bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium white head and some lacing. Smells buttery with sweet aromas of fruits and florals. Tastes of caramel malt, fruit, and spices. Finishes dry. Quite good overall. zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with thin white head. Aroma of belgian malts, spices, and orange peel. Flavor of caramel and belgian malts, orange, citrus, spice, and hops. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Amver color with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, definitely "Belgian." Flavor carries through some of that nice fruitiness, but thereís a little bit of an alcohol burn on the back. The bottle says this will age for up to 5 years. Might have to pick up another at let it sit for a bit. Good complex Belgian beer though. SilkTork (5726) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2009
355ml bottle from Beers of Europe. A strong pale ale that is attenuated enough to pass for a lager, and demonstrates quite well the absurdity of the belief that there is a major split in beer production along the lines of "ale" and "lager". There is evidence of unfermented sugar - returning the sweetness that has been brewed out, and giving condition to the brewed out beer. There is a flowery, mildly fragrant quality from the yeast - some honeyed fruit from the pale malt, and a tropical fruit from the hops. Itís a fairly predictable beer, a little hot from the fully brewed alcohol, and not very attractive. It tastes like a curious blend of super strength lager, APA , sugar alcohol, and a Belgian blonde. The blend, obviously, doesnít work. This comes across as quite crude and nasty. Yugh. mar (5409) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2007 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. cloudy amber/orange with an off white head. nose is fruit, clove and very light citrus. quite nice on the palate with a bold fruity flavor that finishes with a touch of spices.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Tasting at DōE, Aarhus Syd, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavor is caramel, alcohol, spices and red fruit Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle (2008) Nice rosy copper color with a solid head and good lace, this has an inviting grapevine aroma. It drinks richly -- like a sexy Rubenesque woman in a glass, this seduces me with its ample curves and character, drawing me to the details within the complexity. This is a nicely put together Belgian-style ale, but itís also quietly drinkable with a predominately grapey character, esthery, yeasty. (#3560, 6/20/2009) demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2009
12 oz bottle: Aroma is flowery, fruity, somewhat of a dry aroma, and nice spice notes that linger for a while. Appearance is amber with hints of golden and a soapy off white head that lingers at the top of the glass. Taste is spice comes to the forefront the a mixture of caramel malt, plum, sugar, somewhat of a fruity hop texture in the background. Palate has a quite carbonated mouth feel, somewhat heavy on the tongue, and aftertaste lingers only for a short bit before dissipating. Overall, Itís nice stuff for a Belgian from Chicago. I would drink it again. Cheers! Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
So Iím reading the label for this beer while browsing in Johnís Grocery, and I get interested: this is clearly a beer inspired by Orval! The fish-recovers-ring legend, the princess starts a monastery, and so, we decided to buy this beer. Right. Iím excited. But at home, right from the pour Iím suspicious. "Inspired" by the ultra-pale Orval, we brewed an amber beer? Hmm. Well, amber it is, with modest off-white head. The first prominent aroma is...butter. Butter so thick thatís all I smell for the first three or four sniffs. (No butter in Orval!) Further in, with effort, there is some grape jelly, cloves, cinnamon, and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is pleasantly sweet caramel spice, green apples, soft lingering grapeskin finish. What I have here is far more dubbel than anything remotely related to Orval, but even more English strong ale than dubbel. (That would at least make sense of the butter and the distinctively sweet flavor.) Perhaps I read the label wrong, and wishful thinking got me into this state of confusion? I go back and check. Nope, itís definitely inspired by Orval.
Well. I kind of like this, and I suppose I will rate it based on that, rather than my disappointment on the false billing. But really people, if this is "inspired" by Orval, then Wall-E could just as well claim to be "inspired" by The Godfather. None of the things that make Orval such a joy are present in this beer. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle. Fruity, yeasty, doughy, and (overall) quite pleasant. Dangerous at 7%. Not outstanding but highly drinkable and flawless.