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

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RATINGS: 3737   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%


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Earthy funk yeast aroma. Massive amount of thick white head with excellent lacing, even in a non trappist glass. Golden amber with lots of champaigne bubbles. Perfect presentation. Subtle but complex flavors. Nothing really jumps out at you, but it is not watery either. Some citrusy hops, but mostly sour beginning and end. Nice mouthfeel, the lively carbonation combined with the sourness leaves the perfect feeling on the tongue. Not too experienced with Trappist Ales, but a fine brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for bringing this one over. Out of a bottle, talk about capping a beer, a huge white head floats on top of a murky brownish red body. Yeast resonates along with the hops with variations of sour apples. Flavor strongly resembled the nose with the sour appleness most noticeable. An easy drinker that seemed highly carbonated. All around I liked it and would like to try it again. Thanks again rich for the beer and helping my memory.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
lots of yeast in the nose, along with sour apples, and grassy hops, almost giving a vinegar type scent tot he cloudy caramel colored body with a HUGE fizzy white head that held on for almost the whole glass. flavor has a light acidic character, kind of what a flemish sour ale might taste like if it were watered down, but a little bit sweeter from some malts. the sour apple taste is back from the nose, as well as some banana and yeast. very thin and easy to drink as far as the body goes, tingly in they mouth due to the high carbonation, and a nice sweet finish cap this off as an interesting change up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Itís got all those wonderful rotten fruit smells that typically come along with a belgian. A little bit of a bland flavor compared to what I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5950) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Bottle. Pours a murky dark copper with a huge, long lasting off-white head. Aroma is complex, thereís sweet malt, grape, pear, wine, banana and more. Taste follows the scent and is lightly sweet and acidic. I was surprised by the amount of carbonation present. One of my favourite readily available Belgians.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice belgian aroma of yeast, bananas, pears, citrus peel and herbal notes. Lively carbonation. Yeasty and delicious. I have no idea why I didnít try this before! A top beer for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Light bodied. Citrus comes through, and it has a lot of carbonation. I was somewhat disappointed considering this brews reputation. Iíll try it again, and hopefully Iíll be more impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Very Belgian banana in the nose with some perfumy hops. Golden amber in color with a big, pillowy head. Very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of bubblegum, some citric hops, with a medium body. Very dry in character. Itís decent, that is for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 (Bottled 7-10-2004, 6.8% ABV, and a follow-up, bottled 4-1-2005, hence the updated rating.)

A beautiful semi-hazy copper color with a thick, tall, frothy and dense head. Looks majestic in the trappist glass. Aroma is yeast, cloves and pepper. Numerous farmhouse characteristics with some accents of chicken feed. Flavor is pepper, cloves and bitter hops, giving a dramatic introduction into the realm of Orval. Cuttingly crisp. Stingingly herbal, like taking a chomp out of suspended hairspray. Pervasive, aggressive body that counters a what normally would be a thin viscosity. Alive, and hard to assess individual elements, suffice to say itís harmonious. Finish is ringing and singing with crispness. Lovely musky aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertjm (759) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 9, 2005
I just donít get it. Every time I try this beer it underwhelms me. Beautiful heavy head which collapses in a matter of a few minutes. Kinda dark golden/amber color. Raisinny taste, though not very powerful. Doesnít taste alcoholy. It doesnít make me say, "WOW!!" which is what Iíd expect from the reputation. Will I try it again? Sure, about the time I forget how much it underwhelmed me the last time. :-( Iíd rather drink Chimay!!


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