damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Purchased at Tower on Piedmont. Bottled on 01.06.2004. Pours a nice caramalized orange color with a decent sized tight head that diminishes in a minute but never completely dissipates. Lots of tiny floaties too. The ale, to me, smells like woody sour cherries with a hint of mint and cardamom or corriander. I think the aroma is this aleís best feature. It sits fairly light on the pallete with fine carbonation that briefly stings the toungue. This gives way to the pleasant mild dry hoppiness its known for. Wow, the more I drink this the more I like it. After Orval comes up to room temperature the aroma really comes out to play, very nice finish as the scent creeps up the back of the throat. Great stuff!
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Original tasting 12/7/04, rerate 02/07/05,
330ml brown bottle. Poured cloudy orange, fantastic head and lacing. Earthy, leathery and fruity aromas with lots of sweet orangey, floral hops. Flavour is earhty malts with sweet orange hop flavours, slightly herbal/medicinal qualities. Hoppy bite leads to a dry finish with some yeast. Everytime I have this it gets better and better.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had two in one night (that is the first time in my 6 years of drinking I have done such a thing) There is a bunch going on.. and I didnt want to miss anything. In case you were wondering two is still not enough!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Pours a cloudy, copper color with a lasting off-white head. Cherries, brett and hops in the aroma. Malty, dry astringent brett charactor with a slight hint of sourness. Dry finish with almost no aftertaste. This beer has the best aroma of any beer! A classic.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what an aroma. Suprisingly dark and thick looking beer, and very complex. I think I have to try this one again to begin to decern all of its tastes.
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper coloured with a huge but collapsing light beige head. The head has broken down in a way Iíve never seen before, almost a skeletal foam. Interesting aroma, very hoppy, fruity and a touch medicinal. Taste is bitter throughout, hoppy, citrusy with underlying malts. Nice dry finish. Nice body and mouthfeel. Very good.
jgentgesdo (666) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy amber with an unbelievably thick, lasting, chunky head that resembles cream more than anything else. Nose is floral and coriander. Taste is sour, almost like bitter raspberries and sour cream together, quite dry, and some allspice. Oily, satisfying mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol in the finish. Pretty good.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 I wasnít into the sourness of this beer. It had a bitterness and minty flavor that I didnít like. The aroma and the look of this beer were the best parts. Iíll have to try this again because some people love it.
Re-rate- This is really unique I must say. I appreciate it more now, but still there is a funky bitterness. The cider taste is interesting. Still just too sour for me.
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I realize I may have engaged in a self flagellating sin (and changed the taste of this saintly nectar) by serving in a vessel other than the Orval chalice (as demanded by the label)...but I was more concerned with getting a bottle that wasnít skunked from poor handling as I hear is so common...should be a moot point as the bottle date was 4 weeks ago.
It poured into my tulip glass a murky honey-gold with a lovely frothy cap that laces wonderfully...This is a fine smelling brew with lots of complex aromas: Horse blanket, tangerines, medicine, perfume, walnuts...nice nose.
Wow!! Creamy mouth feel...medicinal hopping that pilsners only WISH they could hold in balance with complex fruity spices and a heady nice malt wallop...all wrapped in this great funky yeast taste that defies description...the finish is mercifully slow so you can catch all the different tastes this brew has to depart....with a pleasant warming.
Despite what the monks say this beer is good enough to drink from the bottle. ;-)
This is a world class unique old school ale that sets the standard for complex taste and great drinkability.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very frsh bottle only 1 month old. Poured a hazy apricot color with a very long lasting pillow like head. Initial aroma of mild yeast,damp wood and something else I canít figure out.Not much going on it the taste,maybe baked bread,flowertops,hint of hops with a dry herbal finish on the tongue. Maybe this is just plain too young but I donít get all the hype. Interesting but wonít buy again. At least it looks good in the glass.