hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Re-rate 12-31-06. Hazy orange, with huge frothy off white head. Aroma is very intense, notes of lemon rind, citrus, spices, malt, and very light funk. Taste is citrusy/lemon, very spicy, lightly malty and sweet, with tart fruit, barnyard funkyness in the background, lightly tart/sour and spicy finish. Some hop bitterness in the finish additionally. A fitting beer to end 2006.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have an expiration date of July 7, 2007 and 6.9% abv on my bottle. Pours a cloudy amber (not a yeasty cloudy, but a particle-rich cloudy) with a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Lots of foam during the pour! Very large, multi-sized, coarse head and lacing. Aroma knocks me over! There is a lot of hops in this beer for a Belgian Pale Ale. The flavor consists of coarse citrus with definite hops aftertaste. I wouldn’t call this appealing, but interesting nevertheless.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle dated 17-02-05/17-02-10 courtesy of BuckNaked. Hazy orange with huge white head. Poured carefully, but still had plenty of floaties. Aroma is orange zest and tart lemon up front, hints of mango? Looked through some ratings and haven’t seen it mentioned, but swear I am getting that. Sour brett in the background, some farmhouse funk, with very faint pepper, and maybe clove? Flavor again, orange and lemon up front, very quick brett twinge through the middle. Pepper and spicy hops make for a very dry finish. Have drank 4 or 5 of these lately, and while I don’t think it’s inconsistent (delicate I guess would be the word), every bottle has been slightly different. This has been the best bottle so far, but I should have taken notes on individual bottles/dates.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When opened the beer bubbled up the neck and sat at the top unable to escape. Hazy strawberry blonde body. Aroma is fresh orange trees with sage and a citric acidity. Tounge is grass and orange rind, flour or a sodium bicarbonate. I can taste some hallertau. Mouth is lightly acidic with a lingering quality.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 On tap at Brouwer’s. Light brown. Spicy herb taste...sweet finish. The flavor keeps coming on strong. Very tasty...
Re rate from bottle: I just love this beer. The hops and dry finish just work so well for me. Very floral and amazingly different from most belgium beers. Love this.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a humble shaker glass, this beer rebelled at such homely glassware and exacted its revenge by releasing a foamy yellowy-tan volcano. The body was a hazy orange-brown with plenty of sediment swimming around. Aroma was initially tart and fruity, but after sitting for a while, it had a bit of a horse-blanket smell added in. My impression of the flavor was that it seemed earthy, with some sour notes thrown in too. This beer was interesting and quite refreshing, but not overly appealing to me.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 Pours really well with a cream colored head. Pale amberish/dark orange color. Great carbonation and citrus notes. Super dry with a very mild hop-infused aftertaste.
thornecb (5119) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottled 24/06/2005. Pours bright murky orange into a trappist glass. Significant medium-sized head that does not recede. Crushed vitamin C and orange notes. Smells almost like a medicine. Lively, dry and sour with a lingering bitter finish. I must say that I prefer a fresher Orval to a cellared one. Almost a cross between a saison and a gueuze.
Dedollewaitor (15067) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 cloudy orange with great white head. Spicy & fruity aroma. A lot of hops a lot of bitterness. Really fresh and long lasting finish! Rerate 08/09. Dry, fruity, brett, fresh, dusty, quenching, complex. A notch up.
gunnfryd (13587) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.