bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this beer! Now - I could lament for days about one sip of Orval.
Woody aroma, the sweetness of silage (yeah - I know, weird), fennel, spicy white pepper characteristic and oh so much more.
The Brett really shines through in this example - wet dog, barnyard, whatever you call it! Pleasant Brett character leaving also a richness of malt. not really all that sour. Slight acetic quality but faint. Lovin it!
AgentGobshite (25) - peachland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
my very favorite trappist ale! smells like the wood that i work with every day...and i still freaking like it!
Fukito (1008) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Lubiere!! you are a man of word! Beer presents an orangey and slightly hazy outfit with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma is very singular peaches, lemon, hay, phenols, apples. Tastes of herbs, hoppy, very difficult to describe... Has a werid peppery, spicy, anise feeling with a bitter-caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, VERY (I mean VERY) dry, quenching. Very idiosincratic and complex.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brownish orange with decent off-white head. Aroma of bananas, some yeast, and citrusy hops. Very dry hoppy flavor with some fruity sweetness. Pretty tasty but doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
Arayaga2 (2079) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma of cider and bananas and spices. Huge off white head that reduces to what looks like a marshmallow. Thin disappointing taste and watery mouthfeel with sour gym sock fermentation aftertaste. An unpleasant shock for my 300th rating.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a slight tan head on it, and it is a hazy color to it. taste is defintely of apples and cinnammen, and sour
LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 ***Re-rate****
Wow what a difference time makes! Great zesty spicy aroma. Pour was tear jerking beautiful. A nice dark gold with a huge 4 finger off white head that you could rest a quarter on. Taste was very spicy and drinkable. Heavy yeast and hops in the front with a sweet dried fruit taste coming in an out. As it warms it sours and tastes a little like a saison. Definately different than all the other trappist beers. Lovely!
AR4 AP2 FL4 PAL3 OI9 TOTAL 2.2
So far my least favorite trappist. Hazy yellow pour that looks like ginger ale. The aroma was alcohol/spice. The taste was sour and, yes, very dry. These monks do not impress me.
BelgianBeerGal (3705) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cL bottle. It is a unique flavor and I’m not a big fan. Hard to describe the flavor but it seemed quite sour throughout. My least favorite of all the trappists.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 (Bottle) Pours red/brown/orange. Fruity, dry hopped aroma with orage and lemon. Light banana, apple and some cherrie notes. Undertones of nuts, hey and medicine Bretty.. Hoppy, really dry mouthfeel with some fruityness and a light spicy and yeasty background. A bit sourish. Light to medium body with a medium to big, citric afterbitterness.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Ah yes. A light brown-orange haze pierced through with massive bubbles. Huge 2-inch stark white head that lasts and lasts. Nose is full of varied esters. Aroma gives off predominantly apples, some caramel, citrus, orange, a bit of tart barnyard/hay odor. Taste is similar: funky yeast, apples, honey, caramel, lemon. Not too much spice - was expecting more clove, banana, coriander, and whatnot - but still excellent. A really nice bitter finish that you’re not going to find in very many other Trappists - definitely sets this brew apart from its closest peers. Very high carbonation makes this easily drinkable as does its uniqueness, even for a Belgian brew.