sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 (Bottled) Muddy, dark orange color with a long-lasting, lacy head. The very complex aroma is sour and hoppy with a mixture of apple juice, berries, yeast, perfume and toffee. Fruity and sour, dry flavor with a long, sticky and chalky, aromatic-hoppy, bitter finish. Sourish and very dry, medium-bodied palate with quite high, but soft and foamy carbonation. As the most challenging of the trappists, this one requires sort of growing into. At the first few times it may taste strange and too sour, but after tasting hundreds of other beers - and many, many Orvals - it just keeps getting better. Give this beer the right mood and temperature, and it will really flourish.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Very tall creamy off-white head on an orange body. Beautiful beer! Aroma is not too heavy with notes of fruit, citrus and hops of course! Flavor is very dry and hoppy with fruit and some citrus. A nice and refreshing but quite different beer!
As my palate has grown I have discovered this to be the perfect beer in all means. I love sour beers, I Iove hoppy beers - Orval has both! There is no doubt anymore, this is my second 5.0 of all time!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a hazy orange amber color with a rather large pillow like head and a bunch of Belgian lace. The aroma is yeasty, perhaps musty, a touch cheesy, and citrus rind like. The flavor is dances around in the mouth with a slight sweetness in the front, sour in the back, bitter further back, sort of a salt flavor that lingers, and a musty hint that lingers; much of these flavors start simultaneously, but some linger longer than others. The palate is smooth, bubbly, and rich. Overall, a very special beer.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber-hazy colored body with large head. Nice lacing from the pour. Aroma is strong--Yeasty with sweet sugary smell and hints of citrous and olive. Very smooth almost oily feel. Flavor is slightly malty but mostly fruity and hoppy. Dry finish with strong aftertaste of olive. Slightly sour but not overwhelmingly so. Good but kind of strange in a not good way too. It is like the aroma was sriting checks that the flavor couldn't cash.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Rerate 11-18-07: Wow how my tastes have changed. This time I loved the sour, the funk and the subtlties. Bottle, poured beautiful honey color with a large foamy white head. Aroma is sour fruits - apple,orange and grapefruit. But okay, I guess that I’m just not there yet, not sophisticated enough in taste. To me this tasted really bad - sour and bitter with a lingering tart aftertaste. Medium body and good carbonation. Nice elements, but overall not my taste.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful semi-cloudy amber with a huge off white head. Intense aroma filled with citrus, bananas, yeast and light spice. Light smooth palate. Refreshing. Flavor begins sweet, but quickly becomes slightly bitter with lots of citrus and malt. A long citrus filled, grassy, malty, bitter finish. Consdiering the rating is so high, I was a little underwhelmed. A good beer.
Boutip (4779) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Pourred an orangy brew with what I consider to be the most beautiful beige head. Head retention for Orval is what other brewers should aspire to since it is the longest lasting I have ever experience. Taste is of complex spice with great fruit aroma. Also, great wheat taste with a strong body. One of the best trappist in my opinion.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date on bottle, 17,7 2007
Aroma was somewhat like bannanas with alcohol. HAzy orange color with a wonderful foamy white head. Long lasting and great lacing. Yeast, fruit, and sourness in the taste. Clean dry finish. Very tasty, but maybe aging it a bit longer will do it some good.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with a nice, thick, lasting head. Hazy orange colour. Excellent lacing. This beer had many citrus tones but was very dry and a bit bitter. Outstanding carbonation which made for a nice "explosion" on the pallate. This is not my favorite trappist but definitely worth giving a try.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangey, citrus smell. A firm meringue like head which stays till the end. A deep orange colour and full malt taste, dry and slightly sour.