Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, this is only my second Belgian. It has a wonderful light orangish amber color to it. Creates a nice light head, maybe due in part to it’s colorful bubbly nature. This of course gives it a slightly fizzy taste. The aroma is different a mixture of citrus and others that almost imparts(to me at least) a bubblegum smell. It has a nice body to it and a good finish. I am more a fan of stouts/porters, but still quite enjoyed this.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit thin, and the alcohol stood out far more than usual for 6.2.
samustdog (73) - USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very wonderful trappist ale. Who’d’ve thunk that Belgian monks could make something this wonderful?
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice color and aroma. Interesting fruity taste - a little too heavy on the alcohol taste.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A superb Belgian abbey ale. The aroma is equal to the best, and the taste is excellent, with a peppery quality I don’t usually associate with Trappists.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very pretty color, and thanks to the head it took me over a minute to pour. Not the best beer I have ever had but it was definitely unique and I enjoyed it. Belgian Ales are still new to me but I always appreciate them. Cloudy amber color. Complex aroma with candy and grapes in the nose. Malty, vinous, spicy flavor that stayed interesting throughout. At $4.50 a bottle I probably won’t be trying this one often but it should be on everyone’s list. I had a pleasant buzz at the end too.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So much has been written about it--my drivel will add nothing. A perfect beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer.....I feel like this is the perfect beer for someone who has never had a trappist before. It maintained all of the good belgian characteristics...smelled of grapes, yeast, and alcohol, cloudy color, nice head, nice fruity taste, subtle hop finish.....but it wasnt too overpowering.....crisp taste that is very refreshing and flavorful all at once. It had a very unique bottle shape too.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah, Orval...it’s been too long since we last saw each other. Hence, a re-rate! Hazy orange-rosy color. Quite a voluminous head and enough carbonation to render it ’sparkling.’, along with unbeatable lacing. Aroma is very complex and strong, having an overall spicy, yeasty, hoppy character, with herbs, leather, cheese, and even a tiny bit of acidic white wine aroma. Flavor profile is equally complex, with fruitiness from malt (slightly citrusy), some pepper, dill (??!!), a tad of woodiness, and that unique, artisinal unmistakably Orval-y blend of hops. Finish is quite dry indeed. So very unique. So much flavor development, even long after you’ve swallowed. An unquestioned world classic.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange and creamy w. persistent head as advertised. Incredibly rich and weird mixture of aroma and taste. I noted, whiskey, sawdust, pepper, leather, funky cheese - yeasty, fruity, hoppy, sweet, yet dry. Very drinkable, with much less bitterness than some have said. Quite a bit of alcohol burn hits you in the nose, though.