BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful light copper hue with huge frothy head and excellent lacing. The aroma hinted of bubblegum, earthy yeast esters, ripe and citrus fruits, sweet spice, and toasted malts. The taste The taste is foremost fruity sour with a undertone of zesty yeast and chewy malts. A solid spice and wood presence upon the finish, some happy hoppiness found heer as well. This beer is 6.2% ABV? You could never tell, it's that well hidden. Lively and refreshing mouthfeel, a bit thin however. Yep, it's a love it or hate it brew. I for one loved it. One classy Belgian brew, but I knew that way back in 1988 when I first tasted the greatness of this beer. Highly recommended at least once. My last rating of 2003, Happy New Year to me.
haddon90 (1440) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orangy pour. Frothy white head. Pretty decent. Spicy aroma with some hints of fruit. Not as great as I had hoped but still pretty good.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy orange, with a HUGE puffy off-white head that lasts through out. The aroma was spicey and fruity. Orange, lemon, and hops on the tongue. Nice dry finish.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the only citrusy hopped beers that doesn't use american hops that i've had. really like this one, sweet syrupy taste but with floral citrus hops and a dry finish. and it smells fantastic
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Pours a nice amber color with some lacing. Light with a beautiful floral aroma. Taste is a light pepper and mellow bitterness. Stuff is okay but a bit over rated IMHO.
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is good, but one of the weaker Trappist beers. cloudy orangy color with a rather hoppy fruity flavor.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy golden orange with a huge white head..Taste is bitter orange, lemon peel, biscuits and alcohol. Finish is smooth and bitter.This is supposed to be one of the better Belgians, but frankly I'm not impressed.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one in a tasting with a wide variety of other beers. This one stood out in that company but I don't think it is up there with Westy and other Trappist ales that I've had. But a nice complex beer for sure.
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 The most distinctive of the Trappist beers, Orval is a complex adventure for the taste buds. It pours orange and cloudy with a thick, long lasting beige head. The aroma is a symphony of musty yeast, fruit and hops; the flavor has caramel and ripe fruit notes, along with a faint lambic quality from the addition of a bacterial culture. The bittering is rather restrained, while the finish is more dry with some lingering hoppiness. This beer is a Belgian classic and not to be missed as part of your beer education.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 (Bottled) Muddy, dark orange color with a long-lasting, lacy head. The very complex aroma is sour and hoppy with a mixture of apple juice, berries, yeast, perfume and toffee. Fruity and sour, dry flavor with a long, sticky and chalky, aromatic-hoppy, bitter finish. Sourish and very dry, medium-bodied palate with quite high, but soft and foamy carbonation. As the most challenging of the trappists, this one requires sort of growing into. At the first few times it may taste strange and too sour, but after tasting hundreds of other beers - and many, many Orvals - it just keeps getting better. Give this beer the right mood and temperature, and it will really flourish.