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


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RATINGS: 3981   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jahe (78) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle pours dark amber, hazy, with a very big white head. Fudge, mixed sweets jeasty aroma. Dry medium body with a bitterness on the end

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (214) - ITALY - MAR 26, 2015
Come ogni birra trappista la promessa è di essere una birra eccezzionale e l’Orval non delude. Il suo colore tendente al bruno e la sua abbondante schiuma invitano alla bevuta. Al naso si mescolano aromi animali, donati dalla rifermentazione con lieviti Brettanomices, a quelli di frutta sciroppata. In bocca si spalanca una girandola di sensazioni che vanno dal vinoso alla frutta sotto spirito, passando per note lievemente tostate ad acide. L’equilibrio tra le componeneti è incredibile, il corpo è medio e c’è una leggera secchezza che non toglie niente alla rotondità della birra ma aggiunge una nota di pulizia prima del bel finale. Carbonazione media ma adeguata. Una birra da invecchiamento e comparazione. Una birra imperdibile.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
caribou43 (27) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 24, 2015
C’est une grande classique. Elle se marie à la perfection avec du foie gras ou de la bonne charcuterie. Il faudrait que je la reboive pour décrire les goûts, néanmoins ce n’est que du bonheur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DulleGriet (1) - - MAR 23, 2015 does not count
Orval is een bier die zich niet zomaar aan je openbaart. Bij de eerste kennismaking kan je lichtelijk teleurgesteld zijn. Echter de heerlijke afdronk en nasmaak schudden je langzaam wakker. Als je dan weer in de gelegenheid bent om er eentje te nemen, ga je hem steeds meer waarderen. Super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (185) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2015
0,33 l bottle from EDEKA Mohr, bottled on 18/2/2014 (so just over a year old). Clear, amber with a large, foamy, slowly diminishing, tan to white head. Lovely and intense aroma of white grapes, fermented apples, gooseberries and citrus with gentle but not unpleasant medicinal notes. Nice, sourish taste of fermented apples, citrus, white grapes and hints of candy sugar, followed by a long, medium bitter and very dry finish. Medium body, creamy and at the same time spritzy mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very special but also very good. The acidity still leaves some space for a balancing fruitiness in the aroma and a gentle bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinBeer (6) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015 does not count
Mild taste with hints of caramel. Old dryhopped. Grassy/hay type. Good foam with hazy orange colour. Good carbonation and present but not strong after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TychoJames (336) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
Flaska Bishops örebro. Gulaktig kulör med stort vitt skun. Frisk doft av söta äpplen och stall. Smaken drar åt fuktig jordkällare med äpple, hö och örter. Välkolsyrad och frisk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
23Skidoo (8) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015 does not count
Orval is absolutely stunning. If I had to pick a single beer to drink every day until I die, I’d choose Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackradioboy (36) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Beautiful fresh, clean aroma. A delicate sweetness, with a hint of banana makes this an enjoyable beer. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
linusb (60) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2015
A: Perfume, raisins, apricot, "flowers" T: Perfume! :-S O: For me this is very strange. Far to much "artifical" flavour to me...

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