ganache (5905) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 2006 Bottle. Yeasty nose with orange and citric zest, touch of candy sugar and lots of wet fruit. Really an incorrigible gusher, caught all of this one, though. Hazy-opaque goldenish orange with a strong carbonation tornado in the middle and a huge, yeast-driven, lacing, rocky, spoonable beige head. Taste a nice balance of acidity, bitterness, and light sweetness, malt and fruit with yeast. Crisp medium+ body, prickling but very soft. Aftertaste is yeasty and very dry, faint perfume notes linger on. Orvallish but not quite on the same level; still an excellent go.bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
A big bottle from Feb 2014 here at over eighteen months and the evaluation is clear: not Orval, but still pretty good! The horse and straw character isn’t as strong, very slightly metallic, hops are dead at this age, but it’s clean, bone-dry, and maintains a hint of soft maltiness. A darker orange-brown, refreshing, and clean, despite the obvious provenance. [2015.08.22: 3.7]
Bottled. Dark amber coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Malty with notes of yeasts, citrus, caramel and also have a floral feel to it. Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2007
Dark coppery colored, medium sized white head. Cloudy appearance. Yeasty aroma with some Netherland-yeasty tones, flowers also there with lemony fruitiness. Medium bodied. Flavor is even richer with these hoppy-flowers, yeast in sweet aftertaste too. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2007
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). Hazy golden orange colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is hayish hops along with some weirdly dryish notes. Flavour is skunked hops with some really flowery hints. Also some wooden and spicy notes in it as it warms up a little bit. A very mouthdrying thing. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 On tap at the Met, was great-- true illustration of a true Belgian style. Rich aromas, deep alcohol flavours, some citrus in the finish.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian, from a trade with Ohiodad. Pours Golden with an orange hue. Aroma of spices, belgian style yeast, and fruit. The flavor is smooth, sweet, fruit, spices, yeast, and a good hoppy finish. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, courtesy of an ohio dad trade. Cloudy orange pour with tiny head. Bread, spice and malt aroma. Taste was good but it was mising something. It fell a little flat for me. Not a bad brew but no WOW factor ! AgedOak (99) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Cloudy dark golden amber color with a massive frothy head. Spices, yeasts and some malt in the nose. A crisp citrus flavor struck me first , followed by some fruit. Ample amount of carbonation with a somewhat hoppy finish. Very different for a belgian. Very nice TBone (17565) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2007
Bottledomhper (25150) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2007
Hazy orange color, good off-white head. Horseblanket, citrus, yeast and mango in the nose. Citrus estery, fruity sweet flavor with some yeast. American adaption of Belgian blonde., maybe they are trying to copy Orval? Good effort but not really match to its archetypes..
Bottled. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Orangey yeasty nose. Sweet and mildly malty with medium body. Creamy and fruity with well blended flavours of apricot, vanilla, pine needles and perfume.