Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a pure golden, edging into orange. Head is full, and frothy white. Aroma is overwhelming and enticing from afar: extraordinarily spicy, very enticing and seductive, though I havenít even even brought this brew close to my nose yet. An arousing blend of the sweet and the sour, with some citric notes speaking up here and there. Loads of sugar and spice, and, well, everything nice. Fierce hops on the palate, and an excellent texture, great hop bite and play upon the tongue. Full of body and flavor. Long lasting finish. Delicious, with plenty of citric tang. Deeply satisfactory, very mellow and pacifying.This is a brew that tastes of the history it contains. A very unique, pleasurable and pacifying beverage.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 Pours crisp amber color with a beautiful lacing...smells hoppy and ever so complex...taste is full of so many different flavors: hoppy, bitter, vanilla, dry, oily...this is utterly fantastic!
04.01.05 Just opened a fresher bottle...beautiful pour...hazy copper with a dense tan head...smell is sweet bubble gum, brett, nice delicate hops...taste is sweet and grassy at first with delicate hints of sour brett...then the nice hoppy subtle bitterness starts...what a divine beer.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 An excellent diversion from most trappist brews! Lovely diamonique amber color. Shiny head. Nose of black olives, musk and hardwood. Same flavors in the palate only much hoppier. This is a monstrously good, monstrously complex ale.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 In the bottle. Giant mega-godzilla head of power. Best good head. Run for your lives, Orval is loose!!!! Incredible aroma of medicine smell. Way more bitter than any other Belgian that I have had. In fact, Iím a little disappointed that the bitter flavor masks some of the complexities that struggle to break out. Palate that just blossoms in your mouth. Pretty cool shaped bottle for homebrewers. The lace was not just lace- it leaves white woolly worms on the side of the glass. Very distinctive.
UPDATE 6/5/6: In the bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. I think I like this even more than before. Pinkish yellow amber in color. Medium-sized off white head. This is a bronchodilating beer. Acidic sourness. Cloves. Earthy. Downright butt-like. Flavor has some amaretto in it. Sourness and tartness. Tastes a bit like Dr. Pepper. Multiple waves of flavor end with a strong bittering finish. This is like nothing else Iíve ever tasted. A truly one-of-a-kind.
HermanW (1059) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
These monks know how to build a foam. Perfect. The smell is very fine. The first taste is a bit bitter but after the first taste it is nice. A perfect beer.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Pours light brown with a large, rocky head. Musty, slightly hoppy aroma. Very complex flavor, changes several times in the mouth. Very drinkable. One of my favorite beers.
Update: God, this stuff is excellent--a Belgian Strong mixed with a Tripel mixed with a Dubbel. Even smelling like pee halfway through, itís incredible.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Wow, alcohol nose jumped out at me before i could note anything else. smells like paint and vanilla. appearance is hazy light brown with a thin head that lasts.the description is apt this is dry. taste reminds me of the vanilla ice cream inside a popsicle but not as sweet. nice bitterness throughout that wakes up my tongue. surprisingly smooth finish that leaves a silky texture that sticks around. previous ratings 5,4,8,3,17
revisiting this gem on 2-5-5. pours a cloudy sun tea brown with a luxourious creamy heady that is fat and pillowy. aroma is banana and vanilla. wow, i just donít know how i undeerrated this aroma before. i have been immersing myself in it for 10 minutes and i havenít even got around to tasting it. i want an orval air freshner in my car. do you think i could market one of those in a chalice or tulip shape? iíd hang one from my rearview mirrir in my car just to F with the cops, "no sir i havenít been drinking, thats just my air freshner you bastard tool of the man". the taste however is apt from my previous session with this, but he hop presence is so perfect in this. the malt vanilla flavor dances with it wonderfully. such a great balance. the dryness of this is perfect. damn i had forgotten what a great beer this was, and thgey had them on sale at the yuppie mart to boot.
new rating as of 2-5-5 9, 4, 8, 4, 17
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle - Bottled 2002
Orange is the dominating flavour in this beer, hoppy but couldnít really pick up much else.
Will wait a while for my other bottles to mature a bit, perhaps new flavours will develop.
DaveZee (6) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This trappist is a victim of over-hype. Wet earth and pepper aroma. Beautiful amber color with strong head. Hoppy, bitter tast with slight sour milk aftertaste. Not my favorite Belgian.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Feb 06 Iíve really come to love this beer. After working my way through half a crate of this since christmas 05 Iíve realised how special this is. Simple enough to knock back after a hard mornings garden, complex enough to hold the attention whilst sipping. Excellent. 4.6
Jul 05 Incredibly well balanced with malt, yeast and hops all noticeable and complementary. Dry bitter finish with unusual numbing effect (like anaesthetic throat spray) on the back of the throat. 4.1
Jul 04 Bottle-conditioned. Spicy citric aromas with at times almost overpowering mustiness. Dry slightly sour flavours. Vergeing on excellent and awful between mouthfuls but just keeps it together. 3.5