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.
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a brownish/orange color with a sizable off-white head. Aroma is earthy with a bit of spice. Some yeasty qualities as well. Dry vinous qualities up front. Fairly bitter. Pretty full flavored brew. Gets better as drink more.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light bright but hazy orange amber, topped by an impossible mound of beige foam. Great clumpy head retention with thick foamy lacing. Malty aroma - dark malts and honey at first, a little tart and funky behind that. Then a lot tart after that!
Sharp and tangy beer - with tangerine, bitter grassy hops, yeast, dry toasted malt and a bit of barnyard funk (I know what goat hooves smell like - this is similar, but subdued). Medium body, soft but biting carbonation. Delightful and delicious. A damn shame it is so pricey.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 4/1/2006. The bottle forcefully spat out some gas when opened. A massive mound of white chunky head sit atop a dark brown beer. Aroma is a mix of a citric tartness and classic Belgian yeastiness, but neither of these aromas are too strong. The beer looks effervescent, but the carbonation is unnoticable on the palate. Sweet malty notes at the beginning with a dry, mildly sour finish. This beer grew on me the longer I nursed it. Very nice.
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really like this beeer, but its rather dry and drinks almost like a chardonnay. Usually dryness is not a quality thats sought (hence the palate score), but I thought it was tasty, and a bit of a change from some of the other trappists Ive had recently.
alfmaester (8) - godalming, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Belguim beers are my favourite and this one fairs quite well. It has sort of a clear amber colour and has a great long aftertaste. A bit of orange in the flavour too. Yep, a satisfying conclusion.