Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ya know, I never liked Orval until this moment. Fairly fresh bottle for American standards, only about 6 months young. Attractive dark orange in color, with a monstrous white head that falls eloquently. Expressive, yeasty and hoppy nose, with hints of flowers, perfume and citrus fruits. Flavor is extremely complex, bursting with citrus fruits, exploding with hop flavor, while remaining very funky, somewhat sour, full of horseblanket and wild yeast flavors. Dry, lingering, incredible and oh so unique. Palate is smooth and bubbly and so fitting.
scotty (1133) - SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy,deep gold in colour, big bubbled frothy white head. Nose is wonderfully rich with toffee/malt/spice all mingled together. Palate is full bodied and powerfull, sweet and fruity, but is well balanced...there is a l..o..n..g finish that lingers on the tongue for ages. This is a young example( bottled 20/01/05) but I didn’t have the patience to keep it, last tasted about 10years ago, and it was much enjoyed then, are older samples really that much better?
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Had to re rate this. Fluffy white head and nice light orange brown color. Intense spicy, fruity aroma. Also got hints of sweet Marsala wine, pineapple, green apple, and bannana, phenominal That spiciness carries on to the taste, along with some lemon zest, and tart fruit. Bitterness is there but it isnt a overwhelming. Nice dry, almost sour finish. Very highly carbonated and feels nice in the mouth. The aroma on this beer is top notch, and the flavor is interesting and unique. A lot of my friends said this stuff sucks, but I assure you that I do not. Awesome, truly awesome.
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Orange-brown body with a fluffy lightly tanned head. Very fruity and floral hoppy aroma with some herbal elements. Bitter dry flavour, light to medium bodied. One of my favourite Abbey beers. Initially malty taste with notes of caramel and cinnamon, which turns into a spicy, bitter hoppy & very lasting dry finish. Complex and absolutely well-rounded. A great beer !
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 For some reason, I was not looking forward to drinking this beer. However, after the first sip, my reluctance turned to satisfaction. An excellent beer, with a nice floral aroma and dry, biting hops that don’t overwhelm the drinker. Lots of blunt sweetness going on, but it never turns cloying. Hints of cinammon are evident with each passing sip. Perhaps a bit of cherry/strawberry as well. Nice, crisp palate and a well-rounded finish.
Incubus1981 (12) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice copper/amber color in the glass with a dense head that dies down quickly but lasts in a thin layer for a long time. Aroma carries a strong incense character, as well as hints of fruit and spice. Light hop bitterness and upfront tartness melt away to sweetness with flavors of incense, earth, banana, clove, lemon, light malt, herby hops. Slight flavor of alcohol in the background. All of the flavors are in very good balance, making it hard to pick them out individually. This beer, to me, combines the best elements of sweet Belgian ales and bitter IPAs. Excellent.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful light copper color with an amazing thick head that laces the sides of my St Bernardus trappists glass. My first 10 in aroma this stuff smells amazing... I poured it and sniffed it for a good 10 minutes before I even took the first sip. Almost perfume aroma flowery, hoppy, malty. Just delicious. The taste is earthy, citrus, flowers, malts some corriander and other spices. A lot going on with this one. I can also taste peaches/pears and other sweet fruits. On the palate this is fantastic. So light and carbonated yet so complex. Very sweet and tasty on your tongue. Yet very dry on the finish. So smooth. Lots of flavor and so balanced this one is very tough to find fault with. A very unique and fantastic experience. I recommend this one!!!
Dutch70 (48) - USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very unique beer, I cannot describe it. Very complex aroma and flavour, nothing else like it. Extremely good beer, one of my absolute favourites!
ALLOVATE (2859) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As far as beers go, this is a masterpiece of artistic triumph. Complex, clean, complimentary and quenching. The history of the Abbaye D’Orval is enough to give it fame, but the beer itself should make the Benedictine Monks of this Trappist monastery very proud. Tasted from the bottle, at the Belgian beer café, Perth (6.2%ABV Feb ’03). Poured into it’s own glass (a little too cold, though), a lovely big fluffy beige head formed and clung like glue to the glass. The beer itself a hazy caramel orange. Sweet and generous citric, floral and acidic nose, very yeasty and balanced with biting spicy phenols. Fruits like peaches, mangoes and apricots mingled in the leafy and bitter ’hoppy’ aroma, as it warmed in my hands. Very little malt to be found, but just an absolutely lovely bouquet that followed through into the mouth. Extremely dry across the palate, biting but not puckering, clean and grassy. Low vanilla notes, but dominant hops push this to the background. Orange and lemon zest, mangoes, apricots and other fruity esters, and leafy herbs bounce around the mouth, and follow into the long quenching and bitter swallow. Very well rounded, extremely balanced and big in flavour. A truly unique experience and one I am sure to come back to. Cannot fault it. One of the best!!
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Orange/red color with good sized rocky head. Aroma is awesome. Cirtus, oranges, farmhouse, dry flowery hops. Nice. Taste is earthy, citrus, dry, spice, and a little salt. Leaves you with a nice dry hoppiness. Wow. Good stuff.