Fin (9169) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml Sainsburys (I’m taking full advantage of their 25% off Belgian beers) Sipped from an Orval Chalice. Dense amber colour, with a frothy white head. Very aromatic with spices and hops dominating very pleasant beer slight citrus notes but quite dry in the finish. Certainly deserves much of the respect and ratings that it is given but there are better Belgian beers.
DuffMan (8810) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep orange. Powerful aromas! My wife swears it smells like pee. I smell grapefruit skin, pine, and a sharp bitter note. Very bitter palate, perhaps the most better I have ever tasted, nearly harsh. I half wonder if I got an off bottle because I am not picking up the range of scents and flavours that other raters have. I recognize that this is a highly respected beer, and I want to give it another chance.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I looked into this one expecting an achingly sweet ale, and was pleasantly surprised to be... well surprised. A little drier, a little more bitter maybe? Definately not as sweet, and definately more hoppy than I was expecting. All around pretty good.
johndoughty (4731) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am not a great fan of Belgian beers but this is certainly an above average one.
Not as bitter as some Belgian ales it has a very pleasant slightly dry mouthfeel with at traces of citrus, Not as threatening as some Belgian ales it is well rounded and very easy to drink. Definitely one I would try again.
fraans (31) - ostend, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, but there are better Trappist beers in Belgium.
Amber in colour, hard to get from tap, if possible even ?!
Worth a try!
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 Pours honey in color w/ full semi creamy froth receding to a rocky surface. Aroma is tart w/ barnyard features and cedar. Reminds me of Bordeaux. Medium nectar w/ very little residual effers. Flavors are bone dry and slightly bitter w/ a defined tart cedar cigar box character. Finishes long and dry w/ slight medicinal properties. Overall: Orval is a food ale. Harsh on its own. Goes good w/ real crab sushi roll. After a thorough search and seizure thus brew turns up in a watery grave. not impressed at all.
kcmole (28) - USA - FEB 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent beer, extremely aromatic with superb head retention and mouth feel. Finish was much dryer than you’d think of from a Belgian style beer, but very pleasant.
GRM (3585) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml, bottled on: 22.07.2004, expiry: 22.07.2009; eye: abundance of head, dark orange in colour, hazy, very slight effervescence; nose: floral, hops, spices, citrus; mouth: fruit, yeast, sour, long bitter finale
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange colored, strongly hazy appearance. Big white head. Fine spices, yeast, fruits, mild banana and licorice in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Fruity, yeasty flavor, aftertaste has citrus, dryness and sourness with medium alcohol, flavor differs and is somehow disappointment after great aroma.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A unique beer. Very aromatic. Colour is orange and has a fizzy/rocky head. Flavour is a bit sour with the right amount of bitterness and alcohol. Very good beer.