Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber-orange body lies below a rocky white head. Extreme carbonation gives this bottle an effervescent fizz when poured into the glass. Tart and puckering dryness leaves the palate wanting. Complex multitude of flavors abound. Sweet aroma of fruit and bread fill the goblet. Delicious.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick creamy robust head that lasted the entire beer. Powerful fruity apricot orange aroma with a slight mustiness that fillled my kitchen. Bitter tea taste with a hint of Grand Marnier and finishes bone dry. A truly wonderful beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bronze colored and medium-bodied. Long-lasting light tan head. Smells sweet and flowery. Has a dry taste and reminds me a lot of wine, but ten times better. Hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Overall, a delicious Trappist.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Trappiste which, in my opinion, has become less great in recent years. A golden beer which still has a hopsack and horseblanket nose – very interesting. The flavour seems less complex than it used to be, maybe a few of the layers have gone? It still has a rich bitterness and some hop resins and that Lambic-like flavour lurking in the background, but somehow I don’t think it’s as good as it used to be. Still good, but not now great – unfortunately.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Carmel color with a large off white head consisting of large bubbles. The aroma is complex; sour, fruit, and yeast all at once. It even has hints of a red wine aroma. The taste is quite dry and noticabley bitter. The bitterness lingers providing a nice clean mouthfeel.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orange with a full white head. Aroma is strong; tart, spice, grass and yeast. Flavor is complex. Sweet, with a spice jolt. A bitter, citrus finish with a dry, long aftertaste provides a nice balance. Mouthfeel is very alive and champagne-like, medium bodied. An evcellent beer.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly hazey orange with the biggest thick fluffy head I have ever seen. Lots of citric hop florals. Flavours are mildly spiced, maybe some clove. Lots of tangerine and honey. Very dry hop character.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer! Really wish I had tasted this one a long time ago. Starting to see why Trappists are such a big deal. Orval has a nice, porous, tan head above a orangeish cloudy body (due to being bottled conditioned). An initial mustiness on the nose (almost as if you were in the very crypts of Orval) which quickly opens up to an attack of fruit on both the nose and palate (similar to a lambic but more suttle in power and complex in variety). Carbonation gives it a nice mouthfeel and a great finish. Definitely going to have this one again and push it on friends.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 bottled: only on tap at the orval abbey. hazy caramel color with a tan white rocky head that takes a bit but disipates....in the nose earthy fruit and bread, cloves, bananas...on the palate wheat undertones with nice malt punch, perfectly bodied. goes down without a peep. higher alcohol is nice and sweet but not tasted at all. this is a great beer and easy to drink and not overpowering.
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Complex complex complex. Flavors on top of flavors. Giant head sits atop a mahogany body, great aroma, smells like apples, oranges, and plums had a party. very pleasant. I really enjoyed this one, but it does not compare to other, better belgian ales, I don't know why this is so expensive.