TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The most "exotic" trappist ale and very different from the others. Orvalís legendary bitterness is disliked by some, but is integral part of this beer from one of Belgiumís oldest abbeys (history dating back to early 11th century). It is recommended to keep the beer a few months in the cellar before consumption for a smoother and more mellow taste. Unlike most other Belgian beers.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Bottled - best before 14 July 09. Thick foamy head, almost like pouring champagne. Head was present for ages, and laced generously down the sides of the glass. Quite a peppery aroma, but I found it hard to distinguish much else apart from that and olives. Fairly medium bodied complex flavour that is reminiscent of drinking wine. Quite bitter, with a pleasant smoky aftertaste. I like it, but I think I need to compare it to a few others and maybe re-visit. (6 4 8 4 14)
Re-visit: This time I can easily pick out the hops in the dry, peppery aroma. In fact, they come across as very musky - quite unique (thatís the yeast you dumb ass). With a best before date of 18 May 2009, this is a llittle further advanced than the last one I had, but it still seems a bit raw. I think Iíll have to acquire some to cellar, and try them gradually in the coming years.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 Re-rating this fellow, id had a few bad experiances of this, but now my palate seems to be up for anythign these days. Aroma is outstanding, a beer you could nose for hours, floural and very well balanced. Taste is great too though the sourness gives it an edge keeping it not as good as the aroma for me. Still a world class beer and should be in the top 50. REARTE: Up from 4.8-5. Acht its just the best thing thats ever happened to the beer world. Its utterly outstanding, it just keeps you guessing and completly basts my tits off every time.
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange coloured with a huge off white head.
Fruity aroma with some sweetness and notes of spices, hops and alcohol.
Fruity flavour of spices and hops.
Dry bitter finish.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Picked this up in Belgium in a trappist 6 pack. While this is not an entire stand out, excellent in its own right. Great aroma almost sweet perfume. Taste is a little less dramatic. Orange and spice but a bit to sour in the afterbite.
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This orange trappist ale pours with a large fluffy white head. There is a nice candy flavor with a carbonated mouth feel. This beer is not as complex as most of the other trappist ales, but is certainly one of the better beers in the world.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Funk, horse blanket (iíve never smelled one but this must be it), funk, sour, funk and more funk. This is the true "youíre not worthy" beer. I donít see it. I tried to relax and let the nose convince me that there was something else there, something more complicated that I just had to stretch to appreciate. But as with all true mysteries, this one is just beyond me.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Hazy orange brown amber, copious rocky white head. Acetic tartness and some muskiness in the aroma. Sharp malt flavors and muted acrid floral hop notes peer their way around a Brett horsey, wet hay character. Musty tart finish. Mouthfeel is very dry.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle. Nice pour, aroma of citrus and fruit. Flavor is citrus and fruit also, as well as smooth.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 It only took about 900 ratings before I could really enjoy this. Pours an orange body with a large rocky head with amazing lacing. Orval is always the standard for lacing. Aroma brings a huge complexity of bretty barnyard action, oranges, other fruits, hint of European hops and sugar. The mouthfeel is delicate and balanced. The hops dance on the tongue at the end. I think my only complaint is that it doesnít have enough íbeerí for all of the interesting stuff going on here.