breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of bottle into chalice glass. Nice color and head. Unique aroma and taste; multiple flavors. Long finish.
andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
there is a strong tase of rose aroma in the nose but the end is quite bitter.
OlMalteserHead (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, itís certainly something different. A unique flowery nose, with a nice thick head and cloudy, light amber body, with a flowery taste that gets you on the roof of the mouth, tastes a little sour for me though.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank in a trappist glass. Orange / Amber poor with a small sticky off-white head. Aromas are very floral, spruce, pine, bread, a hint of caramel and oranges. This beer is ever changing. Very good bitterness... good balance with a dry finish. Flavors are preaty much the same, added a hint of pepper and coriander.
thewolf (11875) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy orange with yeast coming down the sides of the bottle. Head is thin and white, but it stays for quite some time. Very aromatic with banana, oranges and yeast. Quite high carbonated for the style - lots of bubbles. Taste is dry and slightly peppery with another bout of oranges. Fills up your mouth pretty well.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Vintage April 06; 6.9%. Pour is a murky, ambery, copper color. with a full, rocky, off-white head which is somewhat lasting and produces nice lacing. Nose is fruity and complex; notes of plum, honeydew, light yeast muskiness, tart notes of sour apple, some clove, maybe some floral and blackberry also. Flavor is a big disappointment sour apple and orange citrus are dominant with a decent amount of bitterness and dust. Palate is medium-light, lively, and dry. Finishes quickly, dry, refreshing, and almost ghostly with citrus and bitterness. From the pour and nose, the beer was huge disappointment. One of the most interesting noses but lacking any depth on the flavor or palate. Not bad but nothing compared to other trappists. I donít see the appeal to this; it is unique but the beer has no depth or complexity of flavor. Maybe someone could explain to me why everyone thinks so highly of Orval.
DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank a bottle at Kafe Belgie. Highly proclaimed Belgian Trappist ale. Got it served at the right temperature (12-14 C). Really enjoyed it. A fruity and creamy beer with a bit of a dry aftertaste. The amount of alcohol is pretty low compared to the other Trappist beers but I think thatís rather positive.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 I first drank Orval in a cafe in Brussels, and Iím a big fan, but Iíve tried to be objective in my rating. Its is a dry, hoppy beer compared to the other Trappists, refreshing and complex. Iíll cut to the chase - a great beer. If youíre reading this and havenít tried it, go out a buy one now! Another retrospective re-rate. Again I got carried away with the final score.
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Bottled shared by Odeed! Thanks Jake! Bottled 1/24/06, Appley, caramelly, spicy nose; Slightly hazy orange with a medium tan head; Flavor of cinnamon and cloves, caramel, and yeast with a tinyevidence of hops in the finish. 6/4/7/3/13 3.3 12/11/06
330ml bottle from Bevmo Salinas bottled 5/20/11. Nose is yeast, light cloves, green apples, and a tiny hint of barnyard. Murky yellow orange with a medium, lightly lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is yeasty, a slight bitterness with a small amount of contrasting sweetness, and slight fruitiness. Finishes with light bitterness. Still not my favorite Belgian Ale but smooth and drinkable.
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 2007 Bottle 6.9% abv. Bright orange color with large bubbly white head and some lacing. Rich fruity aroma with light hops and perfume like scent. Flavor is great, spicy, light malts and nice fruity hops. Slight alcohol tingle. Complex and well-balanced.