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

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RATINGS: 3660   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
macdeffe (52) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
This beer is very hoppy. Not the very bitter hop taste, but the more flowery kind coming from aroma hopping (dry hopping). It has a kind of earthy taste and aroma. The first time I had it with some friends someone mentioned horseshit :-) and I canít quite get rid of the picture. But is it smelling of horse shit or tasting like horse-shit I canít really decide. Strange associations you get now and again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2004
poured cloudy light copper with off white head.aroma green apples citrus, floral, hops, honey.flavor hints of fruits a nice bitterness, was hoping for the honey but none came out. I do have to say that the aroma was far better than the taste but it still was a very good beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Cloudy golden/amber, with a large white head. Aroma is hops, fruit and earth. Taste is very fruity, mostly citrus. It starts out a little sweet, but quiclly becomes dry, and a bit bitter. Not what I expected from a Trappist beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
I had pretty high expectations for this beer -- being a Trappist and all. The highlight of the Orval was its wonderful aroma (fruity with a hint of clove). It is a little cloudy with an amber color and a nice full head that lasted all the way through. Pleasant texture that was lively and with good character. Everything prior to the taste was great -- full and complex but finished with a medicinal flavor. I found it a little disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
This is the worst beer I have ever had!! A very strong bitter taste. I couldnít even finish it. Iíve heard itís very good but it wasnít to me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 This is a re-rate,because I dont feel that I fully did it justice last time.Perfect appearance,small lasting head and since Im having it this time in its own glass it looks even better.The aroma is slightly sour and the tase is zesty and citrussy.Great Beer, I feel privaliged to drink it,wonderful!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Very spicy corriander and delicious hops in the brew this one has class and character and is better on re-rate!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13047) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottle, 6.2%. Nice hop aroma, good and teaish. Cloudy orange colour. Big stable head. Highly carbonated. Nicely hoppy flavour with a pleasant bitterness. The flavour is not as aromatic as the aroma, but nice enough. The aftertaste is also quite bitter with a little aroma hops. 7 3 7 3 18

Bottle, 5.2%. Best before 1993, 17 years ago. Lemony brett aroma. Cloudy dark orange colour. Small stable creamy white head. The flavour is citric and bretty. A lot like the aroma. The aftertaste is slightly moldy, dry brettiness. The finishing bitterness gets a little rough. Definitely still drinkable. 7 3 6 3 16

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Original Rating, August 18, 2004: Pours a lovely golden color with a towering head in my Duvel glass. The aroma is fantastic. Itís loaded with dried fruits, fresh bananas, hops, and an every so slight alcohol aroma. Mmmm... the taste. Taste? Umm, hello? Where did it go? This is possibly the first beer Iíve had that looked and smelled fantastic, but just didnít taste like much of anything. It had a slight alcoholic kick to it, but nothing else. It felt like cream though, just wonderful. Iím very disappointed in the taste. The bottle had aged for a year in not the best conditions; I will try a fresher or better aged bottle.

Re-Rating #1: February 11, 2005; Bottled on 10.03.04: The view and aroma were about the same this time around, plus some citrus tones. The taste actually existed. A verty strange mix of sweet pine resin, hops, alcohol and bread. Very nice. Itís not the end-all-be-all, but a damn fine beer. 8/5/8/4/17

Re-rating #2: January 12, 2010; Bottled on 29.04.2009: Okay, Iíve gone back and forth on this beer. First round wasnít good, second was pretty killer, third and forth sucked. Copper color with a large head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma of barn, hay and lemon. Very dry malt and wheat flavor. Lots of hay, barn and mustiness. A little raw grain. Quite perfumy. Can definitely taste the dry hopping. Very bitter and earthy floral hits. To me, it tasted like a solid saison, spiked with Brett. Which I am incredibly sick of. The bone dry barn with hints of "Iím going to taste like vomit in a few years". Halfway through the bottle, it just wasnít good any more. This is my last go with this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottle: Poured cloudy amber with a big off-white head that lasted well. Intense aroma of banana lolly, some mustiness and anitseptic notes. Not much depth though. Flavour was slightly sour, quite spicey, and had some burnt fruit characteristics (gooseberries?). A lingering harsh bitterness further took away from this legend, although it was nicely creamy. Dissapointed, but will rate again.


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