wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Appears orange brown and cloudy in the glass with a fluffy eggshell coloured head. Aroma is intensly sour with a hint of bitterness. (one of the first times I could derive this from scent). The flavour is sour, not tart, but dry and sour (in a good way). A bitterness overtakes the mouth shortly after the sourness subsides. Minutes after the first sip, comes the intensity of the bitter finish. Slightly spiced hints invade the bitter onslaught.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
there's alot going on in the aroma, give me a minute to break it down. Honey, orange, cinnamon, brown sugar, and ginger. A nice glowing deep orange with a topping of whipped head. Damn is the taste intersting, there are about 3 phases. Starts off bitter, proceeds to a creamy doughy flavor that makes my mouth water and then to a very pronounced earth/clayish thick maltiness and then once again the bitterness comes back for a smooth exit. Full circle. Damn this is impressive. Good shit to say the least.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 A lively beer in the initial stages. Moussey nose that has a slight aniseed tone. Very active and astringent beer throughout that doesn't allow one to enjoy the potential subtlety of the beer. Still, it is a good beer.
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a large white foamy head. The carbonation was observed rising to the top of my glass. The body was cloudy and an orangish color. It had a fruity aroma. I really enjoyed this brew.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of creamy white bubbles and a cloudy light orange body with carbonation rising from the bottom of my mug. It has a mild malty aroma and a flavor that is slightly fizzy with notes of spice and hops. It is very dry in its finish and has no lingering aftertaste. All in all, it is a very nice brew.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well i don't have a Orval glass to make this more authentic but it should taste the same in a swedish ale glass.very big white foamy head that lasted forever.Sweet malt aroma,very spicy,and fruity but with the huge bombardment to the senses it's hard to put my finger on just one kind of fruit.Smells like Juicy Fruit gum.Very nice flavor mildly malty,very well hopped,spicy,man this stuff has a little bit of everything i wish i had bought more then one.This is much better then i thought it would be.
haukur (1306) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 [3 year old bottle]ooooo... this was special! maybe the most beautiful glass I´ve seen. Taste was sweet, candy-ish,earthly,fruity and much more.. there was alot going on in the glass. It was far from being bitter which I didnt expect. I´m gona re-rate this when I have the chance.. I thank god that this will be available here in Iceland in a months time! [re-rate 10-1-04] so many things have been said about this brew, but I think Oakes tops it, "Orval IS beer" [add on] this is the first time I have sampled a really fresh bottled. This is bottled 281205. Head is very small, but there is a small overlay in the glass. There is that same complex with spices, cinnamon, apples and other fruits. Taste is a bit thinner, but it´s not worse then the 2 year old Orval. This makes more of a session beer which is not bad. If Orval was the only beer in the world, it would be fine by me. This is above everything else, maybe I should write a detailed thesis on this delicious brew? Orval, I adore you!!!
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle #3, Rated in Belgium:
Deep honey coloured body with a super dense tan head. Aroma of wheat, sour grapes, hay, grass and some light honey too. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour body with a good deep spice and hop freshness, covered by a deep roasted sugar sweetness. Aftertaste stays strong - good sweetness and malt all flavoured by a still pungent metallic hop twang. Overall, I must still not ’understand’ this beer - but this one is better than the bottles I’ve had stateside. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from just a corner store in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.
Rating for this sample: 7,4,7,3,14
Hazy golden colour, a bit of orange highlighting. Smells of gum, sourness and a bit of spice. Light-bodied; Mellow taste, not too flavourful but a decent bottle. Aftertaste a bit mellow and subtle. Overall, decent but not great! Rating for this sample: 9,4,6,2,12.
Slightly hazy appearance with colours ranging from bright orange to darker amber. Very thick head which is slightly tan coloured, but a definately great looking beer. Very normal smelling beer, somewhat reminiscent of a sour fruit. The flavour is very weak and quick. The beer is very carbonated but the aftertaste is very drying. Perhaps this beer is old, as my local beer shop is known to keep very old beers. I’ll try this again, as I don’t think this is exactly how the beer is supposed to taste. Rating for this sample: 7,5,6,2,14.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice Reddish yellow color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sour, slightly creamy. Flavor is sour, slightly sweet, malt and hops present but subtle. Alcohol slightly present as well. An interesting brew, belgian-like but not typical.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colour on the pour with hints of spices on the nose. Not a mouth watering ale, but pleasant all the same with a frothy head that lasts and lasts. Was attracted to the unique bottle shape.