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

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RATINGS: 3746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4352) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Far different from any other beer I have had. I was expecting a malty Belgian ale, but this is more like a gueze or saison. Huge white head; cloudy orange. floral aroma. Flavor is highly complex. Sour with herbal characteristics, but not so sour as a gueze. Some barnyard qualities. Very different; very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle pours a hazy dull golden, HUGE rocky white head, super sticky lacing, with lively carbonation.   Sharp aroma of indoor plants, perhaps cactus, with hints of pixie stix or koolaid dust.   Very unique.   Sharp and dry on the tongue, slightly peppery, semi-sweet.   Enjoyable body and mouthfeel.   Becomes slightly sour on the finish.   Very different.   Thanks goes out to CapFlu for bringing the sample.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Re-rate at 6/5/05: Didn’t give this enough credit first time around. Uprating Appearance to a perfect 5, Flavour to a 7 and the Overall to a 15. Strong herbal Trappist ale. Poured a smoky bottle-conditioned bronze colour with an enormous pillowy head that lasted forever and laced well. Big herbal nose, lots of dry hops, peppery alcohol, spices (cinammon?) and dried fruit. Medium bodied and quite wine-like. Menthol on the tongue, spices, herbs, and a long, lasting dry finish. A steamroller of an ale. (330ml bottle, best before 14/7/09)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 Vintage: Nov 2007
Consumed: July 2010

Not sure cellaring really worked on this occasion. Aroma is still a wonderful combination of sour fruits, pepper and old wood, but the palate has flattened somewhat leaving a base of mild pepper and slate. Quite fizzy, which perhaps suggests the beer is lively but in reality no really going anywhere.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: August 2005 (3.8)

Golden orange in colour, quite vibrant. Pours a big fizzy head. Very unique nose, massively herbally and peppery, strikes me as a Rhone syrah or a cool climate Australian shiraz (think Craiglee). I guess this is the hops at work. More herbal, leafy notes in the mouth, some pepper, very dry. I can’t get over the Rhone characters - quite fascinating. Not all perfect through as the palate does lack some weight and sweetness, doesn’t really penetrate on this front. Even so, great beer to experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
Orange coloured, stable and thick white-yellowish head. Aromatic nose of a combination of hops, spice, dried citrus peel, vegetable. Taste is sparkly bitter, herbal, grapefruit and vegetables bitterness. Flavor of citrus. Mild body, easy to drink, rich mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2005
Poured a enormous fluffy off-white head, took me 5 minutes to get the thing into a glass. Aroma was strange, very hoppy with a slight skunky waft. The first sip was dry and very malty with a sharp hoppy bite. As the beer warmed to room temperature the taste improved dramaticaly, the hops were more pronounced and the slight musky/skunky undertone vanished. A great beer, would like to taste one a little fresher though.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, real nice pour. a little yeast and lots of bubbles tells of bottle conditioning. sturdy with dense foam. nice aromas of citrus fruit, bright hops, bread and alcohol. soft, creamy mouthfeel. i’ve always thought of this as the belgian pale ale. bright hop flavor, rich malt with an old musty dusty essence, a slight sourness and a balanced bitterness that lingers. great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2955) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle - 330ml at Bières & Compagnie, Montréal. Nice cloudy amber/orange body topped with a thin but lasting off-white foamy head. Rich, complex and fresh hoppy/fruity/spicy aroma with some flowery and pepperish hints that hides the alcohol pretty well. Taste is a hard-to-describe mix of various flavors of fresh hops, malt and yeast with notes of fruits, spices, herbs and pine. Its robust bitter/sour finish is very long. An obvious choice for a 500th rating!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2005
huge fluffy white head on top of a golden brown. i love a beer with head like this. taste is slightly bitter with a touch of orange. has a nice smooth mouthfeel. wonderful lacing all over the glass. you will enjoy this wonderful brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 I must rate this beer from having it fresh in Belgium where it is much different. Very grassy Saaz hop nose with candied lemon and a touch of Bretty green apple. Pillowy head that makes your nose extremely pleased with the gas release. a different beer altogether than we get here.


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