Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, I think Iím overdue for a sincere round of excuses to my tasting partners for drinking this without them. Bierkonig sent it and one the excitement of opening this gorgeous package, I had forgotten Jeppe could likely find that kind of rarity, so looking at the labelless bottle and seeing a 2 digit date-like numbers, I just assumed Jeppe had sent me an 11 yr-old Orval which, as I love the regular stuff deeply, would have made sense. Of course you donít drink what you think is a very old Orval without a younger one to compare, so I went on. The petit Orval looked pretty much the same as the regular Orval, perhaps a little cloudier somehow and if itís possible, the head is even more lasting and rocky. Deep lavender smell, very perfumey "dry-styrianned" notes strike up front and beg for a sip. The palate comes off a bit disappointing. First off, the lively Orval mouthfeel is absent, the blending have killed that verve, vim and vigour of the original through a far smaller carbonation that feels a bit oldish and stale. Still an interesting medium body for a less than 4% beer, but itís no fireworks. Palate is very dry, long, with dusty funky yeast playing around the floral and herbal hop characteristics. Appealing product by itself I imagine, but ultimately, Iíd rather have half a real Orval than a Petit Orval.
Papsoe (25089) - 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 cafť 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 itís 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 itís 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 (7809) - 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 (5270) - 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 (5594) - Garching b. MŁnchen, 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 couldnít 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.