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Ov-ral - To Øl

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87
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, hoppy aroma has good malty and yeasty notes, plus a fruity underpinning. Pours a dark, clear, bubbly amber with a thick and rather persistent ivory head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with hops, malt, yeast, a little fruit, a hint of syrup - and a noticeable, though not fierce, alcohol bite. Yes, definitely tart and funky! Firm texture has a good ragged fizz, leaving a hoppy, fruity, subtly yeasty and satisfying finish. Ov-ral, fabulous!

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
5/5  rDev +29.2%

APPEARANCE - Opaque orange amber with a 1-finger head that dissipates. Good lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, hops.

TASTE - Well-balanced. Sweet, piney, hops. ABV well-hidden.


MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Not gooey. Reasonable carbonation.

VALUE - A bit high.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Excellent mix of Imperial IPA and Belgian themes. Quaffable.

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -22.5%

01/20/13 From bottle at home. "No sugar left" is an understatement. Looks like it's all been converted to the ABV, 10.5. Downright sour, if you ask me. Interesting but once is enough.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Lemony tart funky barnyard nose with some fruit notes over bready malt
Pours hazy amber under a rich, moussey 2" light tan tinted foam cap that slowly descends to a thick film. lacy.
Palate: Has the gold, rich Imperial/Double IPA malt and the big Belgian style wild yeasts – tastes mostly like lacto with the Brett just starting up. The hops are not big for an Imperial IPA but they are big fro a Belgian and they provide an interesting bitter accent on the end that balances the lemony tartness Some butter-toffee notes in the background.
A rich finely bubbled soft carbonation only possible with wild yeasts and bacterial supports a lusciously creamy medium body. A big, bold, tart and refreshing beer.

Photo of jpajpajeff
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Tasty. Nice smooth taste. Doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. This one will be interesting: it's not fresh as an DIPA (at all, really...), but that also means the wild yeast will have developed some.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with a large amount of sediment floating around. The head is a finger high and barely off-white in shade. Retention isn't that good, but the texture is nice and sticky - ergo, it leaves behind nice streaks of lacing on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: At the first whiff, it smells like an aged DIPA, featuring a lot of caramel malt and subdued hoppiness. But then something strange happens. The wild yeast comes out to play, bringing both earthy funk and some phenolic fruitiness. If I really focus, I can still pick up some of the citrusy hops coming through. Whatever the case, this one is going to be damn interesting... (3.25)

Taste: It opens up with a strong, caramel-laden sweetness to it. There's a definite candied hop note floating around, as well, and even some vanilla. The brett takes on a fruity, phenolic note near the back end. Considering how dryly it was brewed (no residual sugar, allegedly), it's not as alcoholic as it could have been. Still, it does have a palpable booziness on the back end. At first, I wonder where the brett is hiding, but further sips reveal that it's just melding well with the malt/hop combination. This one is really unfolding as I drink it - after many sips, I'm picking up some SMOKY notes. Wha? This is such a strange beer, but not really that cohesive, either. Even still, this is something to be respected. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Light and dry for 10.5%. Actually, it's only dry on the immediate back end - due to the age, I'd even call it sweet. Throughout, it gently reminds me of its strength, but its light body means it goes down with relative ease. Having said that, it's almost entirely a sipping beer with mild carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: This beer is crazy. It's complex like Orval, but also very much like a(n aged) DIPA with its sweetness. Basically, the old DIPA bottle actually paid off. If you've got some old bottles of this lying around, drink it. It's still really good, just not very hoppy. (3.75)

3.58/5: Light on the DIPA, but high on the nucking futs

Photo of PennFBarts
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To Øl is danish for two bothers (which is a sick name btw), and was induced from conversations with Mikkeller (note this is not a Mikkeler beer, as I thought it was - the similar packaging and mikkeller imprint distracted me). Ov-Ral is the breweries first release (co-brewed with Mikkeller).

Like Mikkeller and Evil Twin, To Øl is a gypsy brewery. Ov-Ral was brewed at De Proef Brouwerli, Belgium, and is appropriately a Belgium IPA of high quality. The nose is strong malt and the taste is complex but resinous sweet in flavor.

Overall, this beer is excellent, though at $6.0, I could opt for a cheaper DIIPA with similar flavors (sixpoint's resin). Should I want strong malt character and complex flavors with strong body, I would consult Ov-Ral.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thin head but decent lacing on a cloudy burnt orange body. Aroma of tart orange, tangerine, resin, yeast. Flavors follow with booze, apricot, grapefruit, candied orange, tart fruit, yeast and caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation, oily on the palate. This one may have been a bit old, still decent. Little too boozy overall though

Photo of beergoot
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber-orange color; yeast floaters; thick, white head. Hoppy aroma; citrus; orange and grapefruit; pine resin. Strong, boozy flavors; hints of orange; light caramel malts; phenolic. Medium body; semi-dry.

A big, boozy beer that goes over-the-top with alcohol and phenol flavors. Too much of a band-aid-like flavor to really enjoy this one.

Photo of JZ77
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, very good beer. It has been a while since I've had something like this and I was not diasappointed. Definitely some beautiful piney hoppines with a significant caramel malt. Some underlying citrus fruitiness. Good head on pour, great color, great nose, smoothe.

Thanks to Golden Crust for having it in the bottle shop.

Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at Alewife, in LIC, NY.

The beer comes in a hazy ruby grapefruit color.

The aroma has huge perfumey floral hop aroma, citrus, tropical fruit, and some Brett.

The flavor has big caramel malt right in the front and then it becomes pine, resin, and citrus. It then finishes with a very spicy flavor. It's almost like there is rye in the malt bill. I don't get too much definition in this because of the fruity hops and the spicy malt.

This beer truly blew me away. Quite sweet from the malt, but tons of hops and interesting hints of funk. It does remind me slightly of Orval, but this is as what it is, a huge Double IPA.

One of those beers that stands out as super interesting for me. If it means anything, I was at a bar that had Heady Topper cans and I ordered this instead after trying a sip from my friend's. Then again, I have two cans in my fridge...

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, funky Brett and other wild yeasts, tart green fruits, Grapefruit and citrus hops, Belgian yeast, hint of spices.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, lightly reiny bitterness, tart green fruits, funky Brett, Belgian yeasts, and some spices, bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, bitter, tart, and funky finish.

D - Nice complex and balanced wild/Belgian IPA.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP last night... Paid $5ish. Pours with a 2 finger meringue like head... thick and foamy looks like shaving cream... the brew is hazed orange... beautiful sheets of lace for the entire glass.

Nose is very interesting... hoppy and phenolic.... some mild yet wild plastic notes... something that reminds me of apricots... and spicy coriander.

Candied grapefruit zest on the palate... dry dusty basement and somehow still something that seems to be sweetness, but I know this is bone dry... Hops (I think so) are sorta resinous piney notes.

Body is fairly big... even with the bigger carbonation the mouthfeel is still surprisingly creamy.

Pretty interesting beer... I would like to see some American breweries give this a try so I could hopefully try it a lot fresher.... Still a pretty cool experiment.

4.25/3.75/4/4/4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really special beer here, in a very underrepresented style, the wild yeast imperial ipa. this is a mikkeller collaboration, as many tool beers are. it pours an unassuming clearish golden color with an orange tint and a pretty sizeable white head that slowly settles back down. the nose is fruity like the mosaic hops from odells woodcut 6, that same tropical fruit, semi-tart element. the yeast expands on this, its not sour, and its not saisony, its something else entirely. the flavor is just like the nose, but the fruit really stands out before the bitter aspect of the hops checks it. lots of funk from the yeast, and its a combination of three elements in perfect marriage. the alcohol is invisible here, which is impressive, and the beer is super hoppy without being particularly bitter. the yeast is as much a star as the hops here, and its overall just a very impressive flavor profile. awesome carbonation and a medium body, right about where youd expect it to fall, maybe just this side of medium, a tiny bit thin. ice cold this is exquisite, but it also improves with gentle warmth. a beer of unrivaled complexity and balance at the same time. I am looking forward to my next bottle!

