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


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RATINGS: 4202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tokyo9 (49) - GERMANY - FEB 14, 2016
Grape, citrus, banana in aroma
Very lasting foam
A little alcohol smell
Complex bitterness in finish
Citrus flavour
One blemish is a subtle rotten egg

Intricate taste in good way

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (169) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2016
Pale, a bit hazy yellow colour. Medium white head. A bit of horseblanket, blue cheese and hay in the aroma. Grassy and refreshing beginning. Caramel and flowers in the middle. Sweet but really pleasent finish. Really interesting and refreshing beer with suprisingly light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimbo2 (91) - DENMARK - FEB 13, 2016
Unique. This is brett, the way it should be. Dry, bitter, learhery, esthery, funky, complex. One of a kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dews (17) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2016 Pretty much bubble. Taste medium sweet, medium bitter (much hop). Aroma of orange peel. The body is little weak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shanshirohop (44) - Zaragoza, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2016
Todo un clásico belga, que no puede defraudar, una pena que se esté extinguiendo poco a poco.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
euniceradio (351) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle to tulip. Pours clouded copper, creamy beige head. Aroma of citrus, bread, caramel, clove, banana. Taste of same with added spice and orange marmalade. Highly effervescent. Dry finish with green apple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
h0ppingmad (24) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 10, 2016
33cl bottle, pours a cloudy orange/brown with very persistent frothy head. Aroma of cloves and yeast and slight citrus. Taste similar to aroma, dry, bitter with slightly sour finish. A great example of a Belgian trappist ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrNosha (1043) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
Der Klassiker in der 0,33l Flasche. Alles schon gesagt. Tolles Trapistenbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barrracuda (37) - AUSTRIA - FEB 8, 2016
Intense very stable head, light orangey amber. Intense brettanomyces, horse, fruity extremely complex. Extremely dry finish. Unique style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WingmanWillis (79) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle at home from Freshfields in Croydon. Pours hazy dark orange with impressive white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of orange peel, herbs and a little fink. Tastes of coriander, orange with a hint of funk. Really nice.

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