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

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RATINGS: 4011   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%


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5029) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2006
Orangey amber, cloudy with a nice white head, leaving lacing. Complex aromas of fruity caramel with some sourness. Sourly sweet with good bitterness, ending dry with warming alcohol. Well-carbonated. A world classic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (8927) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle at Blå Rock Cafe in Tromsø poured into an original Orval glass. Pale orange colour. Thick white lasting head with lots of dimples. A bit oily aroma. Some rummy flavours. The palate is acidulous. This is a refreshing, fruity and aromatic drink. Very good, indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 This was a very interesting beer. Pours a hazy golden orange into the glass with a nice fluffy head and a nose of hops, spice and some citrus, tart candy and something else that I’ve smelled before but for the life of me can’t remember at the moment. It’s definitely unique. Medium body with a taste of spice, hops and is moderately dry. Have never tasted another beer quite like it. Very good!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 12, 2006
(11.2 oz bottle (bottled 01.06.2004) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Pours a hazy orangish gold with a large pillowy biscuit head. Aroma of banana, grapefruit, glue. Sloppy globs of lacing. Refreshing crisp mouthfeel, a little prickly. Has a real citrus zing, plus the banana and grapefruit, followed by that glue-like taste I get from alot of Belgians. Fizziness surprised me, I thought this would be pretty still.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
The colour of honey, a cottony head, abundant fruitiness was overwhelming to the taste buds. I suppose it desrves a higher score here, but I ain’t a fan of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a hazy golden yellow with one of the best heads Have ever seen. Fluffy white head that lasts forever. Aromas were abundant with peach, citrus and honey. Flavors were a light malt with some honey and a little yeast. Nice hop bite twords the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sagatrap (4) - USA - FEB 7, 2006 does not count
This was an amazing beer. I did not find it very dry as some have stated but found it perfectly balanced with hints of citrus, honey, and a perfect amount of bitterness. I could drink this beer anytime.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Pours hazy dark golden with a mostly receding foamy off-white head. Aroma of brett with notes of grassy hops and sweet candy. Taste is herbal and bitter with a complex yeast character. There’s just a hint of sweetness in the beginning but the brett has made the finish dry and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Too many contrasting flavors for me. I can see why many people love this, but when you use brett it’s either going to be a hit or miss. Not my favorite, but impressive still.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. One of my favourite beers! Hazy amber colour with a fantastic and creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Nice lacing. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, yeasty and it also has fruit notes, but it is perhaps the weakest part of this wonderful beer. Body is lively yet extremely dry. Taste is spicy and fruity with a light sourness. Orval is truly a pleasure. One of my top ten beers!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
I f’n LOVE the aroma of this product. I love the smell of brett, without too much on the flavor side of things. I also can’t believe I hadn’t rated this before, as it has been a favorite for a couple of years. Unique style of blonde ale, lighter than most Belgian ales. Like a cross between a pilsener and a Belgian strong. Complex, dry, refreshing. Does this give anyone else a headache?


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