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

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RATINGS: 3886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours a shaded gold with a big head. Aroma is fruity with some chamomile. Mouthfeel is dry with a flowery tang. Good hop presence too.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Awesome, unique Trappist brew. Quite hoppy for a Belgian, characteristic slight sourness, with a unique spicy, almost cinnamon-like character. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol level. Superb ale from a superb brewing country.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Absolutely lovely, a frank and great head, very nice colour, quite a unique beer. The finish might be a little disappointing but all in all it’s close to perfection.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
I had expected more from this popular favorite. But I did not get it. It looked great. A head that rose to the occation and foam that lasted forever. The lacing was unstoppable. But the Aroma killed it for me, while the flavor was drinkable, it wasn’t extrodinary. Not a favorite of mine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. The bottle is awesome and the pour is absolutely perfect (read: super-thick, rocky, lasting, awesome head). The aroma is kinda skunky, lemony, with a dank, floral, piney kinda taste. I really so no complexity at all, and even a little unpleasantness in the taste, though I still managed to find redeeming qualities. This beer really falls just short of greatness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Golden orange color with a lovely white head that lasts as long as the beer does. Intriguing aroma with subtle hints of melon and lots of pumpkin and spice. The flavor is spicy with subtle hints of apple. A nice dry finish caps this beer off nicely. Truly fantastic and perhaps underrated.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Optimal alternative to the Chimey even if it isn’t optimal. Ottima alternativa alla Chimey anche se non ottima.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Very good. Complex taste. One of the best beers I’ve tasted. Not quite as good as Chimay blue but close.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wijlen (3) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2005 does not count
laat uw bak orval enkele jaren rijpen en er ontwikkeld een vollere smaak kleine investering als je kijkt hoeveel een goede fles wijn kost

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Robe blonde voilée au reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse épaisse en dentelle, mais fugace. Arômes d’épices, d’agrumes et d’acidité. Ressemble à une saison trappiste...


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