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

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RATINGS: 4067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Theis (14305) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottel at DØE meeting, Ølbaren. 6.2%. Light yellow, white head. A little sour smell, fruity. Sour and dry hop dominates the taste, with some peber. Not quiet my taste.(6/3/6/3/11)...... Re-Rate: Ok it’s time for a Re-Rate. Bottle (29-April-2009) Cloudy amber - white head. Nice bretty, lovely bretty, soapy, dryness, light hoppy, fruity, crispy, cactus. Lovely. ..... Ok jeg kan ikke trække den længere: 5.0

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 så er der Trappistsmagning på Ølbaren. Hosted by Rene H og DØE. Det har jeg glædet mig umådelig meget til. Det er et nyt område for mig. Dette er første øl i rækken. Dufter i starten af fersken som dog aftager hurtigt. Den mest humlede og en solid smag af peber og Harpiks.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
330ml Bottle: Anyone that tells you this beer has a "slight" hops taste is a liar or has no palate, this is by far the hoppiest beer ever placed within my ale-hole. A pleasant, sweet scent starts thing off alongside a thick and lasting foam head. The taste is good, but those hops. They snag you part way through and refuse to leave, I literally required a water afterwards to erase the dry mouth. It was an experience, I’ll give it that.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle dated 4-1-05. Pours a nice amber color with a huge pillowy off-white head. Complex and strong aroma of wild flowers, banana, orange and coriander. Initial flavor is grassy and floral. Just a tiny hint of sweetness before a huge hop bitterness finishes it off. Very dry, almost champagne-like mouth feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Orange and cloudy in the glass. Huge head. Very flowery on the nose. Slightly sweet and hoppy with a sticky mouthfeel. Good beer, glad I had it. Don’t need to have it again at $8, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2006
A deep orange color. Big frothy head. Slightly dry and bitter. Pretty Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
Hazy light orange colour. Yeasty, floral hop nose. Very appetising dry hoppy bitterness, and some nutty, malty undertones.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Lightly hazy amber color. Tall slightly off white head. Roasted malt, mellow hop and alcohol aromas. Champagne like palate, hops barely detectable, light body with very mild malt flavors. Carbonated foamy finish. Not what I expected. Strong in alcohol but not as big as expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle (4/1/2005): Very hazy dark orange with a big rocky off white head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, with a floral slightly fruity hop to it. Nice lacing on the glass as the head starts to fade a bit. Flavor, first thought’s, wow that’s a dry finish. There’s some bitterness there, to go with the dry fruitiness, a little funky. There is a bit of heat in it as well. First time having this in a couple years, and the time before was in a noisy bar, so it’s a much different experience this time around. I’m starting to see what the fuss is about with this stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dunn (6) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
being a trapiste, i had high hopes. Burnt orange colour with large fluffy head.bitter and perhaps a little spicy. very dry mouthfeel. Yes its delicious, but not complex enough for this style. then again, it was bottled in november 2005 (june06 opened), so to be fair next time ill give her more time; regardless - a yummy ale!


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