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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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Our tribute to the brothers at Orval.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Poured golden with a medium white head. Aromas of barnyard, leather, and sourness. Flavors are complex citrusy, sour, spicy, and bitter. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation and a crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Pours a mild cloudy golden with a thick lacy white head. Aroma is loaded with dry Belgian malts. Dry, semi-sweet body has a powerful lingering floral hop quality, but could use more Belgian malty balance. An interesting style to say the least and fairly well done, but Im not sure if it couldnt use some tweaking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 Bold horseblanket aroma, with a layer of sour on top. Flavor strikes hard with some sour lambic and some biting witbier characteristics. The finish is amazingly crisp, dry and short (just like Orval). This is an excellent (albeit rare) potable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (373) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
gabf'03 Cloudy pour with spicy aroma. An evolving, tannin taste that is sour and woody. Evolves and finishes better when it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ace1317 (4) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004 does not count
Excellent, almost creamy mouthfeel. Almost a translucent light orange appearance. Excellent beer overall, tastes very similar to Brewer's Art Pale Ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1169) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
excellent beer. dusty, lemony, yeast and citrus undercurrents, spicy. A lot going on and all of it good. Good length.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2003
GABF 2003: Dark amber color with a good white head. Spicy malt aroma, gets less sweet as you swallow and ends dry with a touch of sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2003
GABF '03 Excellent beer overall.It did lack head retention,but it fruity and malty in the nose.Mouthfeel was very smooth and silky,finishing dry in flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9602) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
Pale cloudy orange. Little head, not stable. Very fruity nose, citrus, passionfruit, obviously very fruity yeast - a tad too exotic for a Belgian trappist... Taste is meaty, fruity, yeasty. A bit phenolic. Mouthfeel - its strength. Very dry, giving a perfect counterbalance for the fruitiness of the flavour. I pick up very little Brett, if any at all. Yet it is used. If Orval is the target - long way to go still. Problem is Orval is a very mixed batch of yeaststrains. This beer is complex, but not yet in the Orval way.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10708) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This beer rocks! Cloudy, golden ale with a large, rocky, off-white head. The nose is fruity and tart. Spicy and earthy. Very complex and Geueze-like. Citrus fruit, yeast, banana, green apple and oak. Just an awesome aroma! Nicely balanced and full of flavors. Very yeasty with citrus undertones. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, desert-dry finish. Damn fine beer!


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