Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) This younger brother to the real Orval is apparently only available in the café next to the abbey - and only aimed at everyday consumption for the monks. Trying this in a tasting with the original this seems to be just a dilluted Orval. All the same wonderful herbal notes are there - only weaker. And expectedly both head and hoppiness are lower. Hence it’s a surprise that the colour is actually a darker amber than the oroginal. Hmm...so much for my dillution theory. Very easy to drink. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. For all it’s worth, even this weak Orval is still a unique experience. No label. 230105
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. Smells of watery fruit. Taste is lacking with some malt present.
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is more widely known as Orval Vert . Orange-amber, slight haze; huge off-white head. Typical but very intense grapey Orval nose, hops (dry), leather, Brett - including horsey finish - bit of lunaria, herbal-spicey. Bone dry - but light - fruity, grapey taste, rosewater flavour without the sweetness, different herbal flavours, slightly grassy. Quite light MF, but more filled than expected. Watery feeling as fine spring water. Ultra-long typical hop aftertaste (more taste/flavour than bitterness). Very strangely a very pleasing beer. Something to raise (healthy) children on. Or Brits.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Similar to the Chimay Doree, this is similar to a Orval Light. No label on the bottle. Cloudy orange color with a smallish head. Aroma is herbal and hoppy. Taste is thin (expected), light toast and mild malt. Another beer I could sit and drink for a day or two, non-stop.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy light tea color. Phenomenal nose, just fascinating, sour and orange, with apricot and spice. Taste starts fruity but then dies away, is a bit toasty but has an unpleasant almost cheap lager-esque harsh finish.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an orange golden color with a medium sized white head and left light lacing on the glass. Sweet, light buttery, and spiced aroma. Taste was light, dry, and straw. Wet mouthfeel.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 Hazy orange color, heavy ashtray aroma, light weak taste, light watery body, light dry finish. Orval with water in it.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber, low creamy head.
In the flavor I mostly get light oranges -
Mhh couldn’t really enjoy this one.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin hazy brown, with a great spicy aroma. The taste is a bit weak, almost like a watered down Orval.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity barnyard yeasty nose, that distinctive Orval spiciness. Orange-dark amber clear, with thin off-white lacing head. Thin body with light-medium carbonation. Starts dry, wiyh light hops and spiciness. Low alcohol is apparent. Low malts, light hops, though the taste itself is very dry. Very simple beer. No match for regular Orval. Good taste, though, just weak.