tabernarius (34) - Pisa, ITALY - NOV 26, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect Orval is a perfect ale, period. I could describe the caress of the fresh hops and wild yeast, the elegant but easy sip of this splendid Belgian miracle; one of the best one can always rely on. So happy it returned (2013), as the last year’s batch was a true disappointment.
MikeJslc (640) - USA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper, slightly hazy, with a huge rocky off-white head. Aroma of dry, cracker-like malt, earthy spice, lemons, Brett. Flavor: soft, bready maltiness, light fruity notes, a little lemony acidity and very light sourness, earthy spice, finishes dry and crisp. Very well balanced, delicate and drinkable.
ScipioA (148) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably the most distinctive bottle out there, but it pours out orange with a durable tan head like a hoppy American beer. Probably the most immortal head I’ve ever seen on a beer, lasted pretty much as long as the liquid. Fruity yeast aromas, little bits of banana and apple. Fairly sweet drinking with continuing fruit notes, plus a little bit of funkiness that increases into the aftertaste along with a little sourness. Some underlying alcohol character as well. From the bottle into a tulip glass, drank at just over five months after bottling date (7/03/2013)
Shot (45) - Westerville, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark golden with a massive, white, rocky head. Aromas of sweet banana and clove, nuts, and bread. Flavors are herbs, biscuit, citrus with a dry nutty finish.
GarnotingPete (700) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue 5 mois après son embouteillage. Belle bière rousse, trouble, sans dépôt et couronnée d’un immense col mousseux laissant au verre une opulente dentelle. Des arômes floraux où on note un peu de résine et de poivre noir frais. Elle est moyennement amère et apparemment sans aucun sucre. Elle est lisse, de corps moyen, extrêmement effervescente et se termine en deux temps: d’abord très rapidement les arômes et l’amertume s’estompent à 90% et nous laisse avec un petit 10% qui perdure très longtemps... Impressionnant.
knutole (10) - Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma: strong, very strong coriander, smells a bit like perfume, exotic, orange, citrus, i can’t really determine the arome, but it certainly smells extraordinary: foam is white and stays on top of the head; colour is amber-brown, quite dark and cloudy; taste: coriander, fruity, bitter in the aftertaste and there is an aroma which i can’t describe (is this the typical brett-taste?), it’s easily something i haven’t known before and it is delicious. A good and refreshing beer, surprisingly drinkable for what i’ve heared of the mighty Orval.
bjerkeaa (71) - NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange with big, foamy head. Some spice, tropical fruit and honey aroma. Bitter and spicy taste. Medium to light palate with a lingering bittrer aftetaste, which feels quite good. Very nonobtrusive.
arsol (204) - NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uklar oransje farge. Lukter karamell, banan, malt og humle.
Smaker sødme og bitterhet, ettersmaken er lang med bitterpreg.
Liker denne godt.
Jmum (10) - - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle 3 y.o. at Kulminator
One of my favourite beer.
It’s very hoppy and peppery when fresh and very complex and tricky beer when aged. Slightly hoppy and funky and very dry. Slightly bitter. High carbonated, very large head.
Saeglopur (33) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 Bottle from Merkur Hoher Markt, Vienna. Beautiful appearance! Amber-red glowing hazy body with big, long-lasting, bubbly, rocky, white head, that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Uncommon aroma of lemongrass, green apple, yeast, some banana. Taste starts sweet, with green apple, grass, some malt and merges into a hop bitterness and strong dryness, almost like a white wine. Medium body and strong carbonation. Well, I don’t know how to take this. Surely a unique, complex, well balanced and also refreshing brew, but just not my style. To exaggerate it a bit, this is more like drinking cider, than what I desire from an ale, but I can understand that some will love this beer.