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

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RATINGS: 4035   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%


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (4740) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottled 24/06/2005. Pours bright murky orange into a trappist glass. Significant medium-sized head that does not recede. Crushed vitamin C and orange notes. Smells almost like a medicine. Lively, dry and sour with a lingering bitter finish. I must say that I prefer a fresher Orval to a cellared one. Almost a cross between a saison and a gueuze.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14488) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 cloudy orange with great white head. Spicy & fruity aroma. A lot of hops a lot of bitterness. Really fresh and long lasting finish! Rerate 08/09. Dry, fruity, brett, fresh, dusty, quenching, complex. A notch up.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12105) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
Amber cloudy pour, thin head, light lace, and one hell of a nose. Like toucan sam and what not. Light, sweet and fruity, some clove-ishy cinnamony spice and yeast, and just a tinge of alcohol. Body and flavor are somewhat thinner than I expected, but still good, echoing aforementioned aroma. Somewhat short and astringent finish, it made me feel like I needed a drink of water between each drink of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
Cloudy orange pour with small tight-bubbled head. Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and fruit. The flavor was on the spicy side — some clove, some cinnamon — with a peppery, mediciny tanginess at the finish. It presents both sweet and bitter from beginning to end. The alcohol was also obvious. Dry and bubbly reminiscent of the texture and sensation of champagne — though heavier in the body. Long finish. If it wasn’t for the distinct reminder of medicine, I would have liked this more than I did.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Light gold color with a uniform, yet small, head. Aroma is mostly sweet fruits - green apples (Acetaldehyde or dry hopped?) with a plasticy, stale undercurrent. Lively carbonation. The body is hot with alcohol and quite acidic. More sweet fruit - grape, champagne like flavors. Becomes watery near the finish. Finishes sweet and dry, with almost a fake sugar (splenda) mouthfeel. OK, but doesn’t seem to be the same super-Belgian some of you others have drank. Bad bottle perhaps?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
While I have been rating beers for only a short time, I have been DRINKING beers of all kinds for 35 years. The taste and finish was so good, that I refrained from drinking or eating for a long while after, to make it last. I plan to try another Orval some time soon to make sure I am consistent in my opinion, but as of right now, I have to say that Orval is the best beer I have ever had.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
Rusty brown pour with a thick slightly tan head. Very strong scent that fills the room. Earty, spicy, hops. Very unique and very appealing. Very dry beer. Not as fruity as other belgians I have had. Must more subtle taste. Yeasty, hoppy, slight bitterness, a hint of chocolate. Very fine beer. The alcohol content is suprising as it doesn’t come out in the taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
The pour is perfect with a full cotton head. The smell presents esters, oily chocalate, rose, citrus and raisins. The taste is wonderful, light and complex with chocalate, and cherries and walnuts coming through. The mouthfeel is awesome, light and smooth. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Here I go again re-re-re-describing the Orval. Just about every bottle I drink (and I drink a lot of that stuff) provides me with a different experience. Both my mood and the age of the bottle can drastically alter the taste of this highly complex beer. Unique yeast that is both classic belgian and full of Brettanomyces, Very herbal with flowers nectar and fragrant. Some bottles will also have a strong lilac taste. Overall pretty dry and low sweetness but somehow packs in some candy flavours. Very hoppy/bitter when young, mellows out a lot when aging. Very floral hops. With young bottles I also get quite a bit of pine tree. Some dried fruits. Lots of carbonation but never aggressive. Spices sensation that seem to come from the unique yeast. Some tartness that I can only described as pine tartness (if that makes any sense). It’s no surprise the Orval has over 1000 descriptions on this site and no two are the same. Very complex beer that has been brewed the same way for a very very long time. Was first brewed when the Dead Sea was only sick.


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