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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4300   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Pours golden-orange, enormous head, amazing retention. The side of the glass is decorated with tiny bubbles that move toward the top, and make me feel like I’m watching the opening to the Matrix. Aroma is of noble hops, and slightly yeasty. Carbonation is lively and flavor complex. Lots of citrus, some hop bitterness. Initial sweetness, but never cloying. Finishes long and dry with some more notes of pepper and earthiness. The guy at the store looked at me funny when I bought this, as though he wasn’t sure what exactly it was. This, I should have said to him, is beer. - Note. Seems much less impressive upon re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brstp (201) - - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Sour fruit aroma, banana, interesting neon-ish orange color, big white head that looked like it would hang around but left tiny little lacings and was gone within a couple minutes. Taste is floral, some alcohol, lavender, dry, relatively simple. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2007
Quite good. The aroma of fruit dominates and matches the coloration well. It has a huge white head that hangs around for a few minutes. IJ love the trappist ales, and this one is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
The color was a light peachy brown. The head was very thick, creamy, and off white. The head laced the glass very well. The aroma was earthy, yeasty, and a little tart smelling. The flavor was very dry, slightly earthy, and a little waxy/bitter. The palate was thin/med bodied and slightly carbonated. The finish was warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick creamy off white head that leaves a thick lace. The aroma is lightly sweet, definite fruit and spice, and after half a glass gone and a swirl some very sweet bubblegum hints. There was much less going on in the flavor than I expected. Very light alcohol, definitely dry hopped, some spice, and some Belgian earthiness. The palate was fairly full and dry. The finish has a bitter edge to it coming from the hops and features a slight warmth. Overall, I was very disappointed in this Trappist. The flavor was not nearly as complex or pronounced as I expected and the dry hopping threw me off, but I am biased against hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Astonishingly floral Belgian superbeer. We loved this beer and have always. Deep orange and golden gem with a three-fingered head that lasted nicely through the tasting from bottle. Architecturally sound Trappist ale for enthusiasts of great worldly brews! OMG!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 31, 2007
340 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a fruity noise - excellent head. Very dry, fruity body with a clean finish. Beautifully balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
pours a murky gold. the aroma is awesome. it at firsts smells like a lager or pilsner style beer, but further wiffs uncover the belgian banana smell. taste is floral and smooth. nice carbonation. even taste some hops in there. complex and refreshing. the best belgian i have had yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - MAR 28, 2007
Very strong flowery aromas, I almost want to say I smelled lavandar. A little too dry for my liking and not as complex as some of the other trappists.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Heavy pouring amber with quite a bit of visible debris floating throughout. Leaned toward an abby tripple in flavor. Interesting taste but not the smoothest palate.

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