TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ange Gardian, the Abbey’s tavern, a light brown with some carbonation and a large bubbly off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma, some vinuous notes - impressive for 3.5%. Smooth and light palate - some carbonation again. Sweet and juicy flavours at first, then dry and hoppy in the refreshing short finish. Lucky monks.
marcus (8294) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Erasmus Hotel, Brugge. It has the ame orange color as the real Orval, but that is the only similarity. This is a low alcohol version that is produced by reusing the wort from the real thing. Drinking it is a worthwhile experiment, but the taste is not very rewarding, the flavor being very thin.
gunnfryd (13591) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bishop Arms, Gothenburg. Dark orange colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity, yeast, orange , malt. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, sour.
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Bishops Arms, Gothenburg. 215 SEK is a rip-off, but I just had to sample it. It pours hazy, with some sediments, orange-golden color and some beige head. The aroma has an almoste gueuze-like sourness, notes of alcohol, yeast and yellow apples. A complex aroma that I could sniff for hours. Pity the flavor isn’t in the same league. It has sourness and acidity and some spices, but it is a bit boring. Thin, slightly sour, dry mouthfeel. The beer feels a bit dead, except for the aroma, which is just lovely. (060825)
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg on August 25) Very hazy murky dark orange to brown color, white head. Sour a bit spicy scent, not as "original" Orval at all! Very much similar to a gueuze, in the smell still. A bit watery mouth feel. Sour, but watery, taste. Low to no bitterness.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle at Bishops Arms, cheers chaps!] Aroma is perfumed, yeasty and really bretty so id guess this has been around for a while. taste is on the week side and the body is pretty thin.
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Göteborg) Pours hazy egg-yellow, golden. Aroma of sour lemon and yeast. Herbs and some grass. Taste: watery and a bit sour. Small, small body.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to who ever had this bottle in the bishops arms. Aroma is orval all over. Taste is similar but with less ooommph.
Furseth (2045) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Bottle: Hazy deep yellow colour.Aroma of sour,citric,flowers,Gueze nose feeling.
Flavor is like the aroma , but have a bit smouthness,citric mouth feeling.Short finish.
spodude (10) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Better known as Orval Vert or green Oval, note the glass, you have to go to the monastery to get it, but if you are looking for a low alchol beer this is the best.