BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Murky orange body with 5 or 6 fingers of head, typical of an abbey or trappist ale. Tons of lacing too. Smells sweet, citrussy, and yeasty. Rather complex flavor, tastes citrusy, spicy, piney, slightly sour, but in a good way. I like this beer. It definitely worth the hype!
Kpfeifle (25) - Patchogue, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice cloudy amber color. A hint of hopps on the nose. Taste was very refined, a nice mix of different flavors. Quite a bit of yeast taste. Really liked this.
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6.2%. Best before 19-09-2009. Pours a massive frothy head, medium orange color. Highly carbonated with geyser like rush of bubbles from base of snifter. Aroma is wonderful and inviting. Orange citrus nose with cloves; light toast and spicy. Spicyness quickly evident in flavor, with some cloves. Not as much malt as expected from nose and this made the presentation seem unbalanced. I know Belgians are defined as being crisp and dry but this was thin and light and this was complicated by the big alcohol warmth, which without body to back it was off-putting. I hate to say it but this was almost like a malt liquor in misbalance between alcohol and body. I have to admit that after I stopped thinking about how disappointed I was and just started drinking it as a beer I found it to be more pleasant and quite drinkable. But Iíll take a Chimay anyday over Orval.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 #300!!! I donít know why it has taken me so long to try this trappist. Not a very appealing bottle/label. What an amazing aroma. Spicy malt aroma, and slightly yeasty. Very herbal. Extremely unique aroma! What a beautiful pour. Deep amber orange color and slightly cloudy. Wow. Flavor is malty and a bit tart. very dry. Very herbal taste. slightly tart and not very sweet. Very dry! There must be an extremely unique yeast strain that they use, I just canít place a finger on the all of the flavors. Fresh green apples, honey, slight citrus. A very well rounded glass.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 September 2006. Cloudy shade of mahogany and amber. Very malty aroma, heavy on yeast, with some lemon pepper, spiced rum, and honey. Truly unique flavor incorporating tart red apples, or cider, brown sugar, and pear skins. Generally more sour than bitter or sweet, combining tannic dryness with fruity acidity. Tastes like a wilderness spring or a melted Siberian glacier. Immense and satisfying.
July 2008. Several bottles consumed in early this month, bottled on 6/20/07. Frothy golden hues. Herbal, musky, perfume-like aroma of flowers and ground soft spices, with a lemongrass sprightliness. Deep fruit flavors hidden in a dusty funk so magical and unnameable that it must come from some distant fairyland world. Nuttiness of malts keeping it safely earthbound in the boundaries of beer. A fulsome texture with a soft diamond cut edge. Completely enchanting. Every time I drink an Orval I feel like Iíve resigned my imagination to be captured and manipulated, and what a feeling of surrender it is.
August 2008. Bottled on 4/24/07. A sunny marigold haze. Herbal and sweet lemon curd and white tea aroma. Cantaloupe. Apricots in cinnamon. Itís really dried out, but the sweet-sour punch of fruit couldnít be more frolicking and fresh. Deep honey dipped dough of perfect pale malt. The delicate beauty of its floral character is simple and entirely breathtaking. This is inhaling the Garden of Eden. Flavor is dusky and dry, and beginning to develop the cheesy kind of wooden funk thatís so arrestingly endearing in wildly fermented beer; again the liveliness of tropical and temperate stone fruits and herbal sensations from the bountiful dry hops joyfully complements the natural mineral texture of the yeast. AND IT IS MAGICAL! Cold, herbal and dry after a velvet cream of vanilla in a swirl of complicated, refined textures; finishes strong and soft on lemon pepper, flowers, and minerals, distantly. Itís certainly for a particular kind of taste, I think. And to mine itís perfect.
August 2008. Bottled on 10/11/05. It’s really dried out, and the malts have driven in deep. Still fancifully lacquered in perfume and basement must, but warmer and burlier, generally. The floral and white/stone fruit flavors are not merely muscled away by the malt progression but still dance brightly at the surface; the malts have slowly carved out a dark ocean of thicker, more commanding flavors beneath the endearingly sparkly tart-herbal starlight of the beer in its earlier lives. And while that’s such a stunning feature after three years in the bottle, what’s most apparent is how utterly dry it’s become, even amidst so much depth of flavor and richness of palate. This is the best bottle I’ve had.
DiogŤne (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 The Orval is a style on its own. Poured in my Orval glass, hazy amber-orange colour with its thick and everlasting creamy white head. The aroma is spicy, with notes of herbs, flowers, citrus, malt, yeast and other wonders which I couldnít put a name tag on.The mouthfeel is creamy, taste is spicy, malty, well hopped, but not that bitter, herbal notes, flower, horse blanket.... The wild yeast give s a very special character to the Orval. There is nothing like it. One of my favourite.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With all the Orval talk going on I figured I would check my rating since I knew I had it a number of times. Wow no rating but I think now after 1700 beers I can appreciate it more than when I first started rating. So I broke out the Orval glass tonight and popped the top. The glass fill to the top with a hazy orange-amber color with a lrge almost white head. Sweet fruity malt with a nice funky character of leather and horse (my favorite). Some dusty character. The flavor starts a little sweet but finishes pretty dry. Some fruitiness at the start and hops at the finish. Spicey and bitter on the finish. Even some warmth in the throat. Very lively mouthfeel. The born on date was 4/11/06. I might pop one a month after now remembering what this is all about.
thorvall (5) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dry taste, with a spicy touch, hints of hops and lemon in the aftertaste. A one of itís kind.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden/copper color. Humongous head, lacing. Excellent aroma of yeast, fruit, bread. Flavor is good but lacking something. Sweet, dry and biting. Might be overcarbed for my liking too.
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Re-rate on 2/6/07. Bottle from 2/05. Pale orange-amber color, huge thick foamy head that stuck around forever and left lacing on the glass. Sweet floral aroma with malts, fresh fruits (apple, pineapple), hops, and pine needles. Flavors are initially sweet and malty with floral and citrus overtones, along with fresh fruits, and hops. But some strange, indescribable piney, leathery, musty, woody flavors also appear. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel, but the finish is dry and astringent. One of the more interesting and complex beers Iíve had. Glad I took the time to re-rate this one.