01jimmen (9) - umea, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very special trappist,not like the others.Very dry!Distinguished taste of hops,yeast and coriander!Not my favourite trappist but you got to love the non-profit trappist breweries!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 I remember telling an ex girlfriend many years ago that I loved craft beer, especially from Belgium. She went to our local store, Hallís, in Colleyville, Texas, and bought me Orval. I hated it. Looking back, I think that was my first encounter with Brettanomyces. That was in 1997. After four more years and falling in love with lambics, I bought another bottle; the world changed in the blink of an eye. Iíve been in love ever since.
A monstrosity of a rocky white head with gaping crevasses dutifully adorns a frolicsome orange body with forceful carbonation. The lid of foam is everlasting; even when the liquid is gone a glob of soapy bubbles remain. This lacing is the reason I take notice of lacing to this day. Aroma is decadent, brimming over with coriander, brett, fresh farmhouse funkiness, lavender, tangerines, herbs and hints at a million other brief nuances of guilty pleasure. The flavor, oh the exciting flavor, it never gets tiresome. Heaping piles of funk, citrus, tangy hops, wood, candy sugar, cream, yeast and enough sweet malt to round it out gracefully. Palate is so exhuberant, so lavish and intriguing. The finish is soft and spicy at once, and is clearly the epitome of sophistication. This beer still has me at my knees begging for the secret, for the answers. Simply amazing. Orval really did change me. Thankfully it wasnít the only one that had a profound effect on my tastes and meditations about craft beers. Iíll have another!
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow with a big white head. Light body. Subtle spices. Fruity aspects.
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep orange color with a fluffy white head that diminishes but remains...floral/ perfume aroma stings the nostrils ...this is not a typical Belgian...very dry mouth feel ...an unusual tingle in the back of my throat similar to pop rocks...a fun beer to drink...not a whole lot of flavor though a mellow bitter finish thats dry
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally this beer goes well into my body. Had it to fish, which was excellent. Perfumed in a good way. Not too much doubt of this is a top world beer eventhough some, inclusive me, needs time to realize that point.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
this ale has a head like no other. foamy, airiated three-finger head. though it erodes, it never diasappears. what little goes does leave a beautiful lacing on the glass. cloudy orange-amber tint. i almost hated taking a sip, and would rather admire the appearance for a while.thereís an aroma iím not subjected to too often. it is hoppy, but itís not an american hoppy. it leans towards that of fuzzy oak and smooth herbs (is there such a thing?). i thought it had an orange essnce, but upon further review, i say itís closer to orange peel. the taste reveals a spicy feel but an oaky palate. the dry-hop is best shown here. orval has the fizziness of a bottle of moet & chandonís nectar imperial - in that, it just doesnít ever subside. itís good, but i prefer a lingering finish. orval does not possess this. i think i was hoping for a more tongue-coating experience.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
slightly hazy orange with a big off white head. aroma light but nice. light musty orange hops with a hint of banana. flavor balanced bittersweet slightly herbal orange. bitter finish. medium body. lively carbonation. interesting beer. i need to try this one again.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 11.2oz bottle dated 4/1/06. matilda vs. orval. pours a beautiful clear deep amber with big head. appearance is identical to matilda. aroma is very oaky, with orange peel, sublte barnyard smells, brett, and stale hops. flavor is spicy (coriander), very yeasty, oak, and brett. very subtle, dry, complex, and delicious. mouthfeel is a pleasant fizzyness and finishes extremely dry. this beer is more mellow than matilda, has an oakyness that matilda doesnt, and finishes drier. i could drink this all day, every day. thanks to matilda for playing but orval wins!.4.3.
11/12/07, bottled 6/30/06, the brett has really come out but a bit too much as this is really dry and not very complex. i think a bit too much age for this beer with brett.3.8.
12/10/07, bottled 6/30/05. a big bretty aroma with apple and green grape peels. flavor is almost bone dry but slightly odd and off putting fruity flavor with apples and pears. a sharp and fizzy but full mouth feel. i will no longer be aging orval.3.6.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orange. A very tasty and unique beer , but it is my least favorite of the trappist beers I have tried. Spicy and yeasty with a very dry finish and gets better with every sip. Make sure to drink it at the suggested temperature.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Pours a very cloudy amber/brown with a rocky one inch head that fades very slowly to a very thick cap and ring, leaving behind thck lacing.
Smell; strong grassy and earthy notes, as well as some hints of honey.Thereís a bit of sourness and tartness, along with some fruitiness I canít quites place.
Taste; the grass/hay qualities jump out at me at first as well as a bit of a funky earthiness. The mildly sweet honey flavors come out next, followed by a tartness thatís a little drying in the finish with a bit of a hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium boded and creamy, and pretty easy to drink desite itís dry finish.
I didnít really care for this the first time I tried it, but I have come to enjoy Saisons and other similar styles over the last few years, so I figured Iíd give it another shot. Iím glad I did.