Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured careless into a pint glass and onto a carpet (my fault). Large frothy white head. Orange / amber hazy colour. A bit funky smell combined with grapefruits. Flavour is slightly sour and bitter with a fruity apple finish. Soft mouthfeel, light carbonation.
jindua (1) - nova milanese, ITALY - MAY 20, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Itís the most wonderful beer in the world! Fresh, flavoured, good tasty, and itís a trappist ale, itís also fermented in the bottle...
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Re-rated: Pours a very beautiful light brown,orange with a huge off-white head. Scent is slightly spicy, a slight tartness. Has a creamy body. Spicy oakey flavors and an earthy wood-chip like, slight acidity. The finish is so long, complex and pleasant of beautiful dryness and layers of flavors. In my opinion, the finish really makes Orval
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold appearance- thick head fairly long lasting, beautiful tiny champagne bubbles- very complex with hops peaches, caddied fruit and hint sulfur- tart, chalky, barnyard tastes- dry grassy aftertaste
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma sparks my nose with hints of dry flowers in a toffee chocolate garden which form a malty kick. The taste is of burgundy bananas which when swirled form into a bitter hoppy clove-like ember. This is a strongly blended mix of fruit flavors amongst strong bitter ends. I wish it tasted a bit more like it smells.
EithCubes (5560) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Lively pour, off-white stable head on opaque, cloudy orange fluid. Marked scent, very aromatic, sweet and spicy: oranges, yeast, wheat, coriander, earthy, a little citrus and funk. Unique taste, much dryer and hoppier than I was expecting. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of oil. Liquid perfume. Tingles toward the end, a little acidity and burn on the back of the throat but not on the tongue. Orange peels and malt, mild alcohol, mildly sour but slightly more bitter. Lacey, rocky head makes a wonderful creamy/tangy/spicy meal all by itself. Aftertaste is pleasant and interesting, bitter orange peels with warm hops. Strange and wonderful.
reebtogi (5594) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Belgian Ale I found to be more bitter and hoppy than most, which was quite a refreshing surprise. Not quite as yeasty or fruity as most Belgian ales and slightly less blonde as well.
SudsMcDuff (7981) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Dark medium orange haze....yeast,marshmellow,strange banannas,wine,honey smell...pours with nice head...bitter! shocking first sip...damn delicous!!! has a nice bullseye of bubbbles...like a toned down flem...clean and crisp yet sweet and sour..i really liked it....really different and unique!
rerate about 1 month later..4 fun of course......great head as usual...and same ole smell...wow, this batch is pretty damn bitter, and kinda sour...a nice honey sweey equal backbone...still top quality!!...very tasty but man, this is a a sour batch, real bitter too but not like an ipa bitter..just ...ya....as always has that beutiful full mouth dancing-on-tongue fizziness..the perfect definition of "theres a party in my mouth and everyones invited" kind of a thing...real mellow delicous finish....hey,even nate dog liked this puppy, but ms.coopís eyes bulged out when she took a sip, its a powerful drink, yes sir!
wow,i love this brew.. bottled dated mid 2008...
..aroma is wonderful, dry bretty aromas... very clean, smooth, intensily complex... this Brett guy is my BFF!!!
scores changed accordingly!
one of the worlds most well made and enjoyably different brews!!
JFGrind (1994) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Banana yeast aroma, orange body with a thick whipped cream head. Bitterness, pepper spice, caramel malt and wheat flavors all present. However, with all the flavor Orval was giving up the body itself was weaker than expected. Iíll save my Belgian returnable "bowling pin" bottle to use in the homebrewery. Next time Iím jonesing for a native Belgian Ale Iíll skip the more expensive Orval for a Chimay.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful hazy orange pour with a large white head. Yeasty spicy Belgian nose. Not my favorite Trappist ... a bit too dry, a bit too woody / cedary and spicy / peppery for me. Makes an interesting