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

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RATINGS: 3881   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%


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Orange color with a thin head. Hoppy and dry. I think I taste a little alcohol too which is odd for only a 6.2 ABV. Good overall brew but I prefer Chimay Blue (when I canít get a Westy of course).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2006
orange colored pour. the last of the trappist that i have yet to try. rich hoppy and malty, with a slightly sour finish that was not in any way upleasant to me. a really good highly drinkable ale, something that i would love to drink, except a single cost almost 6 usd.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle: Maybe just my bottle, or my storing method, but it poured pure head, nothing but foam, a little diaappointing for such a well liked-known beer. The aroma is quite nice. Rather sweet, the aromas included honey, grass, yeast, cinnamon/nutmeg, bannana, wheat, etc. Different tasting than I was expecting as well. It was not nearly as complex as the aroma. Kind of doughy in taste. A bitter bite to finish gave it a nice palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
Amber colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Heavy fruity and malty aroma. Great taste of fruit. Good lacing. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gr0ve (2155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 330 ml bottle. Huge white head. A white layer of foam stays with you all the way through to the bottom of the glass. Well carbonated. Aroma is of spicy and earthy hops, clearly dry-hopped ones. This beer is something of its own. Some malt sweetness hides behind the hops, but it is the crisp hops that dominate throughout. Dry aftertaste. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. A classic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
330mL: Pours a cloudy medium brown/red color. Big white head, good sized bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit(plum?) , hops, sweet. Fizzy, floral taste, slightly alcoholy. Smooth taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Caramel, fruit and hops on the nose. You can keep smelling just to enjoy. Pours a beautiful cloudy dark golden color with a head to be proud of. Flavor loses me a little. A lack of balance and the dryness is a little overdone. It stays on the palate and is actually better in the back of mouth than on the front. Still a classic that all should try.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Cool bottle. Got this one íon saleí at Reubens. Maybe that should have been my clue. Huge huge head. Caramel coated grapefruit sparkling wine thing caught me completely off gaurd. Bazooka bubble-gum dew-berry perfumed toilet paper breath had me scratching my head. Iíll give it another try only because of itís generally high mass appeal. Only this time Iíll wait until itís appropriately overpriced.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours with a very frothy head. Very cloudy - a dark tan color. Aroma is very "medicinal" - smell like a doctors office. The taste is no less promising. A cough syrup-like taste overwhelms the tongue and finishing with a bitter and strong aftertaste that just wonít go away. Not one of my favorites.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3818) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Bottle at Novotel, Gent. This time I like the bitterness much better. Bottle, at home. Dark orange with large white head, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Itís to bitter, absolutely not my favourite abbey ale. 7-4-5-3-13/3,2.


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