Brewed by Brasserie dOrval
Style: Belgian Ale
Florenville - Villers-d.-Orval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
In contrast to all the others, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process. Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste.
Bottled at 5.2% abv - can go up as high as 7.2%

judasbeer's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, - FEB 6, 2010
Vertical tasting of a fresh and a relatively old vintage.
The older one bottled on 13/03/2007, the younger is from 08/10/2009.

Appearance: The younger one is a cloudy golden with much more weaker-airy head than the older one has. The older one is more attractive with lively, effervescent look and huge white, cottony froth. The 2007 one’s definitely better in head lacing and retention. While the older vintage is a lot more closer to deep copper but doesn’t seems to hazy or muddy.
Aroma: The 2009 is a lot more intense in the citrusy hop profile with invinting brett-yeasty tartness. The older sample is more mellow on the dry-hoppy profile, but there’s some really nice molded-cheesy yeasty profile with moderate tartness and slight lactic hint, maybe lactobacillus(?).
Flavor: The younger is insanely effervescent - even after 20 minutes of air-conditioning. Barnyardy, earthy bretty notes instantly. Then follows a serious dry hoppy peppery-citrusy tartness. Dry, quenching finish. The older one shows more depth in the bretty, tart, moldy character, but some dry hoppy resins also detectable.
Moutfeel/Palate: Not surprisingly, the younger one is lot more refresing with lively citrusy hop oils, resins, fizzy carbonation and medium body. The 3 year old vintage is a somewhat stickier bodied with smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: First of all: ORVAL is a word-classic beer with no manner of doubt. This a hop-oriented quenching, fizzy, easy-bodied ale, and doesn’t age as well as you’d expect. There is no huge malty, sweet backbone, but the wild-yeast strains could do a very amazing job during the bottle-fermentation.

--> 2007 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall 8/10 4/5 8/10 4/5 17/20 ->> 3.8

--> 2009 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall 9/10 5/5 9/10 4/5 18/20 ->> 4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BytesAndBrews (33) - - AUG 24, 2016
Beautiful cloudy amber unfiltered beer with an off white head that never stops. Aroma of hay overlaid with fruity and floral notes. Flavor is full of funky fermentation character with some raisin and fig notes, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrNeonGreen (3) - Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2016 does not count
Dry frothy fizzy and wonderful. Exactly what I imagine when I think trappist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle. Poured hazy, dark amber, foamy, lasting off white head. Aroma was figs, pear, some banana, sweet hay, dusty. Taste was mild bitterness, some sour notes, dry, medicinal lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (746) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle @ Musei Vaticani, Rome. Pours hazy amber with a big white head. The aroma features fresh and slightly sour apple and yeasty notes; very earthy, farmhouse-like theme. Taste is crisp and dry and a bit tart. Sour apple, yeasty spiciness and a touch of floral hoppiness create a refreshing, biting mix. The palate is medium-bodied, the carbonation lively. Yeast is playing a leading role here, hops a supporting one; malts do not feature much. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jenner707 (63) - DENMARK - AUG 14, 2016
An unfilteted beer with a large foamy head, Strong carbonation. The aroma fruty, actually hints of flowers. The taste is fruty with bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (781) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Pullotettu 7.7.2011, BBE 7.7.2016 eli pari vuotta vanha tapaus. Samea, runsaasti vaahtoava vaaleanruskea olut. Vaahto jättää kivasti pitsiä. Tuoksu omenainen, viljainen ja epämiellyttävän saippuainen. Maku jatkaa samalla linjalla ollen ennen kaikkea kuivan omenainen ja hieman viljainen. Varsin yksiulotteinen joka tapauksessa. Kuin kuivaa siideriä joisi. Ja kun siideri ei omaan suuhun maistu, ei oikein tämäkään. Yhden pullon ajattelin jättää kypsymään pidempään, katsotaan josko tämä paranisi edes hieman.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OsuStu (212) - - AUG 10, 2016
11.2 oz bottle. Massive bubbly off white head. Color is a hazy, opaque burnt orange. Aromas of alcohol, yeast, very ripe banana, candied dark fruits. Medium body built on heavy carbonation. Chardonnay-like, dry, apricot, yeast, some funk, caramel. Some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
David562 (8) - Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016 does not count
There’s something about these Belgium beers. They taste funny. Maybe I’ll get used to them eventually.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wyldeturkey101 (69) - - AUG 4, 2016
i bought this from my local shop and was told to get the best flavor possible from it i was to pour half, swill the bottle and the pour the other half. i dont know if i messed up what seemed to be a very simple procedure but im not really a fan of this beer, that may just be my taste though. it pours into a fantastic looking deep red with an expansive looking head resembling any science fair project volcano in any american film that has a science fair. aroma is somewhat sour and almost reminiscent of the wild beer signature aroma, but not. the taste is dry with a primary taste of citrus but fades into hay. i must say as im writing and drinking i dont think its so much the beers fault as much as its the fact that its just not the taste i like.good beer, just not my kind of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adamsville (196) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
Apparence : Cuivrée, carbonatation élevée et rapide, gros col blanc, dentelle moyenne.
Nez : Levure, épices, herbes, agrumes légers, pain grillé léger. Intensité moyenne à bonne.
Goût : Levure tout à fait dominante sous forme d’épices et de goût typiquement belge. Les houblons font leur part avec des notes herbacées et d’agrumes.
Sensation : Effervescence plutôt élevée, corps mince, piquant partout en bouche, légère amertume en finale, légère chaleur d’alcool, longueur moyenne.
Bref : Bière dominée par la levure belge et bien appuyée par des houblons herbacés et d’agrumes. On a droit à une bière réellement bien équilibrée, sans rien de déplacé, tout est «à sa place». Buvabilité très élevée.

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