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

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RATINGS: 4007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6506) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Dark medium orange haze....yeast,marshmellow,strange banannas,wine,honey smell...pours with nice head...bitter! shocking first sip...damn delicous!!! has a nice bullseye of bubbbles...like a toned down flem...clean and crisp yet sweet and sour..i really liked it....really different and unique!


rerate about 1 month later..4 fun of course......great head as usual...and same ole smell...wow, this batch is pretty damn bitter, and kinda sour...a nice honey sweey equal backbone...still top quality!!...very tasty but man, this is a a sour batch, real bitter too but not like an ipa bitter..just ...ya....as always has that beutiful full mouth dancing-on-tongue fizziness..the perfect definition of "theres a party in my mouth and everyones invited" kind of a thing...real mellow delicous finish....hey,even nate dog liked this puppy, but ms.coop’s eyes bulged out when she took a sip, its a powerful drink, yes sir! scores re-averaged...

may18 2009.. wow,i love this brew.. bottled dated mid 2008... ..aroma is wonderful, dry bretty aromas... very clean, smooth, intensily complex... this Brett guy is my BFF!!! scores changed accordingly!


one of the worlds most well made and enjoyably different brews!!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Banana yeast aroma, orange body with a thick whipped cream head. Bitterness, pepper spice, caramel malt and wheat flavors all present. However, with all the flavor Orval was giving up the body itself was weaker than expected. I’ll save my Belgian returnable "bowling pin" bottle to use in the homebrewery. Next time I’m jonesing for a native Belgian Ale I’ll skip the more expensive Orval for a Chimay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Beautiful hazy orange pour with a large white head. Yeasty spicy Belgian nose. Not my favorite Trappist ... a bit too dry, a bit too woody / cedary and spicy / peppery for me. Makes an interesting

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Slightly hazy dirty orange colored body with a pillowy white head. Yeasty Belgian aroma of malt with some light spice and fruity apple. Dry start that finishes with some tartness. Highly carbonated spritzy mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2006
hoppy, light and fruity..this is a belge for the summer! has been summed up well by others..a unique, complex taste. definately a belge i will go back to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2404) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Hazy dark orange with a decent whitish head. Bit of yeast in the aroma along with primarily an orange woody aroma. I didn’t notice a sharp or sour taste. Mine was on the mellow side. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of hops at the end and a very neutral finish. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nrdoughty (3) - London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2006 does not count
Massive long-lasting head, colour ranging from light and cloudy in the bottom to dark amber in the top of the glass. Smerlls of fruit - raspberry, cinnamon and honey - christmas spices. The initial taste was suprisingly sour. With a bit of air after 3 to 4 minutes of pouring the sourness dissipated leaving a sharpish taste with a hint of wheat in the aftertaste. The bottle itself was brown glass in a curved style reminiscent of the blue Tynant water bottles. The beer becomes fuller-tasting with more of a cherry hint after warming a few degrees. The foam is the best part of this beer. You could eat it with a spoon!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (714) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Perfect amber color with small chunks of yeast floating around. Massive foamy head that looks like whipped egg whites. Smooth mild malts and bready yeastiness to begin followed by a dry peppery finish. Behind all of this there seems to be some caramel syrup and hints of fruitiness. I enjoyed the complexity and depth of flavor, which seemed to change as I got further into the glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7310) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 6.9% ABV. Hazy light amber color with white whipped cream head. Strong classic Orval aroma of mostly malts then spice and hops. The taste is really nice. I get a complex mix of malt flavors accented with some spice and hops. I can’t place which spice. High carbonation. The taste ended with a really pleasant light malty aftertaste. I remember this being a tasty beer last time I tried it 15 yrs ago. Yumm. It tastes excellent now.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I drank a one month old bottle. At first when I poured it and sampled it, I thought it was garbage. What I find with most Belgians is you have to let them sit for awhile and get warmed up. After a few minutes the aroma and flavor changed alot. It had a dry, hoppy smell with light notes of tart fruit. This reddish golden pour had a big white frothy head. It was light and hoppy with alot of complex notes. Later I sensed apple and cinnammon. It was almost burning, that is how spicy the cinnammon tasted. Very smooth and dry.


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