an odd bitter kick that I found enjoyable. Finishes crisp.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is bready and alcoholic. Taste is yeasty/bready, alcohol is very well hidden. Pours a hazy dark gold. Reminds of me of Hennepin, although this is easier to drink.
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve heard the phrase that "Everyone will drink Orval...." Now I know why. The pour is a hazy nut-brown with a stucco-like head, almost clumping (beautiful!). The nose is a dead ringer for Jägermeister (try picturing it next time, and see if it’s not bullseye). Flavors are light, with clove oil essence, Allspice, cinammon, and a lemon-hopped bitterness that come together in nice, light medicinal tone. There is a subliminal bitter finish, and the pseudo-numbing mouthfeel provides warmth and comfort. Well done, and nicely well-rounded!
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. eh, this did very little for me. not a great flavor. quite bitter. didnt enjoy that much, prolly wont try again.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dull orange color with a nice white head. The aroma was unusual with a strong smell of yeast. The hop flavor and aroma is also very noticeable. The flavor was a bit sour and dry. The floral taste was not really to my liking but all in all, not a bad beer.
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée à la LCBO (Kingston, ONT) lors d’un séjour au Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Arôme: Odeur de bananes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde ambrée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et de fleurs. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #528)