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


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RATINGS: 4071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%

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   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (784) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2015
How : can Appearance : hazy orange, small white head. Aroma : citrus, floral, herbs, sprouce, spice. Palate : medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
funcut (396) - SIBENIK, CROATIA - JUL 6, 2015
Hvala mom prijatelju Furi na ovom vrhunskom pivu ..fenomenalan okus ..osjeti se kvaliteta , jakost , okus ..sve je super ..zanimljiva boca i etiketa ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atrox (450) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Orange colour; white, fluffy head with lacing. Bretts, barnyard, some herbs and fruits in aroma. Dry taste, herbal bitterness, bretts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (193) - HONG KONG - JUL 2, 2015
This beer needs to age. This is just a 2014 bottle and it isn’t tasty as it could be. Still pours amber with a huge head. Yeasts are alive and you can see a carbonation twister spinning from the bottom of the glass. Fruity aroma, taste of malts, but not too complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurbDog (8) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
Fluffy white persistent head. Hazy copper colour. Brett, barnyard, hay. Dry. Pear, apple, acidic, Brett. High carbonation, prickly, effervescent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (195) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma: leather, hay, grass, Appearance: clear light amber, off-white head Taste: umm - medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, Bueno excellente

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pumpkin87 (118) - - JUN 27, 2015
Very cloudy amber with huge off-white head that reduces steadily but leaves persistent skim. Aroma of a sour, with green apple, stone fruit and funk. If chilled, let it warm closer to room temperature to open up. Even so, the upfront taste of this nine-month old bottling is must and heavy aromatics tending toward camphor, as though it were poured from a not particularly well-sealed cedar chest. Some pear notes find there way through, and plentiful carbonation provides a satisfying mouth feel and attractively dry finish. But even with aeration, this lacks the complex flavor profile of many other Trappist ales. I’m going to try again with a bottle aged longer, because this one was disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (177) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
Amberish color with huge head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of yeast and bread and floral with bit of toasty taste to it. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you’d expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (290) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2015
From a bottle at Franklin's Bar at the Delano in Las Vegas. Pours a dark copper and makes a Belgian thick head with a lot of lacing. Aroma is of yeast and bread and plums. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you'd expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness. You want to savor Orval slowly and don't drink it too cold, the flavored will come alive as it warms up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dodskenta (75) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2015
Vintage 2012 bottle. Beautiful clear ambee hue with a long lasting film of head. Nose is packed with brett, sweet malts, raisins, lots of figs, yeasts, grassy hops. Flavour is raisins, brett, spices, grassy, bitter hops. Big carbonation and dry finish. Full bodied with a chewy texture.

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