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

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RATINGS: 4327   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle from Dovetail. What can be said that hasn’t been said before? Amber in colour with patchy, creamy off white head. Nice ornate lacing. Nose of classic Belgian hops and brown bread. Bitter hops, orange and cloves in the taste. Spicey finish. Medium bodied. Top beer for sure, but a little over-rated.
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Bottle from Waitrose, aged almost 7 months now. Hazy amber with a creamy white head. Bretty, bready and hoppy with tangerine, aniseed and caramel hints. Some leatheryness in the nose. Wow, what a difference a bit of age makes, I seriously underated this! Can’t wait to have a year and a half old one at DHVL in a few days.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 One of the best aromas in beer, perfume, flowers, intense. Large rocky head atop a bright orange effervescing body. Flavor: very dry (in fact too dry sometimes depending on the bottle). brett. Citric hops stand out (more kumquat/orange, less grapefruit/lemon). Yeast and horseblanket character seamlessly integrated. Dry finish. Classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerpirate (14) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Pours a clear amber. Large fothy, off-white head, mostly diminishing with good lacing. Some hops, nice balance.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Not my cup of tea or bottle of beer so to speak. fairly unbalanced, unpleasantly bitter, nothing of the typical Belgian mouthfeel yeastiness that I like. It seems to resemblel cough syrup, in flavor not in mouthfeel. It is actually fairly thin. Simon Cowell would call it dreadful, I call it a train wreck.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
bottle, dated 13/10/05. Poured into an Orval chalice. Pours orange amber, with a frothy beige head that fills the glass perfectly. Beautiful sour aroma, with citrus, yeast, and hops. Very dry on the palate. Complex flavors; sweet malt and spice along with a sour yeast finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2007
Bottled 30/08/2005, best before 30/08/2010. Appetizing, inviting nose, dry and aromatic. Dry flavor with some elegance. Not as big and powerful as I remember it to have been in the past, but quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bone dry. Funky nose, very reminiscent of a lambic, you’d almost expect it to be sour by the smell. Not so, it is, however, grainy and quite complex. The beer equivalent of a fine aged burgundy, light yet profound.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
A complex aroma of citrus hops, bananas, alcohol, yeast and some sweet malt. Mostly clear amber appearance with a voluminous off-white head. Dry texture with lively carbonation. Good hop, yeast, with slight sweet malt flavor. Overall a good experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Beautiful in the Orval chalice; big beige head on a slightly cloudy deep amber brew. Aroma is hops, bananas, raisins and some cloves. Wow! oranges and citrus...more spice on the tongue...almost like a witbier for a second...Delicious hop flavor, and a peppery finish...nice and dry...not at all what I expected from the smell. Really a great, drinkable beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (414) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a golden orange witha big frothy head. Aroma of yeast and spice. Dry crisp and nicely carbonated. Very nice bitter finish.


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