Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a cloudy orange/amber with a nice big rocky white head, lots of carbonation throughout. Aromas were of loads of yeast (bad breath funk), touches of cider and dry leatherness as well. Flavor was sour light fruit, dust/must, slight hop bitterness. Tremendous mouthfeel, very lively, like soda water.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Earthy funk yeast aroma. Massive amount of thick white head with excellent lacing, even in a non trappist glass. Golden amber with lots of champaigne bubbles. Perfect presentation. Subtle but complex flavors. Nothing really jumps out at you, but it is not watery either. Some citrusy hops, but mostly sour beginning and end. Nice mouthfeel, the lively carbonation combined with the sourness leaves the perfect feeling on the tongue. Not too experienced with Trappist Ales, but a fine brew.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to richlikebeer for bringing this one over. Out of a bottle, talk about capping a beer, a huge white head floats on top of a murky brownish red body. Yeast resonates along with the hops with variations of sour apples. Flavor strongly resembled the nose with the sour appleness most noticeable. An easy drinker that seemed highly carbonated. All around I liked it and would like to try it again. Thanks again rich for the beer and helping my memory.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lots of yeast in the nose, along with sour apples, and grassy hops, almost giving a vinegar type scent tot he cloudy caramel colored body with a HUGE fizzy white head that held on for almost the whole glass. flavor has a light acidic character, kind of what a flemish sour ale might taste like if it were watered down, but a little bit sweeter from some malts. the sour apple taste is back from the nose, as well as some banana and yeast. very thin and easy to drink as far as the body goes, tingly in they mouth due to the high carbonation, and a nice sweet finish cap this off as an interesting change up.
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís got all those wonderful rotten fruit smells that typically come along with a belgian. A little bit of a bland flavor compared to what I expected.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Bottle. Pours a murky dark copper with a huge, long lasting off-white head. Aroma is complex, thereís sweet malt, grape, pear, wine, banana and more. Taste follows the scent and is lightly sweet and acidic. I was surprised by the amount of carbonation present. One of my favourite readily available Belgians.
mybrainhurts (383) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice belgian aroma of yeast, bananas, pears, citrus peel and herbal notes. Lively carbonation. Yeasty and delicious. I have no idea why I didnít try this before! A top beer for sure.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light bodied. Citrus comes through, and it has a lot of carbonation. I was somewhat disappointed considering this brews reputation. Iíll try it again, and hopefully Iíll be more impressed.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very Belgian banana in the nose with some perfumy hops. Golden amber in color with a big, pillowy head. Very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of bubblegum, some citric hops, with a medium body. Very dry in character. Itís decent, that is for sure.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 (Bottled 7-10-2004, 6.8% ABV, and a follow-up, bottled 4-1-2005, hence the updated rating.)
A beautiful semi-hazy copper color with a thick, tall, frothy and dense head. Looks majestic in the trappist glass. Aroma is yeast, cloves and pepper. Numerous farmhouse characteristics with some accents of chicken feed. Flavor is pepper, cloves and bitter hops, giving a dramatic introduction into the realm of Orval. Cuttingly crisp. Stingingly herbal, like taking a chomp out of suspended hairspray. Pervasive, aggressive body that counters a what normally would be a thin viscosity. Alive, and hard to assess individual elements, suffice to say itís harmonious. Finish is ringing and singing with crispness. Lovely musky aftertaste.