Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is primarily of yeast with notes of coriander. It pours hazy amber with a beutiful lasting off-white head. The flavor is very spicy with notes of coriander, yeast, cloves, wood, hops, and hints of cinnamon.It is quite carbonated, so it runs sparkling over the tongue. The end is dry both from coriander and bitter hops. But the body is thin. The flavor is very complex for such a thin beer. This can definately be used as a thirst quencher after hours of praying. Thanks a lot to Jeppe (Bierkönig) for giving me this rare beer.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange to copper in color. Traditional Orval rocky head. Subdued malt character and very thin in body. Literally watered down version of Orval.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a foamy head on a clear orange body. Aroma is mild fruity and hoppy - nice and delicious. Flavor is extremely thin and watery (much thinner than the other Trappist table beers!) with notes of fruit, hops and citrus. Definately too thin!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm
Obviously a watered down version of the "normal" one. Ok, but a disapointment. I’d rather have the real stuff.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased at Cafe 't Jagershof on 5-16-03. Bottled version. Standard Orval bottle. No label. Standard cap. Previous years had blank white label. MUCH darker than I anticiapted. Orange-brown with a thin white head and a lively aroma. Hops and a musty, spicy thrust in the nose. Almost peppery. Definitely thinner in the body that regular Orval. Seems almost like a watered down version of its big brother. Slight citrus, hop bitterness, spice and a grassy or hay like hint. Finishes well with a slight bitter aftertaste but it disappears quickly. Great beer for a Belgian "lite" beer.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Red-orange colour with a fine head and a marvellous lace, the aroma is typically Orval: citrusy, spicy, hoppy nose with notes of caramel; smooth, thin body with only a light bitterness, short watery finish - a watered-down version of the Great Orval - a big thank you to Nicolas Jeckelman for this rare stuff
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color; generous creamy head, incredible lace.
The classic Orval aroma, hoppy, herbal, almost spicy.
Weak body strength; less bitter and dry than <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID=1 Dorée, but much better hop character, difficult to describe as it is unique, easy to define as it is Orval !!.
Absolutely drinkable; wonderful style, I love it. Thanks Jacob.
omhper (18314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (2001 version).
Reddish amber, lively and crystal clear with no sediment whatsoever in the bottle. Big perfumy orange aroma. Dry, but thin with near watery mouthfeel. Notes of pine needles leading to a bitter, hoppy finish. Not bad for such a light beer, but well short of it’s stronger more common brother.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not as great a beer as its big brother, of course, but you definately won’t find many beers at 3.5% ABV as good as this.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
What a flop! Sitting in front of Abbaye d’Orval at the Brasserie d’Orval and ordering this special beer just to get a glass of water with a lot of foam on top and a bit of sparkles. Don’t even bother.