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


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RATINGS: 4157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006 does not count
pours amber with a powerful cushiony head that never seems to go away. Mesmorizing floral aroma with notes of rose petal, lavender, nutmeg, and white pepper. Fizzy mouthfeel. Chalky, floral, and earthy tones combine with exotic hoppiness and finish dry and champagne like. Underneath lays restrained and balanced brettanomyces characteristics. A truly unique,exotic, and unmatchable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Bottled. Had an excellent, citrus flavor with a sharp finish, like a radler. Strong carbonation makes this easy to drink. I was very impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
bottle. murky amber golden color. fruity aroma. very fruity and carpy. lots of yeast and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours gold, with big white billowing head that lasts. Strong aroma of yeast, souriness, and some hops. Tons of carbonatoin bring a dry souriness to the nose and palate. Residual bitterness a bit harsh, but the beer is a bit young.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
One of the Trappist beer´s with a good tast of hops and that make´s it a nice beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwinch1 (6) - USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
Great flavor and good aroma. Full hop flavor and a wonderful finish. Golden color and light colored head that lasts longer than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 nice aroma, fruity and malty, great flavor, sweet and a bit fruity and light hops, sour and lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011
Bottle 330ml.

Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head. This head does not go away! It is incredible! Aroma is fantastic, smelling grapefruit and citrus. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen, but a sweet version. Leaves a nice sweet taste at the finish. A little spice is in the flavor as well.

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ Re-rate on Orval Appreciation Day 2011 ]. Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus - grapefruit, fruity, moderate to heavy yeasty, brett, light barnyard - leather. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. One of my all time favorit beers - alwas in the house ;O) [20110331]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jiggaman21k (9) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 2, 2006 does not count
11.2 oz bottle. nice aroma and head but very carbonated... perhaps too much. overall a nice ale but palate is a little watery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
11.2oz bottle, bottled March 2005. Poured a beautiful amber/orange into a goblet with a huge, lasting, rocky, off-white head. Very clean & pleasant aroma, floral with champagne and horseblanket. Flavor is a bit confused... lightly sour, horseblanket again, just a bit spicy, but muddled with a background strongly redolent of citrus rind. Wimpy, acrid finish. Palate is watery and too fizzy. Not an impressive showing given its reputation.

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