brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Cloudy, orange-amber color,setiment floating,nice head that doesnít disappear quickly.Strong hoppy smell, with just a touch of fruit. Classic complex taste, lingers nicely in the mouth.The way it coats the mouth, it may not be a good companion with many foods.I loved the aftertaste. Glob of head lasted till end. Tastes best from a Chimay glass.Added feature, the glass had a wonderful fragrance after I had finished.
larsniclas (5193) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottled
Cloudy orange with a large bubbly head.
Sourish aroma with pomerance, clove and some other spices.
Light, warming alco-feel.
Fresh and sourish.
Spiciness from citrus here as well.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a huge foamy head which leads to great lacing. Very complex aroma, sugary banana with citrusy orange and a hint of alcohol. Complex taste also, acidic with aftertastes of wood. Slightly bitter and a bit sweet. Very long and pleasant finish. Medium bodied and dry. With lively carbonation. The alcohol is masked just enough so you know that it is there. Very nice thick yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
slight yeast aroma with some hints of an oak barrel. honey-orange body with a modest amount of lacing. lots of carbonation. tastes similar to a lambic. somewhat champagne-ish with some fruit and a slightly bitter finish.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange body with a pleasent off-white head. Not much lacing.
Belgian candi sugar, hops and a bit of sourness dominate the aroma. Hops become more pronounced as the beer warms.
Sour and hoppy. Spicy. Maybe even a tart apple. Yeast is lending some interesting flavors too. Complex. May require more testing in the future.
Very dry, crisp finish. Acidic tartness too. Prickly on the tongue.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 The head just stuck around till the very end. It smelled wonderful, and I enjoyed the flavor immensely. Easily one of my favorite beers.
RERATE: The pour is a light orange with a very large rocky white head. Aroma is hoppy, flowery, spicy. Very aromatic and attractive even before the first sip. This is a beer you can just sit and sniff for an hour before your first taste. The palate is perfect with just the right amount of carbonation and dry finish. Itís delicious and refreshing, not to mention beautiful.
Bottled 6/27/2006, almost a year and a half old. Pour is a bright amber/orange color. The head is white lace smoothly covering the beer and climbing the glass. A beautiful beer. The aroma is sweet yet spicy. Full in the nose and very attractive. Flavor is ever-changing, sweet and creamy to dry and spicy. The perfect example of a complex Belgian beer. I can imagine drinking this beer after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but I can also picture sipping it by a fire in the cold of winter. Itís perfect for every occasion.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 When the foam subsided, it had a hazy orangy color and a splendid head that stuck around for the duration. Tons of fruity and floral aromas, lemon, pepper. Fairly well hopped, reminds me in a way of a Witbier but bigger, kind of acidic, spices, grapefruit, melon, really different. Finished dryish and tart. Ex. 17/07/2007
mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
As I remember and expected, this is a very complex beer. Even more so when it warms up. Sour, alcohol but lean toward the sour. Good, but not my favorite.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This orangey-brown beer has a nice thick head and light lacing. The nose is perfumey with clove and lemon on a soft malt backdrop. The palate has a rich rye bread character with light citrusy nuances. The finish is lemony and lightly spicy with a definite note of lavender that lingers.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 FIRST RATING: 2.5. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a cloudy dark orange-golden with generous off-white foamy head. Aroma is of sour apples with straw, grass, vegetal. Flavor is a food sour with hops and straw, vegetal. The alcohol also comes through in this one. Like an apple cider with straw, hops. Not going to be one of my favorites. Nice lace - head stays. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
RERATE MARCH 24, 2006: This time, I tried another bottle of Orval with the mindset that I was about to drink a sour, lambic style beer, which I enjoy. The date of the bottle is 13/10/05 (Oct 13, 2005). Aroma and flavor are amazing, like nothing I remember. Sour, musty, cobwebs - I absolutely loved it!! This beer is now one of my favorites. I believe that the palate truly does change after awhile. I didnít know what to expect the first time I tried it. After having Cantillion 1900, I went in this time with that beer in mind. Sampled at approximately 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit.