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

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RATINGS: 4280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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%


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2608) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle. A very complexly aromatic Belgian ale (no surprise there). If given the time one could pick out numerous bold and faint notes. The malt has a grainy/nutty/milk chocolate smell to it. And the hops smells of herbs, grass and citrus. There was a soapy yeast smell and light hints of banana, mace, alcohol and a slight mustiness which keeps it from being a ten on the aroma scale in my book. It has an off white, fizzy head with good lacing and is fully lasting. Color is a murky red/brown. Taste could be a bit more complex though. It starts off lightly bitter and finishes on a heavy acidic/bitter note. It has a medium body, a dry texture and the carbonation is a bit too fizzy. It all finishes with a moderate astringent feel. Not my favorite Belgian but the fantastic aroma will have me buying more of these.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 14, 2007
pours golden with thick fizzy head with big bubbles. aroma is green apples, citrus, cloves, and herbal tones. taste starts off tangy sour apple turning to citrus hop. the middle developes a biscuit malt character but fades quickly into moderate dry citrus bitterness. a little fizzy and thin but surprisingly still fairly fresh hop character after 9 months. would like to have a fresher example.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle @ Left Bank, Buffalo NY. Poured into Orval glass. Nice head Clody orange color. Earthy & almost slight medicinal taste. Smooth & enjoyable

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
This is a great beer! Nice and dirty with a big fluffy head. The aroma is citrus, hops funk, grass and grapes. Very complex! Itís dry and almost dusty with notes of lime and hops dominating. The moist basement funkyness is evident. The finish is dry with hops and a nice sourness. Itís very close to being perfect.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2007
One of the best Belgian Ales in the world! Pours a murky orange/brown. The beer was covered by a fluffy cloud-like head. The flavor was similar to citrus fruits and was followed by a clean and zesty finish. A very approachable beer for any type of drinker. Very well balanced. A world-class beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcbť (86) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
Hazy honey color, white foamy head and long lasting carbonation. Very complex aroma of apricot, yeast, cookie, wilds flowers and bubble gum. Very refreshing taste due to the intense carbonation, the grapefruit-like bitterness and the strong acidity. Salty notes. The hoppy taste merge it all together. Wonderfull. One of the best Iíve tasted.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brix (648) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Tasted 2007-03-10. 6 months old bottle. Cloudy orange colour with a head that lasted all way to the end. Very fruity with notes of barnyard. A well rounded beer. --- Rerate: 2007-07-20. Had it fresh at a restaurant in Belgium. So much better fresh. More taste and body. Less sourness. More yest and hops! --- Rerate: 2010-12-14. This has become one of my favorite every-day-beers. As I really canít think of a way this could be any better, I push the score to the max now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Served too cold, and I didnít give the proper amount of time to warm. This could be served slightly cooler than room temp. This beer is a classic. Perfectly carbonated with high acidity and sourness. An unreal mix of multiple flaors and aromas blended well together.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hamirubi (541) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2007
A dark trappist beer I like to drink when it the drink is a bit too warm. It gives an even more mature taste to it and the flavor really is pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Had this a few years back, got me pretty buzzed quickly, and had to slow down, beer got warm and the taste got a bit funky, but other than that it is an above avrage beer,


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