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

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RATINGS: 3765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Tasted 27/03/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Pours a beautiful reddish hued gold with a large white head. Looks spritzy. Nose is bready, spicey and dry wood. Flavour, delivered in light champagne-like mouthfeel, is extremely dry and hints at bitter oranges, pith, cinnamon and anise. A pretty clean palate leaves just a touch of the spicey wood hop flavour. I wouldnít drink this everyday but Iíd never turn it down. World class.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Not as good as I had hoped, but still a worthy brew. This beer is pretty hopped up for a Belgian but itís rather one-dimensional, not complex at all it isnít! This beer does have a good floral and orange-ish taste, but itís just not that impressive. Oh well, give it a try anyways

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivnizub (8765) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle: Amber, almost orangey hazy ale; thin, but long lasting fluffy head; big fruity (orange, citrus) nose; the initial orangey fruitiness, with a tinge of candy and malt, changes into a stupendous rich, herbal, hoppy and dry finish (caused by dry-hopping ?). A must for lovers of hops....... Re-rate (03/08): Rich aromatic hoppiness in the nose, lingering aromatic hoppy finish. A real gem...............

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 It was a Wednesday night and as I cracked the bottle cap, the fruity alcoholic notes wafted by my nose. An exam and most of a week behind me, I was looking forward to this beer. Bottled on October 24th 2002, Iím slightly concerned about this beerís freshness, since it advertises only 6.9% alcohol. But, considering its bottle conditioned, Iím not too worried. This beauty is pouring absolutely milky opalescent clear ruddy amber. The head froths tall, then subsides slowly, smearing the tulip glass with a sheen of sticky white head. A fine mist of sediment dances through the whole beer. I put my nose to the glass. Iím blown away by fermented oranges that are swimming in alcohol, yeast, and light malt. An almost witbier aroma to this one. At my lips, this beer produces an unfamiliar experience. The flavors are foreign, mutations of previous experiences, lost lagers, ubiquitous pilsners, but a faint glimmer of that yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Itís full of ethers and a good nose of grape. This beer has aged well, I think. As it warms, it produces this comforting mellow and mature bread like quality, with a nice wet sweet kiss of dried cherries and Madagascar vanilla. A light caramel is produced in the back of the throat, along with a flavor I canít put my finger on, but is familiar. There it is again. It reminds me of baking with my mother. I believe itís light almonds, with fermented lemons. After swilling this beer down to the last third, it leaves a fantastic smack of dry oak and grape skin. This brew is a little harsh on the palate, but maintains smoothness. As well, Iím feeling some strong sour notes on the back of my tongue. The alcohol scorches slightly as it moves towards the stomach and stings the nostrils, very slightly. Iím surprised by the astounding complexity this beer maintains, even after half of it is gone. I always appreciate a culinary experience that reminds me of the past and this beer is no exception. Mid-1960s Bob Dylan makes a fantastic acoustic accompaniment.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Rerate: Iíve had this a few times now, and find it to be one of the most frustratingly inconsistent beers Iíve ever had. My suspicion is it has to do with improper handling somewhere in the trip from Belgium. Fortunately even a "bad" bottle is quite good. A good bottle is pretty spectacular. Pours a hazy golden tan, thick white foam. Aroma of yeast, pepper, orange rind, and hops - itís loaded with spice and perfume. Flavor is pepper, orange rind, some cinnamon, pine, and hoppy bitterness. Long, dry, hoppy finish. I love the mouthfeel - itís absolutely perfect - somewhat fizzy, yet somehow thick and smooth at the same time. Youíll find some heavy cardboard/musty undertones in a bad bottle. If you try this once and donít like it or suspect you got a bad bottle, you owe it to yourself to try it again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2005
Great warm-amber color with medium sized white foam. Fresh hoppy nose with herbal touche and a light toasted malty touch. Taste is deep, round, malty and noble bitter. Afthertaste is very complex and stays for minutes in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Poured into Chimay chalice, hazy orange colour with large, billowy white head. Iíve had a few of these awhile back, and wasnít as impressed. Iíve been sitting on this one since then, Iím not sure if it has mellowed or my taste buds have matured, but I sure enjoyed much more this time. This beer tastes like no other, with its sharp hop bitterness and very dry taste, very refreshing...if youíre ready for it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2005
33 cL bottle. Stable and lasting smooth head on top of an orange, slightly hazy beer. Complex, spicy aroma with, amongst others, notes of citrus and cloves. Very dry flavour, traces of hazel nut and a slight sourness, long bitter aftertaste. Too much carbonation, but in any case excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. bottled on 11/18/03 best before 11/18/08.
Pours out cloudy amber with a thick long lasting head. thin sheet of stiky lace left behind. Aroma is fruity and earthy and barnyard,
Flavor is slightly sweet slightly sour with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. nicely balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Cloudy amber with long-lasting thick foamy head. Strong fruity aroma at first, but eventually overpowered by a urine aroma. Bad bottle I guess. Fortunately the taste was pleasant; starts sweet, finishes w/ lingering dryness. Iíd try it again, but I had to force myself to finish this bottle b/c of the smell.


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