MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle. Hazy pour with large white head. Complex sour/fruity taste. This is very odd but not bad at all.
KidA (19) - Morristown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The legendary Orval... Beautiful cloudy golden rust body with rapidly dissolving head; reminds me of apple cider. Smells and tastes of lemon-hops. Thin but carbonated with lingering sour and spice but little density. Not what I expected but still pretty tasty.
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic foam but a bit hazy. Intense aroma with a slightly sour tang. Light and refreshing body and a long powerful aftertaste. A classic.
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Perhaps the best looking bottle on the shelf, I had very high expectations. In the bottle for just under one year I found that perhaps this is too young for the Orval. Nice rocky head dies down to a pleasant spotty film. Very inviting nose with citrus and autumn spices. clean, red amber. The taste, a bit muted, I thought. Good hop and spice, very dry, a bit astringent. Perhaps best to pair with food as it would stand up well. Iíd like to try a 3-5 year old bottle, I think a bit of mingling and mellowing could send this beer into the upper echelon. For now, just good.
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the worlds most fragrant bierís, citrus abounds (dry hopping) plus spice produced from Brettanomyces wrapped together like a work of art. The Appearence is clean & more clear than I remember (additional filtering I suppose) a radient orange amber with excellent head retention....perfect.
The flavour has a fine Pilsner like base with carmel undertones. Has aggressive lactic bite, but mellow in the finish, dry yet sweet character of candi sugar. I love to pair this with stinky extra extra sharp cheese but for most palates would overwhelm the dish.
Overall outstanding example of a Belgian Specialty beer produced to satisfy even the most descriminating beerlover.
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - NOV 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 drunk from my tulip glass, an enjoyable drink...quite bitter and hoppy, but enjoyable non the less...a bit over rated, but hey, what isnít?
RERATE oh the brett funk is awesome - a Belgian IPA and better than all the recent interpretations. Just gets better and better. Great with or without age. Initially it is quite hoppy. With a year or two the malt is more prevalent and the lovely brett kiss is more appealing. My favourite lambic :). The head on this is a monster - it just wonít die. Foamy at the top and bubbly at the bottom, clinging to the beer with every twirl and parry of the glass. Truly a beer for the ages.
Muggus69 (2047) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served at cellar temperature in goblet. Been a long time since iíve had one of these but iíve been looking forward to it. Aroma is intense; spice, cirtus (orange, lemon, possibly even grapefruit?), sherbert, subdued roasted malts and floral hops. Pours a opaque copper body with a fluffy sort of head. Body isnít a thick as I imagined. Flavour reminds me almost of an IPA of sorts; quite dry, cirtus hop and spice notes, long lingering bitterness, with a lemon peel sort of finish. Almost medicinal at times. Unique, certainly, seems to take on a style of its own, particularly at this temperature; perhaps thatís why I donít feel it was as good as I remembered.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 11/7/06 Bottled: pours a hazy lihgt amber with a thick fluffy off-white head. Yeasty fruity aroma - pear, green apple, spices, corriander. A really wonderful nose. Lots of carbonation on the tongue, with the thick feeling chewy head. dark candied, apple and pear fruit flavors that are sour but surrounded by a mellow earthiness. Finishes rather sweet and earthy. An excellent beer.
5/6/09 Pours a golden amber with a huge beige head that collapses to a rocky landscape eventually settling into the flat lands but not without leaving a patchwork of lace. Complex nose of yeast, bubblegum, lemons, pears, and dough with herbal hops. The herbal/earthy hops dominate this fresh beer but underneath the malt, citrus, and pear peak out from the leather earthiness of the hops. Long bitter earthy finish drying out. 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 100. Bottle, stored in my cellar for six months. Massive rocky off-white head. Color is slightly hazed pale golden orange. Initial aroma of acidic fruits and spices, then candysugar, yeast, berries, perfume, applesÖ along with grassy and flowery hops. First impression of taste is dry and slight tart; pine, dried fruits and orange peel. Followed by a delicate hopbitterness and lots of spices and herbs that Iím unfortunately not able to define. Lingering fruity and dry finish with a hoppy bite. This is a real world classic, and a style in itís own. Outstanding.
imdownthepub (13084) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned, 330 ml, aged 4 yrs. Gold amber with big white head, sl haze. The initial aroma is terrific, if not particularly beery. There is vanilla and cloves and lots of herbs. The aging was deliberate to attemt to get a smoother beer and it works, I like the young beer but love the older, there is a herby floral mixture of flavours with juicy citric fruits. The body of the beer fills out with a viny richness. A terrific beer and worth the wait.