ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light bodied. Citrus comes through, and it has a lot of carbonation. I was somewhat disappointed considering this brews reputation. Iíll try it again, and hopefully Iíll be more impressed.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very Belgian banana in the nose with some perfumy hops. Golden amber in color with a big, pillowy head. Very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of bubblegum, some citric hops, with a medium body. Very dry in character. Itís decent, that is for sure.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 (Bottled 7-10-2004, 6.8% ABV, and a follow-up, bottled 4-1-2005, hence the updated rating.)
A beautiful semi-hazy copper color with a thick, tall, frothy and dense head. Looks majestic in the trappist glass. Aroma is yeast, cloves and pepper. Numerous farmhouse characteristics with some accents of chicken feed. Flavor is pepper, cloves and bitter hops, giving a dramatic introduction into the realm of Orval. Cuttingly crisp. Stingingly herbal, like taking a chomp out of suspended hairspray. Pervasive, aggressive body that counters a what normally would be a thin viscosity. Alive, and hard to assess individual elements, suffice to say itís harmonious. Finish is ringing and singing with crispness. Lovely musky aftertaste.
robertjm (781) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 9, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I just donít get it. Every time I try this beer it underwhelms me. Beautiful heavy head which collapses in a matter of a few minutes. Kinda dark golden/amber color. Raisinny taste, though not very powerful. Doesnít taste alcoholy. It doesnít make me say, "WOW!!" which is what Iíd expect from the reputation. Will I try it again? Sure, about the time I forget how much it underwhelmed me the last time. :-( Iíd rather drink Chimay!!
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly orage/amber coloured cloudy beer. Off white head that is,dense and long lasting. Aroma of noble hops and strong fruit. Very complex flavours inclusive of strong hops, some citrus notes, malty and almost spicy. Relatively dry finish and slightly bitter.
asheft (2622) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper with a thick, rocky, off-white head that doesnít last but forms a fuzzy lace. The aroma is a remarkable and spicy blend of sweet cinnamon, ginger, banana, sweet malt, and a touch of horseblanket farmhousiness. The flavour I found quite dry with a woody bitterness mixed with grapes and ginger. I found this one a bit too bitter, but I donít remember that from the last bottle I tried (improper storage?). Also, some of the alcohol came out in the flavour. Light body with tons of carbon dioxide and a little warming--also a touch astringent.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, consumed from Orval goblet. Sweet aroma with a slight hint of brett (a slight bit of leather, horse-blanket possibly) and wonderful noble hops. The taste is good, not all that I anticipated from the aroma, but good nonetheless. The hop flavor is rather subdued, probably from the brett as well as the alcohol (my bottle was cellared for two years accorinding to who I got it from). The carbonation was heavy, I assume due to the brett and yeast consuming the residual sugars in the beer. Overall a great beer, to be eaten with nice beef dishes.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very amber in color, with an extremely large, beige head. Sweet aroma, with hints of citrus, and the carbonation comes through in the aroma. Flavor is not what I expected. Almost a burnt flavor, with a quick drop-off int the shallow aftertaste. Overall, not bad, just not what I was expecting. Definitely worth getting a bottle, but not something I would order at the pub.
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Amber color, hazy some deposit. White head.Very fruity aroma, citrus. Taste is fruity, again citrus, orange, little bit dry and sour in the aftertaste fresh. I like this beer it is quite different from other beers i tried, it is one of my favourites that is for sure. Nice perrier-ish bottle by the way....
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really wasnít thrilled with this beer, especially after reading all of the rave reviews about it. Poured a cloudy dark gold with a small amount of lacy offwhite head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, and a tad bit hayish. Flavor was much more crisp and fruity than most belgians Iíve tried. Dry spicy finish which was an interesting mix with the fruiy flavor. Overall, I thought it was decent, not great, especially for the price.