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


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RATINGS: 4104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours gold, with big white billowing head that lasts. Strong aroma of yeast, souriness, and some hops. Tons of carbonatoin bring a dry souriness to the nose and palate. Residual bitterness a bit harsh, but the beer is a bit young.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
One of the Trappist beer´s with a good tast of hops and that make´s it a nice beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwinch1 (6) - USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
Great flavor and good aroma. Full hop flavor and a wonderful finish. Golden color and light colored head that lasts longer than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 nice aroma, fruity and malty, great flavor, sweet and a bit fruity and light hops, sour and lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011
Bottle 330ml.

Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head. This head does not go away! It is incredible! Aroma is fantastic, smelling grapefruit and citrus. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen, but a sweet version. Leaves a nice sweet taste at the finish. A little spice is in the flavor as well.

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ Re-rate on Orval Appreciation Day 2011 ]. Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus - grapefruit, fruity, moderate to heavy yeasty, brett, light barnyard - leather. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. One of my all time favorit beers - alwas in the house ;O) [20110331]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jiggaman21k (9) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 2, 2006 does not count
11.2 oz bottle. nice aroma and head but very carbonated... perhaps too much. overall a nice ale but palate is a little watery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
11.2oz bottle, bottled March 2005. Poured a beautiful amber/orange into a goblet with a huge, lasting, rocky, off-white head. Very clean & pleasant aroma, floral with champagne and horseblanket. Flavor is a bit confused... lightly sour, horseblanket again, just a bit spicy, but muddled with a background strongly redolent of citrus rind. Wimpy, acrid finish. Palate is watery and too fizzy. Not an impressive showing given its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Out of bottle. Aroma is pleasent Mallty with hints of flowers herbs and fruits specifically Apple and a light banana. Pours an opaque orange gold with a fluffy big white head. nice lacing. The flavor starts with apple with some light sourness and notes of yeast moves into a dry flowery light hoppiness and ends sour with a lasting after taste. A delightfull dry smooth mouth feel.Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 33cl bottle: what an interesting beer. pours a orangish with the typical Belgian head of fine tiny bubbles. The aroma was present as soon as the crown came off the bottles. Very Floral, and a bit spicy from the yeast and hops. similar to hefe. flavor was very dry and a bit sour. very subtle apple flavors, with a bretty finish. very nice mouth feel full of tiny bubbles. A great beer. Rerate: alright I absolutly love this beer. extra dry, and ipa like. aroma is floral, hoppy, spicy... wonderful... orangish appearence with big wihte foam that laces like no other. great palate, peferfect. I love this beer. My second or 3rd favorite

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Very good, but not outstanding. Its taste has a malt yet soapy taste that I find unappealing in most beers. The bouquet is very floral, like a greenhouse. Dry and quenches the throat.

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