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

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RATINGS: 4279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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%


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a light bright but hazy orange amber, topped by an impossible mound of beige foam. Great clumpy head retention with thick foamy lacing. Malty aroma - dark malts and honey at first, a little tart and funky behind that. Then a lot tart after that! Sharp and tangy beer - with tangerine, bitter grassy hops, yeast, dry toasted malt and a bit of barnyard funk (I know what goat hooves smell like - this is similar, but subdued). Medium body, soft but biting carbonation. Delightful and delicious. A damn shame it is so pricey.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottled 4/1/2006. The bottle forcefully spat out some gas when opened. A massive mound of white chunky head sit atop a dark brown beer. Aroma is a mix of a citric tartness and classic Belgian yeastiness, but neither of these aromas are too strong. The beer looks effervescent, but the carbonation is unnoticable on the palate. Sweet malty notes at the beginning with a dry, mildly sour finish. This beer grew on me the longer I nursed it. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2007
I really like this beeer, but its rather dry and drinks almost like a chardonnay. Usually dryness is not a quality thats sought (hence the palate score), but I thought it was tasty, and a bit of a change from some of the other trappists Ive had recently.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
alfmaester (8) - godalming, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007 does not count
Belguim beers are my favourite and this one fairs quite well. It has sort of a clear amber colour and has a great long aftertaste. A bit of orange in the flavour too. Yep, a satisfying conclusion.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alfa (14) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
The champ. if I could only have one bottle of beer in the rest of my life, this is what I would choose. Very complex floral highlights, no yeast overtones, very bitter, very dry as full as flavour ever gets.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2007
from 11.2 bottle. pours clear golden orangy. nice whie head, very carbonated at first. floral smells and a bit of banana, also that chewy smell of belgian yeasts. malty body with dry bitter finish. warms to slightly sour and wheaty taste. bottled in ’04, 6.9% on label.

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 (5062) - 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.


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