hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great foamy head! Nose is spicy and sweet. Another quality solid trappist! Loved every mouthful of this one. Just the right tartness and punch! Way to go
Mjp12 (358) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy herbal aroma, with a bread yeast kick. Flavour is so complex for its abv, , sweet, sour, dry hops . World class beer .
BenoitLhoest (3) - Liège, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Etant donné la modicité de la production, chaque brassin est différent de tous les autres, mais toujours il y a ce nez puisamment végétal, coulis de fougères et de lime mélées, cette première bouche ronde, douce, cette seconde sure comme une Gueuze, épicée comme une IPA et puis il y a cette interminable longueur amère, si longue qu’on se réveille parfois avec en bouche l’Orval de la veille. Ma cave en regorge, ce qui explique qu’elle soit si rare.
Tselloufc88 (152) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Aroma of some citrus, banana, raisins. Hoppy aroma for a Belgian ale. Taste is clean, fresh citrus with some banana, orange. Decent bitter finish. Very nice stuff this. Easy going stuff for the strength.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fairly strong ale (6.9%), it has a light color and is pretty milky. It throws a mean head, no matter how gently you pour. The first thing I noticed was the citrus/fruity aroma. Not a bad smell, but not what I had anticipated.
Bork (241) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich and filling beer with lots of flavors. The bitter tartness on the finish takes over too much and the mouthfeel is a bit too foamy. A classic brew but not for all tastes.
eduardovl (864) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle served in a chalice.
A: Beautiful bottle and art. Pours a hazy amber to chestnut color, firming a huge yellow to beige head that dissipates slowly leaving many lacings around. A small layer persists and some particles can be seen floating around
S: Sweet, malty and "biscuity". Fruity (reminded me pears and apples). Acid (orange zest). Fresh and grassy hops and the traditional Belgium yeasts the end
T: Distinct and complex as the nose. Sweet caramel upfront but very dry, in overall, bit acid and quite bitter end. Caramel malts. White grapes, apples, notes of wood, nuts, yeasts and finally the hops
M: Medium body and high carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. A classic and, at the same time, distinct Belgium Trappist. Mandatory to any beer lover.
Second review 2010.11.20 (improving A and D from 4.5 to 5)
[ BA Review @ 1/9/2010 ]
doomy86 (20) - - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, herbs, barnyard, brown, clear, frothy, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, lively,
gripweed57 (728) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bowling pin bottle. Cloudy amber orange color. Big rocky beige head.aroma is redolent of Brettanomyces yeast. Earthy barnyard notes, as expected. Flavor upfront is tart and bready with dry acidic notes. Finish is dry and light spicy hops. A world class ale. Very simple and wonderfully complex. Salt of the earth. This was the first Belgian beer I ever tasted back in the late 1970’s. I remember that it was so uniquely different and intriguing. It started me on a journey to explore the many different beer styles that were so unfamiliar to me then. Orval holds a special place in my memory and heart. It still tastes the same now as I remember it did back then.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted under suboptimal conditions, but contains notes of pickled cucumbers, mustard and lambic.
momordgz (108) - - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is so special. Is’nt my kind pf beers, but still being a must for me. Spicy, swett, dry... Extremly well balanced, good body, nice head...