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

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RATINGS: 4253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheSexualNinja (9) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark with a huge foamy head. Has a fruity aroma. Fruity flavors as well as earthy flavor undertones with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish make this an excellent trappist brew.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Cloudy orange, with a big bubbly white head. Yeasty smell, with some fruit. Very Malty, with a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied. Overall quite bland, and was hoping for something more special like some of the other belgium brews i’ve had, quite non-offensive and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to jjd0608. Poured a murky golden color with a lot of carbanoation. Aroma of bananas is present. Taste like a cherry lifesavor. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4783) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Hazy dark orange colour. Big fluffy head. Aroma has plasters and Bretty yeast. Dry but exceptionally clean feel in the mouth with light vinous acidity and a bitter dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2007
I love this beer! Now - I could lament for days about one sip of Orval. Woody aroma, the sweetness of silage (yeah - I know, weird), fennel, spicy white pepper characteristic and oh so much more. The Brett really shines through in this example - wet dog, barnyard, whatever you call it! Pleasant Brett character leaving also a richness of malt. not really all that sour. Slight acetic quality but faint. Lovin it!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentGobshite (25) - peachland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
my very favorite trappist ale! smells like the wood that i work with every day...and i still freaking like it!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (1001) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Lubiere!! you are a man of word! Beer presents an orangey and slightly hazy outfit with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma is very singular peaches, lemon, hay, phenols, apples. Tastes of herbs, hoppy, very difficult to describe... Has a werid peppery, spicy, anise feeling with a bitter-caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, VERY (I mean VERY) dry, quenching. Very idiosincratic and complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours hazy brownish orange with decent off-white head. Aroma of bananas, some yeast, and citrusy hops. Very dry hoppy flavor with some fruity sweetness. Pretty tasty but doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Nice aroma of cider and bananas and spices. Huge off white head that reduces to what looks like a marshmallow. Thin disappointing taste and watery mouthfeel with sour gym sock fermentation aftertaste. An unpleasant shock for my 300th rating.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
a slight tan head on it, and it is a hazy color to it. taste is defintely of apples and cinnammen, and sour


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