Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle dated 17-02-05/17-02-10 courtesy of BuckNaked. Hazy orange with huge white head. Poured carefully, but still had plenty of floaties. Aroma is orange zest and tart lemon up front, hints of mango? Looked through some ratings and haven’t seen it mentioned, but swear I am getting that. Sour brett in the background, some farmhouse funk, with very faint pepper, and maybe clove? Flavor again, orange and lemon up front, very quick brett twinge through the middle. Pepper and spicy hops make for a very dry finish. Have drank 4 or 5 of these lately, and while I don’t think it’s inconsistent (delicate I guess would be the word), every bottle has been slightly different. This has been the best bottle so far, but I should have taken notes on individual bottles/dates.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When opened the beer bubbled up the neck and sat at the top unable to escape. Hazy strawberry blonde body. Aroma is fresh orange trees with sage and a citric acidity. Tounge is grass and orange rind, flour or a sodium bicarbonate. I can taste some hallertau. Mouth is lightly acidic with a lingering quality.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 On tap at Brouwer’s. Light brown. Spicy herb taste...sweet finish. The flavor keeps coming on strong. Very tasty...
Re rate from bottle: I just love this beer. The hops and dry finish just work so well for me. Very floral and amazingly different from most belgium beers. Love this.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into a humble shaker glass, this beer rebelled at such homely glassware and exacted its revenge by releasing a foamy yellowy-tan volcano. The body was a hazy orange-brown with plenty of sediment swimming around. Aroma was initially tart and fruity, but after sitting for a while, it had a bit of a horse-blanket smell added in. My impression of the flavor was that it seemed earthy, with some sour notes thrown in too. This beer was interesting and quite refreshing, but not overly appealing to me.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 Pours really well with a cream colored head. Pale amberish/dark orange color. Great carbonation and citrus notes. Super dry with a very mild hop-infused aftertaste.
thornecb (5403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottled 24/06/2005. Pours bright murky orange into a trappist glass. Significant medium-sized head that does not recede. Crushed vitamin C and orange notes. Smells almost like a medicine. Lively, dry and sour with a lingering bitter finish. I must say that I prefer a fresher Orval to a cellared one. Almost a cross between a saison and a gueuze.
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 cloudy orange with great white head. Spicy & fruity aroma. A lot of hops a lot of bitterness. Really fresh and long lasting finish! Rerate 08/09. Dry, fruity, brett, fresh, dusty, quenching, complex. A notch up.
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber cloudy pour, thin head, light lace, and one hell of a nose. Like toucan sam and what not. Light, sweet and fruity, some clove-ishy cinnamony spice and yeast, and just a tinge of alcohol. Body and flavor are somewhat thinner than I expected, but still good, echoing aforementioned aroma. Somewhat short and astringent finish, it made me feel like I needed a drink of water between each drink of it.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pour with small tight-bubbled head. Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and fruit. The flavor was on the spicy side — some clove, some cinnamon — with a peppery, mediciny tanginess at the finish. It presents both sweet and bitter from beginning to end. The alcohol was also obvious. Dry and bubbly reminiscent of the texture and sensation of champagne — though heavier in the body. Long finish. If it wasn’t for the distinct reminder of medicine, I would have liked this more than I did.