beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Very dry with almost no sweetness. Citrus, wheat like, orange/lemon flavors. The head on this beer NEVER went away during the 20 minutes that I spent drinking this one. Thats impressive. Also a wonderful cloudy copperish appearance. Didn't really meet my expectations for a $5 a bottle beer. Too hoppy.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Re-rate (4/09/04): Always interesting to come back to something that knocked me over when I was a newbie after developing the palate. Nose of sawdusty wheat, mold, alcohol, anise, citrus, and pepper. Pours into my MIGHTY HAMM'S goblet a cloudy pale honey. The short lived white foamy head has no lacing. The flavor - though balanced - is thin; starting sweet with a warm middle and finishes tart and peppery. The medium dry body is fizzy and feels astringent. Not bad, but certainly not all that. [Origianal rate (3/15/02): 9 5 8 3 17 (4.2)]. A bottle of this was my introduction to trappist ale, I wasnít disappointed. This brew
pours a hazy medium dark amber with tiny body particles. The huge off-white creamy
rocky head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The fresh and highly complex nose is
fruity, spicy and earthy - with hints of straw, perfume, citrus, dough, plums, dates, cask
wood, coriander, clove, and pepper. The heavy alcohol aroma dissipates if this brew is
allowed to breath for 5 or 10 minutes. The taste is well balanced with a lightly acidic
bitter-sweet start and the average duration finish is the same. I didn't get all the flavor that everyone else is talking about. I'll have to try again at cellar temp and see if I get more umph. This brew has a smooth and
creamy dry medium body with soft carbonation that finishes moderately astringent. I am
excited to try more fine brews from Belgium, but if the prices are similar to what I paid for
this one ($4.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle), I may have to get a second job.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thick creamy head that lasts. The carbonation is abit overwhelming at first. Highly recommended.
The Etruscan (463) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 10, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful huge thick creamy and lasting head. Appearance is cloudy with a bright orange-brown color. Aroma is a true explosion with black pepper, herbal and spicy notes. Flavour is very complex too with dominating orange peel, hop and sage, ending in a long dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.
I enjoied it at room temperature with a tortellini and parmesan dish. One of best beer in the world.
chrislouvion (6) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 Re-Rate, Dec 2003 - not to change the numbers, but I felt I needed to clarify why I like it so much (because I have just enough ego to believe that all of Ratebeer, nay, the entire online community is waiting for my opinion). Orval is a clear Orange with a thick, luxurious off white head. Smells of oak, pepper, and wine, as well as fruit (bananas) and Salt risen bread. Flavors are like an oaky merlot and strong black pepper, with some grainy, smoky flavors. It is inconsistant - which a huge part of its appeal, by the way - so different bottles will sometimes have a fruity, sweeter flavor and feel. Dry crisp hops throughtout, and finishes assertively. Unique and a joy everytime. Update 2/27/05 - Tried a bottle with a date of 4/97. It was still tasty, but the hop crispness was rather muted. Still big musty, fruity notes, and some medicianl flavors, too.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was nice. nice color, huge head stayed for entire bottle. had that tart/peppery taste. the bottle i had may have been getting a little old - could taste/smell the alc. by the end. One of the better belgians iíve had (although iím just getting interested in them, maybe will have to re-rate this later)
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it at a belgian bar one night, I donít really remember this beer or much of that night. But I know I liked it.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have had this on several occasions and still canít figure out what is so wonderful about this beer. Cloudy and golden brown in appearance with a sort of pungent aroma. Very dry with an unenjoyable bitter finish that lingers way too long for my palate. Give me any of the other Trappists over this, sorry guys.
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iívr tried this 3 times and am still not sure whether I truly like it or not. Itís a bit over carbonated for me, but I can get past that. Itís got a bready flavor, hoppy. I think I need to let the next one mellow a bit. It seemed somewhat young. Still itís worth a try, probably more than once.