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)

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Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Without understanding how to pronounce the combination of letters and symbols in the beer's name or beer, I probably sound more like a mechanic than a beer reviewer saying "tool overhaul", but enough about symatics- this beer is what's worth discussing.

Hazy orange with underlying rusty hues, the beer gives dense impressions to the eye. The creamy ale slowly releases a dainty layer of capped foam. Off white and short statured, the beer defiantly retains well and speckles the glass with lace. Many of the newer Scandinavian microbrewed beers carry this unfiltered yeasty haze, so I'm expecting it's full flavor and textures to come with it.

Strong phenolic character shapes first impressions with an almost-sour and pungent scent of dried limes, plastic, and sharp peppercorn. Underneath the earthy brine lies the unmistakable fruitiness of Belgian-esque esters that give impressions of apples, oranges, apricots, and a mix of berries. Hunting for the hop aromatics are a bit tougher then usual for the larger-than-life IPA because the hop varieties are fruity and tropical and only offer the slightest whiff of grass or pine. It all blends into the esters and spicy character remarkably well.

I'm taken back by the beer's flavor because the spices and earthen pungencies are all down played and the fusion of malt, hops, and esters steal the show. Candied flavors of marmalade, honey, and thinly sweet caramel sooth the mouth with sly sweetness. Not to be outdone, the counterparts of hops arrive with citrusy and tropical notes that vary between ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, apricots- all in a bitter Fruit Rollup kinda way. The malt and hop complexities are further bridged with the berry-like twang, apple, spiced pear, and peach flavor from yeast esters... The beer's melange crosses the palate with a Hawaiian Fruit Punch taste that's meant for hop heads!

Full bodied from the sound of the gun until the finish line, the beer doesn't play around with lightness or finesse. It's full malt textures keep the beer rounded and balanced as the fruit and alcohol penetrate the mouth's surfaces with no appologies. A late finish of resiny dryness, semi-dry development, and alcohol warmth- the beer shows no signs of letting up as the taste lingers well into the next sip.

Ov-ral is a talented and complex taste without confussion. Only its briny earthen aroma provides slight distraction in aroma. Other than that, the taste of the beer is highly unique and delicious. I don't think I can sing its praises higher. (2,543 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 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 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 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 Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Geers in Ghent. I wish I had bought more. This is a collaboration DIPA with Mikkeller and is brewed with brett.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized, thicker looking, bright white head with good retention. Slightly hazy gamboge orange in body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and ring that remain until the end of the glass but leave no real lacing. Good looking.

SMELL: Pale malts, floral hops, grapefruit and some definite brett notes. Bolder nose and very well balanced and unique. Good stuff.

TASTE: Pale malts, melon and piney hop notes. Some decent brett tartness there and a bit of alcohol spice at the swallow. Bold but somewhat dry aftertaste of piney hop bitterness, brett tartness and spicy alcohol. Very balanced and flavorful. Just cool.

PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A hint of alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. A very unique take on the style, and the brett was extremely well integrated. I wish I had bought more of this stuff when I had the chance. A beer definitely worth checking out if you have the opportunity. Highly recommended. (1,267 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 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 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 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)

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Ov-ral from To Øl
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