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

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RATINGS: 3962   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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4.5
   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Batavi (37) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2015
Uitgeschonken in Orval glas. Mooie licht mistig amberkleurig bier, met volle lichtbeige schuimkraag. Geur van grassige hop en citrusfruit. De smaak: zeer goede balans!, mooie bittere en droge tonen, smaken van grapefruit, vers brood, en groene kruiden als peterselie en selderij. Het mondgevoel geeft een perfecte carbonatie door met een droge en aangenaam bittere afdronk. De Orval is een uitstekend en uniek Trappistenbier, wat met vrijwel geen ander bier valt te vergelijken. Er is maar 1 soort Orval, maar het is het Trappisten logo zeer waardig. Ook zeer interessant om dit bier enkele jaren in de kelder te bewaren, benieuwd wat het met het smaakpallet en de bitterheid doet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blade86 (718) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
big and strong off-white foam, nice lacing, amber, clear; fruity, yeasty, barnyard and acidic aroma; medium bitterness, lightly sweet and sour; medium body, tart, crisp, lively carbonation, long very dry finish; Overall: a great one, high drinkability, great aroma, perfect look, tasty

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lmastr (23) - Norma, ITALY - MAR 1, 2015
One of a kind. Appears amber/red with a foamy, almost endless head. Retains an olive kind of bitterness, thanks to its hops and its yeast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1976) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
330ml bottle, from Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Nice and fresh, only a couple of months old so much less of the bitterness I remember from my last bottle. Pours hazy amber with medium white head. Nice sweet hoppy aroma. Taste is fresh, hoppy, sweet, with light saison-esque spice and ultra high carbonation. Refreshing and hugely enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (503) - Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Hazy copper with debris and enormous off white head. Aroma of fermented fruit funk. Light slightly sweet malt taste, some citrus bitter. Herbal spice funk brett in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cnesta (7) - grand prairie, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
It smells amazingly fruity. Definitely dry and leaves a bitter taste that I can't describe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rgf001 (163) - München, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2015
Bottled 19-Oct-2011, aged at room temperature (20C) and drank 28-Feb-2015. Great head but it did not remain for long. Persistent high Aromas of sherry, aged alcohol, aged plums, figs, old hops. No malt aroma detected. Flavors of leather, earth. Low bready, biscuity malt flavor. Alcohol taste is smooth, aged. Acidity is low to medium, not lactic or acetic, but like a good wine. Mouthfeel is medium thin, with good carbonation; little warming alcohol. No astringency. Aftertaste is short, pleasant and dry. A bit odd but I did not pick brett in the aroma as I expected.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werthergoethe (38) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 26, 2015
Хорошее, освежаю& пиво. .

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lux_edwards (160) - - FEB 24, 2015
For me this is the perfect beer. Golden amber beer with a creamy head that lasts and lasts. The aroma is citrus and hoppy. The taste is slightly bitter but the palate is perfect and well balanced. I love this beer!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omanson (37) - - FEB 24, 2015
Bière complexe, nez sur une torréfaction , robe orange , une trappiste commune je trouve , dommage je l’ai bue un poil chaude.


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