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

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RATINGS: 4252   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%


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Bottle. Poured out a copious off-white head that would lace the glass tremendously. Orangey gold body. Aroma is honeydew and citrusy up front, definite spiciness of cloves and caraway. Bitter at first with a grapefruit like taste that I did not enjoy. A bit astringent, dry, and bitter. Not so good, definitely crisp and smooth but not a particularly full body. I let this one warm up a little bit longer than usual as I was hoping it could redeem itself. It did get better with some more rich flavors becoming evident but it still seemed dominantly grapefruit bitter and was just so-so.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2006
a really unique and excellent, albiet expensive, beer...Aroma of floral hops, some alcohol, pours a substantial head. hazy orange/amber color, super crisp dry taste with no finish, the beer just goes down as if it were never there. Give this a try.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Hazy amber coloured beer with creamy and longlasting off white head. In the nose there are interesting hints of mild and flowery hops but also touches of malts, nuts, and bread. The taste is delicious and complex. Aftertaste is dry with a mild malty carracter. It ends with a nutty bitterness of hops. Love this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottled 30/06/2005. A tantalizing aroma roma of sourness, subtle fruitiness, and yeast attemting to escape from a big rocky head. This one says "drink me"! Translucent light brown color. Flavor is complex and extremely balanced, with a pleasant lingering sourness. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but seems much fuller due to the carbonation This bottle seems distinctly different than the last bottle I enjoyed, which was far more complex and ’edgy’. I’ll have to sample a few more bottles of varying ages to see how they differ.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2006
One-year-old bottle from Delirium. Deep copper color with spicy and slightly floral aroma. No sugar whatsoever in the taste -- fizzy, mildly bitter and hoppy, with a citrus finish. Aging adds a musty depth. I lean to the drier side rather than the sweet barley wines, so this remains my favorite trappist.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Golden color with a white head. Aroma is of sour apples, with a little malt. Sour apple flavor with slight yeast taste. Nice smooth mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Sour, and some bitter. Extreme head which I understand---but honestly don’t appreciate. The Belgians are fine beers, but I don’t worship them as some do.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1812) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle. What a great beer, wish I had more but for the price I only get this once in awhile. Great aroma, very pleasant. Good look with huge head that stays. Flavor is so well balanced it leaves your mouth thirsty for more. Somewhat sour taste kept my mouth watering for awhile afterwards. Cheers!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a beatiful, thick beige head and amazing lace. Unique, complex aroma that starts spicy and yeasty and then ranges through notes of licorice, lemon,leather, lilies, anise and herbs. Yeasty, bitter, spicy, herbal taste, citrus flavors, with a hint of sourness. Full bodied and well carbonated, with a finish that lingers and invites contemplation. Bottled 1/2004; 6.9%abv.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 23, 2006
Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a massive, pillowy, long-lasting head and great lacing. Expressive, high-toned, fruity nose with grape and crabapple character, along with some herbaceousness. More restrained flavors that lean to the dry side of the spectrum, particularly for a Belgian. Quite complex with notes of tarragon, guava, and exotic spices. Mouthfeel is fairly unimpressive...the only weak point of this brew. Finishes moderately long and dry. An interesting, distinctive ale that manages to be both incredibly complex and impressively balanced.


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