Suttree (4744) - 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.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, fruity, perfumy aroma, entirely unlike the taste. Very hoppy and spicy, slightly earthy. Very interesting beer. I look forward to trying it again, but regret the price.
omhper (18367) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange coloured very lively beer. Perfumy and very complex smell. Tastes of orange peels, and finishes bitter.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great head here. Scent is musty and orangey, flavor is nicely full of yeasts and citrus. Finishes hoppy and dry.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orval is a classic!, orange, wheaty nose with a head that lasts the whole glass. A good introduction trappist beer to first timers. Looking forward to my next.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Pours a hazy blondish gold, large frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing. Flavor of brett, peppery, some date and citris. Strong finish, nice balance. By far my favorite of the Trappistes.