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

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RATINGS: 3801   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%


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Wow, cirtus yumminess. It’s like an orange explosion in my mouth. Not the best of the trappists, but pretty damn solid.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Large frothy head with a dark amber colored body. Pretty weak aroma, but it does smell a bit like a flower. Has an amazing flavor of oranges and is very well balanced with a great sourness and spicyness that makes it very tangy. Feels wonderful in the mouth and goes down very smooth. One of a kind beer and highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2005 Poured from a bottle to a mug produced a nice, thick foamy head. Piquant aromas not unlike honey mustard with a hint of dried fruit. Dryer than I expected with large orangey, hoppy finish. Almost medicinal. "Drink 2 Orval and call me in the morning." Not quite what I imagined but still a world class beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (13745) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Bottle. Had this a couple of years ago before I joined this site and didn’t think that much of it. So I was a bit prejudiced coming to rate it here. Cloudy orange colour with thin disappearing white head. Aroma is of sour oranges, and caramel and hop. Enticing. Faint rubber tones. Palate again is sour with orange/ tangerine but good and balanced. Finish is citric dry and quite aggresively hoppy with more orange. Anyway this changed my mind about this beer as you can tell from the score I gave it. Funny how your palate alters as you try more and different beers 4.3/5. Re-rate again at 4.5. This just gets better every time.4.6 OK, so this is just such a surprise every time I have it. A September 08 bottle in Feb 09. Best aroma and flavour. Re-rate 18 Jan 2013 Bottle from June 2012. Wow, just the flavour of orange and tangerine, the mouthfeel, the bitterness. I can’t think of a better beer right now.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
I’ve heard so much about Orval, so the anticipation was built up when I finally enjoyed this. Amazing appearance. Cloudy dark orange/amber body with a enormous fluffy off-white head. Nice lacing with some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very unique. Perfumey/flowery with some awkward earth notes. Start of this was very tangy and bitter. Became much more appealing after the beer warmed a little. Sweet malty taste. Smooth/medium mouthfeel. NIce warm finish. There was some funkyness that threw me off, but otherwise very good Belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Rich aroma of bananas, pear, fruit and spice. The taste is similar initially, but with a a nice hop kick not present in many belgians. Not being a great fan of belgians (and a hop head to boot) this was a nice surprise. However, the finish was a little thin and watery. I’m hoping my next try will be better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2005
a beautiful bronze-orange appearance with that typical lush belgian head, hoppy with a citrus tinge, and heavenly with a great cheese.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Cloudy bronze. Giant, sponge-like head off white in color. Yeasty, sugar, a touch of sourness- smells half way between a gueze and a belgian strong. Barn, yeast, some sweetness, hops, and just enough malt. Medium body, dry finish. Excellent brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (1964) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with an off-white head. Sweetish hoppy aroma with fruity notes - especially notes of apple. Flavour is hoppy, citrusy and perfumy - the last of which I find a bit annoying. Notes of yeast and I think I caught a single whiff of tangerine, but I’m not sure :-). Finish is bitter and dryish with notes of alcohol. A bit too much carbonation. Makes me think of a mix of an IPA and a weizen.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Young beer bottled on 27/01/05, orange-amber hue, with a big frothy white head, with yeasty, piney, leafy, floral hops, even note of cedary and maybe a minty aroma also, on a medium-bodied dry palate with a yeasty, leafy,a very dry bittering hops, piney, leading towards a deep hop bitterness and a quite dry finish. One of a kind of beer, with his unique goût d’orval!


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