Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smooth, subtle, very unique.. one of my favorites thus far.
For those who have claimed this is a ’strong’ beer, or that the abv is easily discernable, I have two words for you: YOU ARE A MONKEY. I could hardly notice any alcohol at all, and its a hefty 6.9% (not 6.2%, as it shows above).
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Bright orange colour. Light beige head is very thick, and often makes fun mountainous shapes. The room fills with perfume, medicine, noble hops, tangerines, horseblanket. Fun stuff. Bitter body brings a strong citric component, and these are complemented by warming pale malts, an underpinning of alcohol and a sour, bretty finish. Vibrant, funky, alive. With amples doses of malt, hops, yeast, brett, alcohol, a nature that is challenging yet comforting, a potency that can satisfy with one bottle or with four, Orval is truly a pleasure for all of your senses. In short, Orval is beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 8/2/02: I said a bunch of stuff about peppery spice, rose petals & perfume..and how it was one of the best beers I have ever had..
Re-Rate 8/3/02: I mentioned the violet mist that permeates throughout your veins..the refreshing intoxication of complexity..
Re-Rate 8/23/02: I resorted to the ingeniousness of simplicity..’There is a world out there with oceans of orval, and the fish are in control..’
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fragrant,Orange color, frothy. Somehow reminds me of Christmas dinner. Rich full bodied, and a little bitter, simply put one Awesome Belgian Ale. Extremely Recommended, Local store only had two, now they have none.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not bad... reminded me of a gentler, ale version of cantillon iris with its gorgeous reddish-orange color and spicy, floral and citrus aroma. not quite as robust as many trappist ales, yet has a nice gentle lemon, orange flavor with hints of tang and spice... doesn’t really knock you on your ass, which is a good thing... refreshing, refined and pretty good, although not as strong as other trappists as i noted before. the kinder, gentler, trappist ale. not for everyone though.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big fragrant aroma, cloudy orange color. I agree that it tastes of orange peel with a little spice. The alcohol is hidden like an fat girl behind a brick wall. A unique beer that is very good.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer speaks volumes to me about how important it is to develop one’s palate, before one can appreciate some of the world’s finest beers. A year ago I would have hated this. Gorgeous, fluffy, everlasting head, and a murky, butterscotch body. A tantalizing, absolutely unique aroma: fragrant perfume, oiled leather, very floral (roses, lilac) but not really fruity. Honey and grain...what else? I could sniff this beer for hours. Has the flavor profile to match. Prominently tannic, but with so many underlying subtleties. Smooth malt pokes through from time to time, as gingerbread or apple. The finish is sublimely dry, perfumy, and hoppy. Elegant lacing stuck to the glass long after I’d finished. Simply a phenomenal beer, and a worthy choice for #100. Next time I run across this I’m gonna stock up.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very fragrant Belgian Ale. Nice light floral and citrus tones in the taste. Nice finish. A very good beer with a nice wheaty feel to the brew.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is such a strange beer. Most people I know either love it or hate it. A person I was drinking with took one mouthfull and ran to the sink to spit it out. I’m a little surprised the standard deviation for this one is just 0.63. That said, I like it. Quite estery with bananas and some light smokiness. Quite bitter for a Belgian. Yeasty. Some sour and medicinal undertones.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 8/15/02 bottle date 10 08 2006, Head was huge, and took a while to die down, on a murky-cider body. Huge musky/citrus/pepper aroma. Orange taste, starts slightly sour and bitter and ends dry as a bone. +0.3 from 6 months ago, most beers go down a little for the second rating. Not this one. First rating: Bottle says 21 06 2004, drank on 1/13/02. Has a head unlike any other that I've seen. The aroma is hard to describe, yet great. The taste is orange, yeast and very bitter. This is a very complex beer that I'll need to try again. I don't like the grainy aftertaste.