Photo of drrone
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light straw, amber color. Liberates 2 inches of head, which fades to leave a light crown of lace.

S - A pleasant citrus, hop, pine nose. A good amount of funk noted.

T - Very nice hop hit with medium malt back bone, more malt that I would have expected. The yeast comes through well with a slight hint of sour as well.

M - High mild to medium bodied. Light carbonation. Drinks well for the 10.5% alcohol.

O - I liked this beer, it didn't blow me away, but I could drink a couple and be quite happy. I picked this up on a recommendation from a guy at Whole Foods and I was happy I did. Worth trying.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a cream fizzy head. Some lace.

Funny nose. Tart notes, barnyard, fruit, and big tacky hop oil.

Hop forward, with tons of resinous notes, caramel, fruit, some barnyard and spice. Fruit is a bit tropical, and the hops are not fond of retaining a level of bitterness. Finishes with a malty and resinous note.

Medium full bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice one to try. Different and adventurous in the mix of style. Loved the nose and the aggressive restraint of the happiness.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy honey amber orange. Thin, sandy beige head. Not much to look at but I could smell it all day: papaya, yuzu, and caramel corn come first. Give it a swirl and it reveals cognac, pineapple, sourdough, and cherry pie. Tying it all together is a thread of brettanomyces tang – white winey, weedy, and wild.

To smell it is gorgeous. To taste, not so much. Intensely alcoholic, almost medicinally so, with a bombastic rummy sweetness that runs roughshod over any nuance I might have hoped for. A bit of caramel, a touch of pineapple upside down cake – there are hints of something really enjoyable here, but this is like the life of the party has got too drunk. A potentially fun and interesting character is instead aggressive and clumsy due to excess alcohol. What a shame.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange, one finger off white head, yeast particles, decent lacing.

S - Brett funk, pineapple, slightly medicinal, perfumy hops.

T - Pineapple, funk, grainy, hint of bubblegum, white grapes, touch of caramel sweetness, fermented fruits.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation,

O - Great brett beer, preferred it on tap, could use more hop presence.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright tangerine with thin off white film.
Sour Brett hairspray fusels with loads of citrus and barnyard and oil - a crazy, fascinating bouquet.
Apricot, bread, tangerine and resin hops.
Sour malt vinegar and orange jam finish and long, catty linger. Medium, fine fizz, clingy, hot.

Sour orange brandy? Honeyed cider vinegar? I struggle to come up with comparisons to suggest how weird and wonderful this beer is. The orange oil and musk nose is something I want to dab behind my ears. Piles of oily hops balance anything I don't like about Brett. Simcoe is there in the cattiness (Amarillo and Centennial, too.) And this was with some time on the bottle.

An inspired, unhinged beer.

Photo of crnipeter
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with orangeish tint capped by a finger of beige head creating short-lived
lacing on the sides.

Aroma reveals sour notes and funk with barnyard character while hops advertised on the label remain completely pushed into the background, apart from some apricot & mild orange-like fruitiness. A touch of caramel&biscuity malt adds to complexity and enhances the fruity aspects.

When it comes to the flavor the expected apricot, citrus, sweet orange-like and woodsy-piney
character contributed by mix of Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops is far more evident than
the nose suggested. The supposed brett characteristics i.e. pie cherry, mushroom-like bitterness and tartness are entirely overshadowed by hops. The palate is surprisingly sweet - I'd expect the brettanomyces to ferment most of the remaining sugars - yet the brett-action still provides high carbonation and slightly tart, quite dry finish. However, as stated before the overall palate remains on the sweet side probably on account of unfermentable sugars in caramel or similar malt.

