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


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RATINGS: 3930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Daredevil (76) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2005
the legend ... pour this brew from the thiny bottle (which btw doesn’t look anything but special) into a burgundy glass and you will know why ... actually the foam looks like the fermentation would be in full process ... besides the looks smell and aroma all in harmony and balance ... drink this one slow and taste how the aromas change over time ... unique ....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a soft offwhite head. Fruity aroma. Quite pleasant to inhale. Bittersweet light citrus flavor, with a hint of hoppy pine. Interesting flavor, almost like a tripel mixed with an IPA. Nice soft mouthfeel, good carbonation but not too much. Interesting beer to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2005
Unclear amber beer, white soft yellow foam. Aroma of malts, peel of nuts, hop and wood. Taste is nutty and dry biiter. The beer has a long caracterfull afthertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Very nice aroma. fruity, sweet nose. Nice rocky head that stays long, lots of bubbles. Appearance is orangish, almost rusty. Very different from most ales. Medium bodied, lightly bitter, lightly sweet and fruity. A great balance of it all too. Faint hops in this. Sticky texture, but a dry, long finish. Strong carbonation though. I love this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Pours a great big, lasting head. You can smell alot in this beer, namely sea salt and malt. Complex and very flavorful, with a nice bite up front. Though I am not too big on the overt "saltiness", it is a unique characteristic. Quite dry on the way down. BIg head vanished a little too fast, I think. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Bottle, TONS of head, and carbination for that matter. Huge rocky head that subsided after a while, very strong nose of candy and fuit malts, bread and yeast. Dry flavor, nicely hopped rusty orange in color. Nicely done, an interesting trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - OCT 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Poured a large white foamy head. The body was cloudy and an orangish color. It had a fruity aroma. This was a really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 The beer immediately began to slowly foam up and out of the top after cracked. Medium orange body with lots of bubbles and a blanket-like off-white head. That head’s going nowhere anytime soon. It looks like melted marshmellow. Very complex nose. I smell light citrus with cloves, cinnamon, barnyard, and flowers. Like nothing I’ve tasted before. Starts off tasting a bit like green tea with mint and a little pepper. The finish was an earthy funk and apple taste with a mild hop and spice hint and a pinch of salt. Alcohol mildly present in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Golden hued with a head like stiffly beaten whipped cream. I managed a pour without getting a glob of the secondary yeast in my Trappist glass. I suppose I would characterize the aroma as floral and spicy, but I couldn’t help but note the smell of cheap vinyl Ben Cooper costumes (which does not negatively impact either the aroma or taste). Certainly not as sweet as other Trappist ales (although there’s citrus and spices, not so much candi sugar) and definitely more hoppy. Sour notes along the edges as well, not unlike, say, a lambic. Slightly medicinal and bitter floral somewhere in the middle. Drying charactistic persists long after the finish. Quite an enjoyable and interesting experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Bottle. Poured an opaque orange brown with a very large frothy off white head with excellent lacing, body was cloudy with small to medium yeast(?) particles. Aroma was very complex but dominated by cloves and citrus. First taste notes, bitter, alcohol, cloves, slightly salty. Tasted stronger than listed at 6.9%. It has been years since my last Belgium Ale and it may be this style is not my cup of tea. The spicy bitterness just did not do it for me. The finish was long, bitter and alcoholic. Carbonation was lively and overall the texture was dry yet creamy (can it be both?).

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