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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonBlok (287) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: hazy orangy golden with big white head. Aroma is funky with a tart note, typical for lambic, floral notes, light malts. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness and slightly acidic. Caramel, grapes, spice, mint. Finish is long and quite floral. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
copestx (103) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2016
The gold standard. What’s left to say? Perfect hoppy/funk balance. And only gets better up to 2-3 years, where the funk takes on more complex sour characteristics and the bitterness fades away. Having tried all the way up to 5 years old, there is a noticeable drop-off after 3 years (IMO), with 2 years seeming to be the magic number. Love this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carlorox (13) - siena, ITALY - SEP 3, 2016
A mio parere è una birra dalla personalità spiccata e sicuramente con un sapore poco comune e riconoscibile. Non è però granché complessa e si scopre un po’ troppo velocemente. Inoltre la persistenza del gusto amaro risulta troppo insistente per i miei gusti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaserov (181) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 3, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2016 Un clasicazo. Color ambar con capa de espuma blanca de más de dos dedos de grosor. Varía mucho dependiendo del tiempo que haya pasado desde su fecha de embotellado. He probado distintas Orval de distintas fechas y la diferencia es más que notable. Si está cerca del embotellado suele ser más lupulada, tanto en aroma como en sabor, con menos restos en la botella y con un carácter más acido y muy seco, que recuerda al champán o la sidra. Si ha pasado más tiempo, esa acidez se va matizando y convirtiéndose en dulzor y los restos en el interior de la botella son más notables. Según un experto en Orval, cuando han pasado dos años de la fecha de caducidad es cuando mejor está. No creo que vaya a tener la posibilidad de comprobarlo, pero de todas formas es un gusto tomarse esta cerveza en cualquier momento haya pasado el tiempo que haya pasado desde su embotellado. Si tuviera que poner alguna pega diría que es una cerveza demasiado carbonatada. En boca es efervescente, como si en vez de estar saboreando líquido se estuvieran saboreando burbujas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksiwzos (123) - GREECE - SEP 3, 2016
Aroma of caramel, strong brett aroma, leather, earthy mustyness, some medicinal notes, sweet cereal aroma. Complex and quite intense! Amber to dark amber quite cloudy, medium to large sized head that stays put forever. Taste is quite balance with tart, sweet, hoppy, astringent with bitterness being quite strong. Amazing balance.Astringent and medicinal notes are present but not in a negative way, earthy hoppiness, tartness and quite bitter. Salinity and caramel is quite strong too. Medium body, medium to high bitterness. Fresh is so tasty but I still remember the taste of a 5 years old Orval with tartness and amazing funkiness....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasEK (24) - - SEP 3, 2016
Helt unik. Smager lidt hen ad noget vildgæret. Mørk gylden med tæt sprudlende skum.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathanvc (224) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2016
Pours cloudy orange/dark amber with a big foamy, long lasting white head. Complex aroma of hops, malts, fruits, spices, yeast, citrus and barnyard. It tastes heavy bitter but balanced by a medium sweetness, leading to a long, dry, light sour, bitter and "bready" finish. Creamy texture, soft carbonation. Unique, very well balanced, but not the best Trappist for me, due to the hoppy flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maracuja05 (565) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
[backlog] 24-01-16 / bottle at Le Saint-Loup, namur, Belgium. My favourite belgian trappistes. Nice hop aroma. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating 3.75/5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeroen78 (5) - - SEP 3, 2016 does not count
If I had to choose to drink one beer forever orval would be the one. Verry impressive how it developes in two years from pale ale to sour to complex brew. The best

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
humpah (131) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2016
0,33l bottle from Firmabier. Pours light brownish colour with a lot of head. Aroma has yeast, fruitiness, lighty tartness, hops, floral, some spices maybe. A bit bitter, lively carbonation, medium body.

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