Christian (11804) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottle. Clear amber with a big and lasting white head. Lots of brett,m barnyard and grapefruit, in the aroma. Sweetish with a drying tartness. Clearly thinner than the regular.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from memory - the location alone (cafe just up from the entrance to the abbey, view of the brewhouse from my chair) wins a few points...and this is, after all, Orval. Has the same funky dry taste, the bready/fruity notes are much more subdued, and just overall thinner and not as complex tasting nor as dry on the finish. Would absolutely be my go-to session beer if it was even remotely available.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Clear, blond to amber body. Off-white head. Aroma of hops, grass and some malts. Moderately bitter flavour, but somewhat weak. Quite nice anyway.
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm) Pale amber colour with brief, white head. Fruity, spicy nose with notes of citrus peel, yeast and slightly earthy hops. Fruity, spicy taste with hints of citrus, yeast and spicy hops. Light body with a generous, spicy bitterness in a dry finish. Lots of character considering the low abv. Nice beer.
thewolf (11553) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. [thank you so much, dedollewaitor!]
Pours lightly muddy copper with a small, bubbly, creamy, off-white head. Quite sweet aroma, some flowers, herbs, light brett. Highish, prickly carbonation, a tad watery palate. Flavour is surprisingly nice, very dry, brett, flowers. Some peppery notes in the finish. Refreshing.
aphalo (94) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, no label (Akkurat, Stockholm). Very clear golden colour. Aroma is very unique with hints of flowers, hops and fresh fruits. Taste is smooth and balanced with some malts and hops, but too watery. Aftertaste is minimalistic.
avilla (12) - , ITALY - FEB 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Auberge de l’Ange Gardien. Clear colour with white head. Hop flavour. Light body, watery taste. Slightly disappointing. Good for monks and thirsty pilgrims.
SHIG (3982) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color with a creamy off white head. The aroma is a light fruit. The taste is smooth grain, malt, and light hop. Very impressive for a low ABV, do the monks know what they are doing or what?
yespr (36043) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cL bottle at DHVL. Pours clear and golden orange with a dense white and creamy head. Aroma is soft malty and with a very minor brett note. Flavour starts light sweet malty with a vague brett citric note. Dry wooden brett note on the back of the tongue into the finish. Smooth and easy. Light peppery finish.
MiP (14481) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke. Good grassy hop aroma, reminding me of the bigger Orval. Clear dark amber colour. Nice big stable creamy off-white head. The flavour is mildly hoppy. Has the familiar Orval hop flavour, only less powerful. Creamy texture, nice mild carbonation. Not an outstanding beer in my opinion, but good, refreshing and well-balanced, and very good considering the ABV.