heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 A cloudy red color with lots of lacing and a long lasting head. Apple and spicy apricot in the aroma. Also smells of bananas and ginger. The flavor has a full apple and some mild malt taste. Also hints of cherries and some hay. Has a salty finish. All kinds of flavors here. Every drink presents a new taste. A full mouthfeel. Very impressive.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is the first thing to notice. Very good, with fruit clearly apparent but not particularly clear whcih fruit. The head is nothing special, and the appearance is cloudy. The flavor, though, is fantastic. My overall impression is very high.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Apologies but this just isn't my style. The orange body and off white head were inviting and the aroma tremendously complex. But the taste was beyond my ability to appreciate, apparently. Couldn't get through the entire glass.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orval is a classic trippel with a great stained colour. Aroma is fantasically complex. Tasting Orval is an assualt of the tastebuds with slight citrus, malt. Finish is dry and a bit bitter. Outstanding stuff from the Monks.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden color, with an increibly nice and lasting head. Aroma is sweet and spicy.The flavor is somewhat sour, bitter, definitely a dry finish. Pretty good Trappist.
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow- very complex beer. Aroma of yeast and hops is powerful, but not sharp. The appearance is top notch- amber with a BIG, foamy, cream colored head that leaves thick lacing. Flavor is unusual- definitely a hoppy grapefruit character, but there are other, earthier flavors difficult to pin down as the beer transistions from effervescent to creamy to dry in palate. Finish is very dry. I was truly sorry when I got to the bottom of the glass on this one.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour with care, this has a massive head that likes to linger. Too quick a pour, and you might spend a good half hour trying to get the rest in the bottle. Straw and heather tastes, perhaps a little on the wild side but not so much to ruin the flavor. Fruity and complex.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is like many belgians to me ,intense, highly complex and tends to either appeal to or turn off. Well made and a must try
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz. brown ten-pin shaped bottle. Even looks like a little bowling pin. Anyway, it was bottled on 7/15/03, and it's good till 7/15/08. Still pretty fresh then. Poured out a hazy, orange color, with a huge, dense, rocky white head. It wouldn't go down either. Must be on Viagra. Aromas are of pineapples, fresh mandarin oranges, and malts. Hops aromas are there, but very subdued. The head was so thick, I had to spoon some of it off just to get to the beer itself. Tastes are of thick, chewy malts, fresh fruits, bready yeast in the background, and an undescribable tang which I can't quite put my finger on. Thick mouthfeel, rich and creamy. Hops make an all too brief appearance then disappear quickly. Finishes fruity, and crisp. A great Belgian beer overall.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice dark orange color, big, fat, white sudsy head with a fair amount of lace clinging to the glass. very fruity smell, especially of pineapples. I can see why so many people taste oranges... the finish is surprisingly bitter and very dry. Not as much character initially as some other belgians I've tried, but the aftertaste lingers forever, kind of makes you think about it for awhile...