rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Young beer bottled on 27/01/05, orange-amber hue, with a big frothy white head, with yeasty, piney, leafy, floral hops, even note of cedary and maybe a minty aroma also, on a medium-bodied dry palate with a yeasty, leafy,a very dry bittering hops, piney, leading towards a deep hop bitterness and a quite dry finish. One of a kind of beer, with his unique goût d’orval!
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Similar in some respects to Chimay Blanche or Rouge; although I think I prefer those beers over Orval. Alcohol definitely cuts through to the palate. Great depth of flavor, but not as interesting as Chimay (particularly Chimay Bleu)
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Suberb beer! One of the best. Very tasty. Very nice finish. Vive la Belgique!
dingo (37) - USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity taste and an incredible cloudy light orange / light caramel color. I think this would be excellent with fruit or a citris poultry dish. Anyway, the head isn’t as thick as a Chimay and drops off quickly. What’s left is a nice thick beer that begs to be sipped.
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy amberish beer with a small off white foam.
Good aroma of malts, nuts and pine needles.
Taste is dry, complex, bitterish and bittermalty.
Wallnut peel is whats comes to my mind right now.
Finish is refreshing bitter.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.9% 330ml bottle: pours the color of honey with a big fluffy head. very spicy, grassy, herbal, dry aroma. slighty tart/acidic/sourness with hints of musty funkyness. i too was expecting a little more tartness from this beer. quite spicy and dry opn the palate. hints of sourness. first sip is pretty boring. straight forward. the more i sip on this beer the more flavors i taste. pine, cinnamon, maybe some clove, floralness, ginger. this is a really good beer, but i dont think its worth 5.49 per bottle. but i am really glad i tried it.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a shaded gold with a big head. Aroma is fruity with some chamomile. Mouthfeel is dry with a flowery tang. Good hop presence too.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome, unique Trappist brew. Quite hoppy for a Belgian, characteristic slight sourness, with a unique spicy, almost cinnamon-like character. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol level. Superb ale from a superb brewing country.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Absolutely lovely, a frank and great head, very nice colour, quite a unique beer. The finish might be a little disappointing but all in all it’s close to perfection.
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had expected more from this popular favorite. But I did not get it. It looked great. A head that rose to the occation and foam that lasted forever. The lacing was unstoppable. But the Aroma killed it for me, while the flavor was drinkable, it wasn’t extrodinary. Not a favorite of mine.