Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer.....I feel like this is the perfect beer for someone who has never had a trappist before. It maintained all of the good belgian characteristics...smelled of grapes, yeast, and alcohol, cloudy color, nice head, nice fruity taste, subtle hop finish.....but it wasnt too overpowering.....crisp taste that is very refreshing and flavorful all at once. It had a very unique bottle shape too.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah, Orval...itís been too long since we last saw each other. Hence, a re-rate! Hazy orange-rosy color. Quite a voluminous head and enough carbonation to render it ísparkling.í, along with unbeatable lacing. Aroma is very complex and strong, having an overall spicy, yeasty, hoppy character, with herbs, leather, cheese, and even a tiny bit of acidic white wine aroma. Flavor profile is equally complex, with fruitiness from malt (slightly citrusy), some pepper, dill (??!!), a tad of woodiness, and that unique, artisinal unmistakably Orval-y blend of hops. Finish is quite dry indeed. So very unique. So much flavor development, even long after youíve swallowed. An unquestioned world classic.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange and creamy w. persistent head as advertised. Incredibly rich and weird mixture of aroma and taste. I noted, whiskey, sawdust, pepper, leather, funky cheese - yeasty, fruity, hoppy, sweet, yet dry. Very drinkable, with much less bitterness than some have said. Quite a bit of alcohol burn hits you in the nose, though.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A classic. The taste is mysterious and elusive, and I always seem to find something different when I get a bottle. In my book that makes it a great beer.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the first sip hit me immediately, tasted exactly like a stick of Juicy Fruit gum...nice combination of sweetness and bitterness
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely delicious. Nice sweet/fruity finish, with an almost bitter taste at first. I really enjoyed this and would easily drink it again, although it is a bit expensive where I am.
Ingevara (745) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2002
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
One of the better belgian ales, but it is really not to my liking. Stale! Yuck!
NephYliM (16) - FRANCE - MAY 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not so much alcohol, but this beer is íliquid breadí.
I tried it several times, and I can tell you that drinking it in its own glass is 100% different.
It is a true belgian trappist, with its own complexity and style.
Please give it a try.
Davhgbrew (719) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2002
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Great appearance, cloudy gold w/ a huge whip cream head. Palate was light, bitter, sour, middle was dry, and finish was watery, dry. I didnít think this beer had an enjoyable flavor, and I was pretty dissapointed in this one. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this is by far the worst trappist Iíve had, and honestly it tasted like mop water!
Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 Head is initially large, frothy, creamy, rocky, off-white, fully
lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), moderately hoppy (grass, herbs), lightly malty (toasted grain, light bread), with notes of cedar, apple, apricot, orange peel, dried pineapple, mango, clove, bandaid, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The Trappist thatís unlike any other Trappist. Iíve rated this numerous times, and every time I have it, I bump up my score a bit. This is one of the most visceral, bitter, funky, capricious, unique, rustic, and unusual beers you will ever have. So damned compelling, perplexing, and singular...how do you rate something like this? The bigger question is...fresh or aged? Well, my 2.5 year old bottles are a little better (to me) than my 1.5 year old bottles, so Iím thinking aged. But both are mid to high 4ís, and itís all I can do to keep from going out and buying another 12-pack to dump in the cellar. Time and time again I come back to this and time and time again I am amazed and its diversity and charm.