Ov-ral - To Øl

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 98
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of soulgrowl
2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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. (183 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter, purchased at CBX in Charleston for $7.50.
A: pours a deep orange brown, cloudy, sediment, almost one finger head but it quickly dissipates, no lacing??
S: peach, cherry, Brett funk, light orange, sweet floral notes, some hints of booziness
M: tingling carbonation, medium body, dry finish
T: Brett funk, some peach, sweet malt, some floral hop, some spiciness, overpowering phenolic that hinders other flavors coming through, dry finish that leaves a bitter aluminum finish in the tongue, heat from the alcohol in the back of the throat
O: I was hoping for better on this brew but the flavor was off for me, maybe the sediment, maybe the age of the bottle (unknown). The aroma is great. (721 characters)

Photo of OmahaKF
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of malt, brett funk, and pineapple. Really intense sweet malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness. Finish is boozier than I would have expected. Not a huge fan, but a unique beer. (192 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,232 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%

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 (2,226 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Bright orangish amber color. Crystal clear appearance. White in color, close froth. Crown shows good retention & leaves a thin layer on top. Smelling is such an hallucination that takes you into a farm: horsestable, barnyard, leather, fermented cheese & intense burnt bacon. Helpfully underlying crystal & caramel malt aromas brings us back in front of a beer. Refreshing at first sip. Sweet toasted malt, subtle increasing hoppiness & brett flavors. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Oily texture & gentle bitterness. Long finish shows roasted bacon & smoky notes. ABV is well hidden in mouth but your head will feel it up. Probably the most complex beer I´ve ever tried. (731 characters)

Photo of nrs207
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe.

A - Pretty dark at the back bar, but seemed like a dark orange. Little bit of head. Better than average appearance, but nothing too special.

S - My favorite part of the beer. Get some hop aromas, but I can't recall specific hop qualities due to the yeast strain. Made it nice and funky. I believe citrus was the main hop component. Definitely a strong malt component.

T - Way too bready. So much malt it detracts from the awesome yeast strain and mutes the hops. I feel like this could be really delicious if they lowered the malt presence and let the hops interact with the yeast more at the forefront.

M - Really smooth, just a hint of booze. Well done mouthfeel.

O - Disappointing considering the awesome expectations I had since I love DIPAs and I really enjoy Orval. If you enjoy bready DIPAs and Orval you'd probably enjoy it a lot. (871 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 10,5% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 05/04/2014

Appearance: Ov-ral is a great looking IIPA - the body is lightly hazed and deep peachy orange in colour. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that displays great retention and leaves thick rings of lace as it slowly recedes.

Smell: I know this is not the freshest bottle, but I did not expect the brett to dominate the hops so much! The initial nose is almost all brett with musty notes and a distinct horse character. After a few minutes, some of the other notes begin to become apparent, these include: overripe/rotting peaches, sweet orange, tinned pineapple, orange peel and a little grapefruit. Sweet alcohol is quite well noted and seems to clash with the horsey brett.

Taste: The flavour is quite a bit better than the nose, there is not quite as much alcohol and hence the brett is much more pleasant. Notes include: Sweet caramel, honey, tinned pineapple, tangerine, overripe peaches, a light herbal note, musty basement, old hay and again distinct horsey notes.
The bitterness is very restrained and the finish is very dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium (or just over) bodied and quite oily, with a medium level of smooth carbonation.

Overall: An interesting experiment, but there is something about the combination of sweet alcohol and brett in the nose that doesn't seem to quite work. I would try this again if it was either a super fresh bottle. (1,464 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (846 characters)

Photo of PennFBarts
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given the name and the fact it was finished with Brett, this is their interpretation of Orval like Mikkeller's Its Alive! (just guessing)

Had on tap at CBC, a deliciously dry, hoppy, well carbonated beer. Super effervescent and highly drinkable.
The over 10% abv is almost non existent, just a tad in the finish. I'm not usually into the bretty ipas, but the dudes in Denmark are doing them nicely.
Both this and Evil Twin's Femme Fatal Brett have been some dry, earthy, well balanced IPAs that I am glad I got to try while in København. (541 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (885 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours a very lightly hazy amber in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass and a moderately thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a slightly sweet aromas to this beer from the caramel malts and some fruitiness - there is also a tropical hop presence and some light amounts of spice.

T: Moderate amounts of caramel malts in the body with quite a bit of hops present as well - I detected notes of tropical fruit and slight spiciness from the yeast.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation. Sharp/crisp.

O: Very enjoyable though a little too strong to really be an easy drinking beer (and definitely not a session beer). Nice interpretation of a classic Belgian beer with a slight twist to it. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. (994 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface that eventually completely faded away and left a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel hops, a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and a slight amount of sourness. Some citrusy flavors become apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming.
O: This is a very solid Double IPA. It feels strong but the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste. (825 characters)

Photo of marvin213
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (945 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a stem glass, a hazy reddish-amber color with a small, dense cap of off-white head. This was listed as an imperial IPA at the bar, but Belgian IPA makes much more sense for this tribute to Orval. I went in expected a typical IIPA, but was given a bit of surprise. No nostril-burning hops on the nose, but more fruit esters and Belgian yeast, closer to a dubbel or Belgian ale (aka Orval). Taste was bready and yeasty, almost in sour territory, with flavors of cherry and red wine coming through, a bit of citrus, leather, grassy funk, with herbal and earthy hops almost as an afterthought. Definitely not what I expected, but still very tasty. Medium body, chewy but smooth, alcohol taste definitely hidden well, but the burn was felt a bit. Good one. (802 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with minimal cream head that dissipates into a layer of foam.

Aroma is heavily citrusy, with a barnyard funk that is reminiscent of a sour beer. Notes of grass and hay are evident

Confectioners sugar and bitter resin comprise the majority of the flavor, with winey undertones and a parmesan cheese flavor adding intrigue. Perfumey hops linger in the background

Body is moderate to heavy, with moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol bite.

Interesting beer. Not at all what I expected. A little hot, but would try again...but fairly overpriced. (589 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a massive, foamy long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An extremely sweet and enticing aroma of light fruit, hops and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops (an average amount), light, tropical fruit, malt, and a decent shot of yeast. A very straightforward, light, tasty flavor. Booze isn't very evident, even at 10.5%.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp, almost harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done, drinkable Belgian IPA that's very drinkable. (537 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize what the ABV was when I bought this.

Pours a mild golden amber with a thin head into my glass. Colors are middle of road but with IPAs, it's all about flavor.

Spicy, funky and not quite what I was expecting. Hops upstaged by funk? What the?

My suspicions were correct. Tart, funky, spicy with just a touch of buttery malt and hops. The lack of hop prowess proves the accuracy of the style on the label (imperial american pale ale), even if the concept is absurd.

Lingering funk and spice dominate the mouthfeel along with alcohol warmth. Funk-y aftertaste too.

An interesting take on the style. Not sure that I'd buy it again but it's always good to experiment, no? (686 characters)

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Ov-ral from To Øl
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.