JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Best before 21/11/2010... sampled at nearly two years old. What can I say about this that hasn’t been said already? Beautiful burnished orange topped by a thick pillowy white head that lasts throughout the entire glass. Heady cologne aroma, brett, perfume, orange peel, cedar/oaky woodiness and a fresh vanilla aroma as well. Light floral flavour up front, soft woodiness and a fantastic herbal hop flavour. Bone dry on the finish with a minerally flinty character that just makes the next sip that much more appealing. Zippy, zesty, and completely intoxicating. It’s hard to imagine a beer that I’d rather go for than this one, especially at this age.
Best before 11/04/2010... sampled at 1 year old. Deep hazy orange colour with a thick pillowy white head. Very persistent. Beautiful nose, soft brett, perfumy floral hops hiding behind the gorgeous earthy/funky nose. Leathery and horsey with light orange peel, spice and more lingering dustiness. Warming brings out the brett and floral hop nose. Flavour is awesome, straw/hay and a heavy brett/horsey aroma. Very dry and perfumy flavour on the back. A world classic. Great at one year old. I discover something new everytime I drink this beer.
Rerate: 33 cl bottle best before Nov, 2007. What a difference a few months make. Highly carbonated golden-orange colour with a thick lasting rocky head. Cloudy. Strong aromas of horseblanket and other barnyard aromas. Sour lactic smell, leathery, woody, with spicy black pepper and some faint fruit underneath all of these. The flavour seems to be more muted than the aroma would have led me to expect with leather, cigar, cologne and a bone-dry bitter finish. As the beer warms the more wild flavours seem to drop out and more spicy fruity aromas and flavours come to the forefront. Very complex and much more tasty than I originally gave it credit for.
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Rating on January 10, 2004. Clearly, this is one that people are divided on, but I’ve got to say that I didn’t like it. It looks fantastic in the glass, orange-blonde colour, cloudy with a huge pillowy head. Smells very peppery, spicy, and bitter. It has a very strange peppery/herbal taste and a long skunky/moldy finish somewhat similar to blue cheese. Has a very full body, basically dragging out the stanky taste with noticible alcohol. I did not enjoy this one at all. 3/5/3/3/7
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-thanks to whaleman for trading me this one of a kind brew. pours a couldy dark orange hue with huge head. juniper/currant on the aroma with other berries and spices. Dirty clothes? super sharp bite on the tongue. I have never had a beer like this, but i cant say that is a good thing. Lots of lacing in the snifter. Definately a very unusuall beer.
Garrat (1254) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Bottle.Orange in colour,medium head,aroma is of yeast lemon pine woody primal and earthy ,taste is sharp scrumptious and fruity,a nice addition to the passing of fine times.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice pour with huge white head over a dark amber body. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, soap, almonds and so much more that is finished off with a very clean sweet taste.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at La Fleur en Papier Dore, Brussels, a classic ramshackle bar, packed with bizarre bric-a-brac (and bizarre patrons) that was once the haunt of the surrealist Rene Magritte and other (?) famous Belgians. Unfortunately the beer list was not that great, so I kicked off with an Orval. It is a very distinctive orangey colour and is bottle conditioned, so pour carefully if you don't want the sediment. It is very hoppy and has a bitter current running through it, finishing with a touch of sourness. There is no noticeable sweetness. Some people expect some sweetness in a trappist beer and find Orval a slightly perplexing experience. I like it. September 2003
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful tappist beer. I started my trip to Belgian with this one and decided I better bring a couple of these back with me. Pours a deep orange amber with a think frothy head. Looking at that picture brings back nice memories or its sharp spicy taste and clean mouthfeel. If I could do it all again I might've considered celebacy for a lifetime making and drinking this beer. cheers.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Excellent aroma and flavor. Citrus and spice and everything nice! The best part is it can be bought all over.
CornyWebb (4) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved the deep almost smoky way this beer lays on the tongue. It's not your average everyday beer, but something to celebrate with your favorite and best informed beer-o-phile friends.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful light copper hue with huge frothy head and excellent lacing. The aroma hinted of bubblegum, earthy yeast esters, ripe and citrus fruits, sweet spice, and toasted malts. The taste The taste is foremost fruity sour with a undertone of zesty yeast and chewy malts. A solid spice and wood presence upon the finish, some happy hoppiness found heer as well. This beer is 6.2% ABV? You could never tell, it's that well hidden. Lively and refreshing mouthfeel, a bit thin however. Yep, it's a love it or hate it brew. I for one loved it. One classy Belgian brew, but I knew that way back in 1988 when I first tasted the greatness of this beer. Highly recommended at least once. My last rating of 2003, Happy New Year to me.
haddon90 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orangy pour. Frothy white head. Pretty decent. Spicy aroma with some hints of fruit. Not as great as I had hoped but still pretty good.