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


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RATINGS: 4326   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
konungen (462) - - SEP 28, 2016
Fantastiskt god och smakrik öl. Massa doft och smak! Sötma, citrus, torkad frukt, jäst, lite sur nästan, lätt beska. Mycket bra! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
datrael (222) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Aromat kwiatowy, owocowy, estrowy, fenolowy, bogaty i przyjemny. W wyglądzie miedziane, mętne, z obfitą kremową pianą. W smaku suszone owoce i owoce świeże - winogrona, śliwki, figi, rodzynki. Piwo dość pijalne, lekkie, bardzo smukłe i aksamitne, delikatne, a mimo to lekko rozgrzewające. Pozostawia lekką goryczkę. Można powiedzieć, że taka esencja belgijskich piw - ma w sobie lekkość saisona, mimo tego jest bogate w smaku i aromacie, niczym tripel lub abt. Są tu estry i fenole, jest też owocowość i lekka kwaskowatość lambic-ów i kwasów. Czuć tu też rękę trapistów, piwo jest dopieszczone, perfekcyjnie ułożone i bogate w doznania. Z jednej strony gasi pragnienie, ale da też się wypić w chłodny jesienny wieczór jak dziś w celu degustacji. Pyszne piwo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobarts (76) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle. Hazy amber with big white lasting head. Aroma is fruity, citrus, and some bread, yeast and spices. Taste is malty, with some hoppy and medium ending bitterness. The body is oily/waterish which i think suits this beer. A different and great experience in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (96) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2016
From 330ml bottle. Pours hazy Amber with white head that stays. Smells a little yeasty and banana. Dry, slightly sour, hoppy, herbal. Slight bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (907) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2016
Flaska från SB. ljust gul med massa smutsvitt skum. Tydlig funk och humle i doften med stall, läder och citrus. Lätt och bra munkänsla, smak av citrus, lite skumbanan och brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martythesmarty (98) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber with thick white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of strawberries, honey and flowers. Taste is rich with notes of strawberries.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoofproofTom (8) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2016 does not count
Smells funky, fruity and lightly sour. Also tones of herbs and spices in the smell. Light brown and somewhat clear. Head is white but disappears quickly. Taste is Brett, sour, dry, fruity. Somewhat dry and bitter tones join in after a sip. Aftertaste is quite neutral, and slightly dry. Quite carbonated with a oily body. Overall a unique and interesting Belgian Ale, and one of the best Trappist beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Szopeen (324) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Złocista barwa, piwo bardzo się spieniło, trochę za bardzo, piana drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko dziurawiąca się. Niezły aromat, banan, guma balonowa. W smaku wytrawne, trochę fenolowe, lekko pustawe, goryczka średnio niska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (687) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
The Best Belgian Ale. 07/2015. Gut ein Jahr alt ist das Bier fast unwiderstehlich lecker. Extrem andersartig kräuterig, spritzig und tripelig geht’s zur Sache. Kraftvoll und erhaben. Mehr später....🙂. 0,33/40DKK in der Klosterkaelderen, Roskilde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukka19 (746) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark orange cloudy color, thick white head. Aroma is funky, bretty, lot of fruits, oranges, zest, spices, floral notes. Taste is solid malty, bretty, oranges, spices, zest, funky notes. Decent hoppy, dry finish, very good balanced

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