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


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RATINGS: 4334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, UmeŚ. The first time I tried this beer I really didnít like it. Which is why Iíve tried it again, and again, and again last night. And I still donít like it. Itís a very pretty beer, and the initial aroma of funky orange and raisins is impressive. But the strange mix of herbs and hops leaves a medicinal flavour in my mouth I find difficult to appreciate. Unlike other trappists where every sip reveals something new, this beer just keeps telling me the same thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Vigorous, bubby pour...lasting white foam. Murky orange body I have not seen in other ales. Highly carbonated with an intense aroma that is too complex for me to put a finger on what all is in there, but there are hints of apples and other strong fruit scents, very intriguing! An enjoyable flavor is somewhat reminiscent of a cider with a tangy, sour palate...goes down very easily! Bready, sugary aftertaste with a light alcohol finish. A pleasant drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ludde (3) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2007 does not count
Bottle in Orval glass. Highly carbonated with large, frothy, off-white head, big bubbles, that mostly dissipates within minutes. Cloudy deep orange-brown color. Sweet aroma with citrus, lime, grape, banana and some sourness. Fizzy on the palate with a light to medium body. Lightly alcoholic. The flavor is bitter and lightly acidic with some yeast. Sour apple. Nice short dry finish. A beautiful looking beer with a wonderful, strange taste. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle. Average off-white (mostly dissapating) frothy head. Muted orange cloudy body. Malts and an unusual sourness aroma. Flavor is lightly acidic and had a short duration. Light body. Dry textured. Lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Pours very nicely into a Westmalle glass. Has a nice thin head that disapates quickly. Is a nice dark brown color. Aroma is excellent. Beer is very smooth with a sweet aftertaste. Flavor is excellent with lots of hops and a little malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Bottle, in Italy. Cloudy amber coloration, with a nice head, consistent and persistent. High bitterness and carbonation. Salty and very dry palate. Citric and floral aroma. I really didnīt like this famous Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 bottle: pours a carmaly orange colour with very large fluffy white head. smells of sweet malts, and sour apples quite different than anything else i have smelled. very dry palate taste of apples and no sweetness at all a quick bitter finish of earthy hops. very interesting and very good.

fresh bottle has a wonderful hop aroma that is very floral and slight citrus, just about perfect withthe sligth sweet malt that is windingthrough the hops, the slightest touch of yeast and faint brett just complete the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishead (28) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
Served in a trappist chalice, this beer poured out wonderfully - with a head that rose to the top of the glass. The initial taste is bitter and dry - it becomes a bit sweeter as it fades, but it fades a bit too quickly. Maybe itís just the weather and I need stronger that lingers in the mouth a lot longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (1083) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Amber with a sweet orange aroma. Medium hops front & middle with a lite finish. Good balance between hops and fruit, which makes it full-bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
First dry belgian ale that I have ever tried, and I have mixed feelings about this beer. It lacks the body I was hoping for. I love the color. A dark orange, almost tan color. This beer has a medium body to it, not too thick and not too thin. The taste does not remind me so much of a fruit experience, but I love the taste. Goes down nice, and the beer bubbles on my tongue. I wouldnít say that this beer is creamy, but still nice. This is a nice bitter/sour beer, full of flavor, with a prolonged finish.

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