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

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RATINGS: 4103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 A very special Trappistbeer, one of his kind due to the special fermentation process. The evaluation when the beer is getting older. I like the beer the most 9 months after filling. A beautiful aroma and a sensational dry mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
sampled at columbus alefest. very effervescent (sp?), almost champagne like. plae yellowish tan, cloudy. flavor of spice and fruity esters, not much bitterness. smooth flavor and very bubbley mouthfeel. good trappist, but i like the others better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle 52F, Trappist Glass. Bananas, bananas, bananas, lost of fruity esters present in the nose, which was fairly light but again quite filled with bananas. LIght cloudy color, actually supprised me by its light color, with a light and very fluffy head with great lacing. A very light sweet initial taste to compliment the bananas, a bit llike a bannana split, plenty of vanilla, a bit of woodiness, some light chocolate notes, starts sweet and finised fairly dry, with some nice spicyness as well. A medium palate with great carbonation. Nice brew, quite different from what I was expecting, very estery quite good and very unique.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
Massive, dense off white head. Very fizzy. Tastes very fruity. Medium acidity and bitterness. good beers overall, a little dry for me though. I would probably have this again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
Drank at "Bieres et compagnie/, from the bottle. Oragne color with a thin fizzy white head. Taste of herbs and other floral flavor. Citrus and some spices (pepper). Dry and light finish but only makes want to have another one!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Served in my Orval glass. Copper orange with a fizzy white head. Some Belgian lace as expected. The aroma gives of lemon-lime, dust, dish soap, and some heavy floral notes. Lots of brett character. Too much in my mind. The carbonation is very aggresive. Very dry. Iíve had bottles of Orval that Iíve really enjoyed, but this particular bottle isnít doing it for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2006
A beautiful nose - reminds me of flowers and a summer day. Champagne-like bubbles and a crisp palate with an outstanding head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Very smooth, complex yet mild flavor. Cloudy appearance. Carbonation is medium-low and never overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Cloudy, amber-orangish brew. Huge frothy off-white head. Very strong floral-tart aroma. Very smooth, grapefruit-sweet, gentle warming, with notes of pepper. Very light.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled: 01/31/2006. Cloudy golden-orange appearance; off-white head with good retention and beautiful lacing. Pleasant, sour nose, showing belgian sugar and floral hops. Iíd almost guess this was from Fantome... Pleasant carbonation, tartness; malty background, suggesting mint and spice (pepper); light-to-medium finish.


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