Quite airy and mouth filling with creamy sensation yielded by oats used.

In short, a bit schizophrenous brew with aroma of significantly different nature than flavor. Yet, it's a fantastic Orval clone, a merger of Gueuze and IIPA qualities worth seeking out (330 ml, best by 04-05-2014, into tulip).

Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky,opaque brown contrasts with a well-trimmed, polished-white, two-fingers of foam. It looks menacingly attractive. The smell is like WTF-deep hops with an herb bouquet of old strong-man ale. It's like a cologne...I've always been a little conflicted about say the smell of Brut on a carpenter....

Hops are there, but what is that WTF-bit of pungent lemon rind with a bitter orange peel feel attached to it? Definitely medicinally bitter. Oddly characteristic of a DFH 120?!? Subsequent smells give me a Nelson Sauvignon hop/grape smell, and there's a Chardonnay-style dryness here from the Belgian yeast. One of the rarities that sorta feels better than it tastes: the alcohol is warming and mouth-pooling provides a bitter numbing reminiscent of liquid xylocaine! It's tough while sophisticated: a beer a girl wants to fuck. Mikkeller does so much; it's mostly so good; this is yet another neat and powerful production from toolbrew.com!

Photo of Fux
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had first this on tap at the CBC, but reviewed later from the bottle.
A: Pours clear amber / orange with a fluffy white head with poor retention.
S: Smell is quite incredible. Reminding of the Orval with its typical Brett bitterness, funk, leather caracter without any sourness, but also fruity (apricots, dried fruits, citrus peels). Spicy yeastiness on the finish.
T: Taste is hoppy, piney, citrusy. The Brett character comes after, with barnyard funk, various fruits (dried fruits, tangerines) and tons of spicies. Solid malt character behind. Alcohol is very well hiden.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth but with a puckering bitterness making it easy to drink.
O: World class beer! Complex, solid and unusual. Balanced and easy to drink. Very nice experiment.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a bit of fluffy long lasting head. Orangish in color.

Pretty hoppy nose. Cirtus fruits and pine.

Lot's of barnyard flavors. Hay straw and horseblanket. Lot's of hop flavor too.
All Brett and funk no sourness. Quite a bit of heat from the high ABV. A bit of candish finish too.

This was a real good beer. Exactly what I am looking for. Almost like a an Orval on steroids or an imperial heavily hopped Orval. A real style busting beer.

Highly recomended for those who like the funk.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-orange pour with a one finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Initially the nose is perfumey, citrusy, and tropical. But early on the wild yeast and brett really take over. The same is true with the taste. Lots of pine, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, and caramel, fighting for supremacy over a solid level of yeasty, spicy funkiness. There's also a battle of subtle sweetness trying to overpower a dry and earthy farmhouse character. Very complex and very unique! The mouthfeel is oily and syrupy with a mouth puckering bitter hop bite. The finish is tangy and funky with gentle warming from the alcohol. I had no idea what this was when I bought it, but I'm glad I did. I typically don't like funky beers whatsoever, but this one really stands out. Truly one of a kind. Highly recommend!

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Interesting aroma with a balance of earthy hops and funky yeast notes. Very floral with grassy and tropical fruit notes followed by a musty brett presence. Subtle pine needle character along with hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. As it warms, the brett overpowers a bit giving off a funky barnyard feel.

Flavor is similar to the nose but with a much stronger alcohol presence than the aroma suggests. Dry hop bitterness is countered by citrus/tropical fruit sweetness before the funky wild yeast notes come on in the finish. Dry and earthy with sticky, resinous pine flavor which is countered by hints of grapefruit and tangerine. The brett presence is all in the finish but there isn't as much funk as I expected. There's a decent earthy barnyard/farmhouse character but the hops overpower a bit and there's a really unpleasant alcohol presence lingering in the finish. Really hot with boozy sweetness overwhelming the other notes. This beer had the potential of being excellent but the harsh booze interferes with the more appealing flavors.

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Ov-ral from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.