Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark cloudy orange color with a very large white fluffy head. This thing has a head like a rootbeer float!! aroma of breadiness and floral hops.. Nice malty flavor with a lemony/orange hoppy flavor. Actually everytime I take a drink it seems like I detect some other flavors but I canít pinpoint them all. The monks know how to make a good brew.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally hit on a good bottle from the LCBO. Amber orangey colour with a 2 finger white head. Great herbal nose. I didnít detect any citrusy hoppiness, but a wonderful spicy flavour, I canít pick out the individual flavours but the complexity is wonderful.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Picked this up last night on my way home from work. Needed a nice release from the idiots I dealt with at work. Poured into a goblet style glass, this beer was orange! Well more hazy dark orange. Nice head that went away at the right time. First taste was hoppy and dry and laxed out into a mouthfull of orange, lemon, grapefruit. Some peppery hints. This beer lost me towards the end though. The last 5 sips turned into a double greyhound ( Vodka + Grapefruit juice ) and I swear the last sip was straight vodka...Maybe I drank it too cold.!
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I absolutely love this. Bottle from Ibis Hotel, Brugge (!). Pours lovely hazy dark orange colour, persistant rocky head. Aroma of íOrvalí - very distinctive Brett, cirus hop, orange peel. Great mouthfeel, cirus, hoppy, resinous taste with long hoppy grapefruit aftertaste. Fantabulous! Served a little cold for my preference, but still bloody great and it improved as it warmed.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy brown body with a foamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves lot thick lace. Aroma is sour and vegetal with bursts of malt and hops throughout. Flavor is the same. This is not traditional Belgian ale, it has some odd fragrances and flavors. Very dry character. Overall, this is sipping beer that should be enjoyed at cellar temperature. Not an everyday beer.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Iíll say that this beer looked pretty nice. A hazy amber/orange colour with a good sized head that stuck. However, the aroma honestly smelt like pee, and the taste was no better. Based upon the other reviews, I have a feeling this bottle was badly skunked. Iíll buy another to try, but this one was terrible.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber with an ambitious bubbly head that condenses into froth. Strange aroma, kind of a combination of soap and band-aid, not entirely pleasant. Keeping with the theme, strange flavor. Ever touched a 9V battery to your tongue? Thatís the dominant impression. Canít even begin to nail-down the other flavors. Lively mouthfeel, íchargedí you might say. Drinkable, worth trying.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pale orange with an amazing abundance of beautiful, creamy white head. Foam settles very slowly, with a lumpy cloud-like surface. Incredibly fragrant. Orange peel, cinnamon, cedar, bread, wet wool sweater (a good thing!), lemon, menthol...Wow! Flavors of lemony maltiness, pleasant understated hop bitterness, with a champagne-like sourness. Body is velvetly smooth, with a wonderful clean finish that leaves just a hint of warm maltiness. This is fabulous stuff. One of the nicest things Iíve ever put in my mouth.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Alright, now I have an issue with Orval. Itís supposedly a classic Belgian, and while I know I should like it, I have always hated it. Iíve had it probably a dozen times, each time thinking that maybe the last time was a bad bottle. Well, I had it again, and I hated it. Again. I just doesnít do it for me, itís got a vaguely herbally flavour that isnít particularly pleasant. It does have a great deal of variety of flavours, they just arenít that good. Kind of chewing dead grass and leaves or something. Itís all capped off by its sour flavour. Yuck. So, I poured it. Again.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A hazy orange-amber coloured beer with a good off-white head which is mostly lasting. The aroma is floral with hints of spice and has a strange indefinable character in the background which doesnít inspire confidence. The palate is overly dry and astringent while the flavour shows bitter hop characters and a decidedly unpleasant sourness. The aftertaste doesnít linger but this might be a blessing. Overall Ė bitterly disappointed! (pun intended).