thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím just not to sure about Orval yet, so I wouldnít be suprised if I revisit this review in the future. The pour was gorgeous, with a beautiful copper color and off white head that stuck around for quite awhile. Plenty of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very nice as well--mostly floral, with a little bit of must--but alas it is a belgian. The flavor is complex. Floral hints and definite fruitiness, but the flavor is overpowered by the strange mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry, and it made my buddy remark that it was sort of like "drinking an alka-seltzer". Not the taste mind you, but the mouthfeel. The finish is clean with an interesting and very dry aftertaste.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on July 10, 2004. Opened just 2 days after its second birthday. Pours with a very voluminous head that dissipates quickly when brought to my lips. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy brownish color that is scarily similar to the shade of the empty bottle. Aroma is hugely powerful of fresh flowers and citrus fruits. Flavor was a disappointment. Just not much to it. Very mild sweetness with an alcoholic tinge. Malty with slight spice. Body was very thin and wine like. Overall it seems that there was a lot less to this brew than I anticipated. Iíll probably give it ago again at some point.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Vine (San Diego). Golden orange color. Slight aroma of citrus and honeysuckle. Flavor is a slightly sweeter version of a hefeweizen with corriander and clove, some flower hops to. Suprisingly light and refreshing with a fruity and banana finish.
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 2005 bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Haze golden to orange color. Great aromas of fruit with floral and spices. You also have a wide variety of fruity and spices flavors. A great aftertaste adds to this very nice beer.
Great stuff !
Re-Rate after I tried my third bottle (2004 this one), Even more complex great taste and aftertaste. Gave max points to flavor and +1 to aroma. One of my favourite beers I could drink it every day.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden amber/ orange with a huge white rocky head that lasted forever. Aroma is hints of floral, fruit, citrus, with sour notes. Flavor starts with fruit, turns to clove-ish hints, turns to citrussy whn the bitter hops hit, and ends sour. The sourness balances the beer really well. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden amber with thick creamy white head. Floral hop aroma with a slightly bitter hop taste.. only minor fruit accents. Crisp finish.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 1a) 9 months old. Pineapple, green apple, banana, cinnamon and horse aroma. Antiseptic and biscuit notes; earthy spice and yeast, low bitterness and carbonation, underripe banana and pepper. So drinkable, but overrated.
1b) (most recent rate)- 5 months old. Aroma of dishcloth, mould on gooseberries, horse rubbed down with aloe vera moisturiser. Bazooka chews and pine, more juiciness than bite, hints of biscuits. Quite wooden and resinous with shavings of lime, tonic splashes, a fair bit of alcohol. G+T finish. Needs time.
2) Shelf of bottles courtesy of Jenner Imports. Bludgeoning floral aroma; lily pollen, lavender, pig shit, cough-inducing carbon dioxide, gooseberry jamminess, unblended lambic, hospital corridor, funk. Just so lean and sessionable. Mad, flowery, gooseberry hops, biting fresh yeast, biscuity malts for balance. Canít get enough of that lack of residual sugars. Mmm. In a world where everything is becoming the same, still unique.
3)(Original rate) Muddy orange, spiralling fingers of bubbles. Grass, alcohol, bubblegum and cinammon in the aroma. Whatever Jagermeister is spiced with, that also. Could happily sit here inhaling this all evening. Might wash my hair in it. Flavour begins with sweet, overripe banana, but finishes with a bludgeoning punch of dry hops you just donít see coming. Irresistibly fragrant, well-balanced beer.
4) Re-rate, 23/01/07. Didnít mention the pillows of suds, wheaty afters and aromatic herbal booziness. This is simply one of the most unique, complex and uncompromising beers in the world.
5) Re-rate 20/03/07 Hmm. Musty hops, horseblanket, booze, banana, cardboard and metal. Nothing like as bitter or maybe as great as I once thought. Still a classic, though...
6)(09/10/07) Acidic sparkle, lambic funk. Sour lemon and brie rind in the nose like an Oude gueuze. But no other beer in the world smells like this. Or tastes like it, come to think of it. Hop onslaught cushioned with biscuity malt. What an intense balance. A beer that yields up something different every time you drink it, and itís always something good.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 05, best by 2010. Aroma is grassy, perfume, flowers, alcohol, bubble gum. Pours cloudy orange with bubbly foam on top. Taste is big on the flowers- what I would imagine dandelions to taste like, but I canít say for sure. I get some banana in there, with other generic "fruit" flavors. I would like to steep cut up pears in this beer. The perfume aroma couples with the spice (certainly clove and cinnamon) in a way that makes it sometimes taste soapy (in a bad way). Finishes quite dry. Bubbly carbonation is appropriate, but not my cup of tea.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. bottled on 4/01/05. Aroma: Alot going on here. Mint, coriander, floral, cherry, vanilla, and strangely enough, cotton candy. Appearance: depending on the light, itís either deep golden or light orange. Either way itís very hazy with a good amount of floaties dancing about the brew. Large off white creamy looking head never really disappeared. Just kind of diminished into a smaller head. Lacing that could only be called perfect. Flavor: Where to start? The floral flavor pops out first. Not roses, kind of reminds me of Hydrangias. Next sip itís fruit: lemon, banana, apple, pear. Next sip spiciness: coriander, clove, cinnamon. Then thereís a subtle earthiness underneath everything. I canít do this one justice. Way to much complexity for me to break down. Only off thing is a slight metallic twang in the first few sips. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation was spot on. Finish was very crisp and refreshing. Alcohol left a warming sensation that coated my whole mouth. Overall: I havenít had an Orval in many years. Last time I had it, I wasnít really into beer yet and thought it was íweirdí. Weird is good! What a fantastic beer. Complex, balanced, and easy to drink. A masterpiece.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy copper with a head that, try as I might, I could not keep under control. Spicy aromas lead with yeasts and dark fruits following. Has an odd bitter kick that I found enjoyable. Finishes crisp.