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

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RATINGS: 3748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cargo150 (539) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Couleur ambrée orangés avec une mince mousse blanche. Au nez un liquide complexe laissant ressortir des levures belges, des fruits et des épices. En bouche levure belge, agrumes, épices, un petit coté sauvage ressort ce qui n’est pas désagréable. Un petit coté metallique aussi ressort ce qui enleve quelques points. Un liquide qui se boit très bien. Corps moyen et Carbonation moyenne.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (605) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 27, 2014
Color: clear dark amber beer with small carbonation and high ivory foam. Smell: sweet candy notes, with brown sugar notes. Sour notes and nice malt presence. Taste: nice sour sweet taste. Brown sugar and candy presence. Good equilibrium! Nice beer but not easy drinkable. The complexity of sour sweet taste can be difficult to drink. Aftertaste: nice balance of malt and sour notes. Really amazing beer !!!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
klippx (29) - Solna, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2014
Yeasty smell. Pours a massive foam. Settles to a muddy amber color. Strange sour feel on the tongue. Pine taste, hints of honey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (233) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 20/7-14. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Aroma: Yeast, fruity, clove. Taste: Yeast, fruity, touch of clove(?). Body is medium, the finish is very dry and rather bitter with notes of spices (touch of clove and cinnamon?).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (242) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Aged bottle (2010) @ Kulmimator, Antwerp. Amber colour, just a little hazy (no particles), big off-white head. Taste and nose became rounded and soft, very much down on sourness (which I don’t particularly like in the regular Orval), with a more earthy, spicy flavour emerging next to caramel sweet malty groundtones. Low carbonated, good body (a bit watery), soft mouthfeel. Not on my toplist but an interesting taste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (129) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a wonderful light amber colour with a perfectly foamy and voluminous off white head which lasts the entirety of the drink. Aroma is somewhat subdued but faintly aromatic; the taste however is a perfect balance of flowery hops and candy sugar sweetness. A very good and unique Trappist.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
manolomoris (12) - - JUL 19, 2014
Precioso color y espuma, maltosa pero amarga y con un ligero dulzor que no se empalagoso como en otras belgas.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentL (273) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Gros col, orange brumeux, sens le printemps (herbe mouillé), gout un peu sucrer et amer et pamplemousse mais pas du tout dans les extreme d’une ipa, un peu sec. Bien équilibré.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brian83 (4) - sqGat, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
És una bona cervesa, tot i així, de les trapenses és una de les més fluiexes en quant a sabors.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KamGoPro (65) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Wonderful Leafy aroma, dark orange pour. Great balance of dry citrus and leafy hops! Refreshing with zest and bold flavor


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