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


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RATINGS: 4279   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Noam. Bottled 12/5/12. Hazy orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, oranges, floral notes and some hops. Rather dry flavor with very light sweetish notes, a touch of malt, fruitiness, flowers, yeast, earth and a nice bitterness. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5
Re-rate 11/13: Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Bottled 3/14/02 (11 years old). Cloudy orange with a nice off-white head. Musty aroma of old horse blanket, barnyard and floral notes. Slightly sourish flavor, very dry, funky, bretty, with a bitter hint in the finish with a bit of cardboard. Medium-bodied. Nice and interesting. 8/4/7/3/15=3.7

Re-rate 4/1/12: Bottle shared at the 3rd Israeli Sour Tasting. (10 years old. Bottled on 3/14/02). Murky dark orange. Pleasant funky aroma with barnyard and lots of citrus. Sourish flavor with brett and a dry, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Past its prime, but still nice. 8/3/7/3/14=3.5

Re-rate 2/4/10: Bottle (almost 8 years old. Bottled on 3/14/02). Heavily carbonated clear orange to deep golden color with a fine huge white head. Big barnyard aroma with some perfumy and flowery notes, lemon, citron, grapefruit, apricot, green apple hints, some malt and some medicinal notes. Dry earthy flavor with a bit of background sweetness, citrus, some brett and a bone-dry finish, a bit acidic, with herbal notes. Smooth mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Good, complex and unique, but the yeast character seems to get a bit out of hand at this age. 8/5/7/4/15=3.9

Re-rate 12/26/09: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Bottled on 10/27/08. Cloudy orange with a huge rocky beige head. Perfumy aroma with honey, flowers, spicy hoppiness and funky notes. Flavor is sweetish and slightly bready-caramelly at first. Continues dry with citric bitterness, light tartness, fruits and a nice, lingering, hoppy finish. Silky mouthfeel. 8/4/8/4/16=4

Re-rate 3/8/08: Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke in Denderleeuw. Bottled on 2/24/05. Appears on the menu as "Orval Joost 35 Jaar" but I donít know what it means. Slightly hazy orange color with a big consistent white head. Aroma of fruits, some bretty funk and some hoppy notes. A completely dry flavor with lots of citrus (grapefruit, some orange peels), some wonderful bretty touches, a bit of spices and some hops. Medium-bodied. Wonderful. Not as good as the older bottles Iíve has but very close. 8/5/9/5/18=4.5

Re-rate 1/17/08: Bottle (almost 6 years old). Magnificent appearance of hazy orange color with a big and thick off-white head. A really bretty aroma with some barnyard, loads of citrus and some other fruits. Very dry flavor with a good dose of funky sourness as well as some fruitiness and some malt. A dry finish with some citric-lemon touches, a bit of spice, and (surprisingly at this age) some hops. Medium-bodied. Wow, very close to perfection. Funny how I gave this beer the same score now and when I was rather new to good beers. Iím almost tempted to open another bottle but I want to save the two bottles I still have in case the only store in Israel that still carries this (all bottles at this age by the way), doesnít have any more left. 10/5/9/5/19=4.8

Bottle (almost 5 years old). Dark cloudy orange with a medium head. A very complex perfumy aroma with malt, hops, citrus (a lot of orange). Flavor is unlike any beer iíve ever tasted - sweet, fruity, citrusy (orange and a bit of lemon), and a bit spicy. Finish is wonderful dry hop bitterness with a bit of sourness. A very pleasent mouthfeel. A full body. Amazing and unique. 10/5/9/5/19=4.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
11oz bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky off white head and cloudy gold color. Aroma is apple, cinnamon, spices, perfumy. Taste is peppermint, herbs, grain, dry, yeasty, perfumy. Interesting. Good effervescence. Nice for lots of herbal. Occasional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle from Dovetail. What can be said that hasnít been said before? Amber in colour with patchy, creamy off white head. Nice ornate lacing. Nose of classic Belgian hops and brown bread. Bitter hops, orange and cloves in the taste. Spicey finish. Medium bodied. Top beer for sure, but a little over-rated.
Bottle from Waitrose, aged almost 7 months now. Hazy amber with a creamy white head. Bretty, bready and hoppy with tangerine, aniseed and caramel hints. Some leatheryness in the nose. Wow, what a difference a bit of age makes, I seriously underated this! Canít wait to have a year and a half old one at DHVL in a few days.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 One of the best aromas in beer, perfume, flowers, intense. Large rocky head atop a bright orange effervescing body. Flavor: very dry (in fact too dry sometimes depending on the bottle). brett. Citric hops stand out (more kumquat/orange, less grapefruit/lemon). Yeast and horseblanket character seamlessly integrated. Dry finish. Classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerpirate (14) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Pours a clear amber. Large fothy, off-white head, mostly diminishing with good lacing. Some hops, nice balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Not my cup of tea or bottle of beer so to speak. fairly unbalanced, unpleasantly bitter, nothing of the typical Belgian mouthfeel yeastiness that I like. It seems to resemblel cough syrup, in flavor not in mouthfeel. It is actually fairly thin. Simon Cowell would call it dreadful, I call it a train wreck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
bottle, dated 13/10/05. Poured into an Orval chalice. Pours orange amber, with a frothy beige head that fills the glass perfectly. Beautiful sour aroma, with citrus, yeast, and hops. Very dry on the palate. Complex flavors; sweet malt and spice along with a sour yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2007
Bottled 30/08/2005, best before 30/08/2010. Appetizing, inviting nose, dry and aromatic. Dry flavor with some elegance. Not as big and powerful as I remember it to have been in the past, but quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bone dry. Funky nose, very reminiscent of a lambic, youíd almost expect it to be sour by the smell. Not so, it is, however, grainy and quite complex. The beer equivalent of a fine aged burgundy, light yet profound.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (196) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
A complex aroma of citrus hops, bananas, alcohol, yeast and some sweet malt. Mostly clear amber appearance with a voluminous off-white head. Dry texture with lively carbonation. Good hop, yeast, with slight sweet malt flavor. Overall a good experience.

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