TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This and the Chimay Black are the most exceptional out of the Monks beer. I have no idea why Westmalle Extra is rated the highest of the three.
Med Amber color, spicy nose, grains of paradise, oranges, bubblegum erupt from the nose. The mouth is much more subdued than Orval. It smooth, but retains a high degree of complexity. A dry orangey finish is similar to Orval. I just realized this is only 3.5%, WOW what complexity for its size! Very impressive
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex yeast and lactice nose, orange-brown color, foamy beige head. Soft toasted malt base with a sour, acidic characer. Some spice. Thinish body, for sure, that tappers off then comes back with a broad hop bitter. For 3.5% this is an amazingly full and characterful beer. Shame on other light beers - it CAN be done.
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to RLB for a taste of this one that Iíve been searching for a while now. Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized, lightly off white head. Aromas and tastes of yeast, citrus, and lightly spicy. Thin and light and bordering on watery. Out of the íMonk Onlyí beer Iíve had, I have to put Westmalle Extra 1st, this second then the Chimay Doree.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Part of a very generous and unexpected gift from Dalle. Not surprising that this tastes like a watered down Orval because thatís exactly what it is. Although I do think the effect is subtly more different than would be produced simply by watering down. If you look upon this as a weak but hoppy, clean and fresh, session beer for drinking in quantity (which of course is its intended purpose) rather than as Orval junior, it works fine. If you start drawing too many comparisons it doesnít.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Well it tastes like Orval Light. Has the dryness, hoppyness and saltyness of the Orval, and that slightly wild bitterness, but just doesnít have the flavour/body of the regular, which begs the question if there is actually any point to this beer. Well i think there is, because i could drink it by the shedload. The monks apparently drink this one too, which is kinda cool.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. An amber coloured beer with a decent large white head - would really have liked this to have been poured into a Belgian style glass but the bloody Diamond White cider went in the good glass!! The aroma is similar to the regual Orval with peppery spicy notes. Others thought the taste like watered down Orval but I just though it was thin and a little dull. Sure there was some peppery hoppiness but not enough. I must be fair and say I didnít realise its ABV was so small but if I was one of the Monks Iíd shun this for the real thing.
harrisoni (14461) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Funny. I didnít particularly like Orval when I first had it, and I didnít particularly like this either. Perhaps it will grow on me. Copper colour with thick tight beige head. Slightly sour, marmalade aroma. Bit thin in mouth. Overly carbonated and the flavours were all a bit watery
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ London Gathering Nov 05. Slightly watery with odd balance between sourness and bitter orangey herbal hops. But all the same just a simple light easy drinking beer.
SilkTork (5344) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Light, pleasant, perfumed and very drinkable.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Chrisí. This really is nothing more than a watered down Orval. If you are a big fan of Orval you will probably be a fan of this. Herbal, hoppy and spicy but rather thin. Acceptable drinking.