Piepenhenrich (1124) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017 judasbeer (431) - Budapest, - FEB 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vertical tasting of a fresh and a relatively old vintage.
The older one bottled on 13/03/2007, the younger is from 08/10/2009.
Appearance: The younger one is a cloudy golden with much more weaker-airy head than the older one has. The older one is more attractive with lively, effervescent look and huge white, cottony froth.
The 2007 one’s definitely better in head lacing and retention. While the older vintage is a lot more closer to deep copper but doesn’t seems to hazy or muddy.
Aroma: The 2009 is a lot more intense in the citrusy hop profile with invinting brett-yeasty tartness. The older sample is more mellow on the dry-hoppy profile, but there’s some really nice molded-cheesy yeasty profile with moderate tartness and slight lactic hint, maybe lactobacillus(?).
Flavor: The younger is insanely effervescent - even after 20 minutes of air-conditioning. Barnyardy, earthy bretty notes instantly. Then follows a serious dry hoppy peppery-citrusy tartness. Dry, quenching finish.
The older one shows more depth in the bretty, tart, moldy character, but some dry hoppy resins also detectable.
Moutfeel/Palate: Not surprisingly, the younger one is lot more refresing with lively citrusy hop oils, resins, fizzy carbonation and medium body.
The 3 year old vintage is a somewhat stickier bodied with smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: First of all: ORVAL is a word-classic beer with no manner of doubt. This a hop-oriented quenching, fizzy, easy-bodied ale, and doesn’t age as well as you’d expect.
There is no huge malty, sweet backbone, but the wild-yeast strains could do a very amazing job during the bottle-fermentation.
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
8/10 4/5 8/10 4/5 17/20 ->> 3.8
Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
9/10 5/5 9/10 4/5 18/20 ->> 4.5
Probably the best beer I tried (so far), definitely top 5. An unrivaled complexity of malty, hoppy, herbal, spicy, sweet, sour flavors, altogether very well balanced to a marvelous composition. It does, however, not meet everybody's gusto. I served it to friends once, and they left it unfinished, returning to their Lager. But I love it. Plus I do appreciate in the highest possible way that in the Abbaye d'Orval they brew one beer and nothing else, no 27 variations, just that one beer, therefore aptly named "Orval". Period. rumore (696) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 6, 2017
33cl bottle at El Purgatorio, Cartagena, Spain. 6.2% alcohol. Pours hazy loaded gold with abundant and persistent white foam, irregular. Aroma is resinous and grass. Body is kind of light, with abundant carbonation, maybe excessive. Taste is mostly bitter and dry, very low sweetness. Finish is relatively short and dry, with some residual bitterness. beetslover (5) - - OCT 5, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2017 Nice tea colour. Sweet taste, a little bit like Coca Cola candy. Strong honey smell and taste. Light bitterness. Aftertaste is quite bitter though. As for the amount % it's really smooth, and tricky;) kajser27 (1958) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 5, 2017
Unclear, orange-amber colored, medium off white frothy had, nice lacing and long lasting. Aroma is of some malt, bit caramel, lots of fruits, horse blanket and funky notes, spicy, yeasty. Taste is medium sweet malt, some caramel, lots of fruity notes, bit vinous, spicy, bit citrus notes, plenty of funky horse blanket, some tart notes, yeasty, light-medium bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, lively carbonation.
(bottle) Daboch (97) - Gdansk, POLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Kolor pomarańcz wchodzący w bursztyn. Piana wysoka, średnio pęcherzykowa. Piwo pięknie prezentuje się w dedykowanym szkle. Aromat intensywny, końska derka, goździki, chmiel, trochę karmelu. W smaku wytrawne wyraźnie ziołowe, trochę goździków, posmak rumu, z ładnie zaznaczoną goryczką. Od lat niezmienne, wybitne
ehaak26 (658) - - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle from A.J.'a Beer Warehouse. Aroma is peppery and flowery with some earthy yeast. Mariox (291) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Rocznik 2006. W aromacie estry, ciemne owoce, drożdże i lekki banan. W smaku lekko słodkie i kwaśne, goryczki niewiele. Bardzo dobrze ułożony alkohol, ale pewnie dlatego, że leżakowane 11 lat. Ogólnie świetne piwo po 11 latach leżakowania. Emelie (172) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2017
Ljust brun, klar med tätt lätt beiget skum.
Doft: Päron, äpple, jäst, lätt brödig, men mer frisk och fruktig, lätta citrontoner, lite kryddig.
Smak:brödig, äpple/päron, lite alkohol, lite brett, aningen metall men inget som stör, torr, allt samspelar väl! Mycket trevligt! renatoavo (1) - - SEP 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2017 Cerveja de forte personalidade, com aroma de lúpulo que envolve o dulçor do malte com elegância. Sua espuma é extravagante, quase obscena de tão saborosa e cremosa. Sabor seco e delicioso. Com o passar do tempo e aumento de sua temperatura, seus aromas passam a ter caráter mais selvagem, rústico, campestre, pouco convidativos ao próximo gole. GhostS (483) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 27, 2017
Aromă slabă, liniștită, note acrișoare, puțin spre drojdii sălbatice (dar n-ajunge acolo), malț ușor înăcrit și drojdii sălbatice (dar nu-i lambic, își respectă distanța), ușor murături de roșii verzi, mult malț, drojdii, ceva ieburi/frunze murate.
Gust foarte ușor, malț puțin înăcrit, puțin borș de tărâțe, ușoară dulceață de malț de grâu, puține drojdii din murături.
Cred că de aici pornește un Orval, astea-i sunt ”originile”. Un început de lambic și o bere belgiană ”stranie”. Foarte bună.