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


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RATINGS: 4325   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
nice cloudy citrus yeasty hop aroma and flavor. texture is a little chalky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 1 of O’brien’s Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. Pours golden with lots of carbonation, there is a little white head, the aroma is faint but intriguing. The taste is sweet and citrusy with a nice light malty edge. Very good always a good choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6553) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Stylish. Not always able to live up to its reputation. Found everywhere in the holy land, Belgium. Always a favorite. I don’t need fancy beer talk to say, I like Orval.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2012 Pours a wonderful hazy orange/amber colour, with a thick and firm head. A very earthy, complex aroma with citrus, orange, yeast, and a little wood. Quite light in body, perfect carbonation. The flavor is very dry with a frim bitter finish (actually too dry to get a really high score). Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2007
bottled on 10/24/2002 - This brew pours up a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing. The yeast sediment is very fine. The aroma is complex is notes of yeast, citrus, spice, and a bit of the funk that I associate with lambics. That last was a surprise, but not bad. It’s in the taste a little bit too. The flavor is dry and very well balanced with those citrus, spice, and funky notes all in there. Medium bodied and lively on the palate, this is a very drinkable ale. It’s also held up well over time. The Trappist monks have done it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4872) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 3 month old bottle (dated 11/04/2006), poured in English pint glass. Created immense stalagmite of dense creamy foam; had to settle a few minutes to pour more. Whole earth, with slight corn and chiclet gum scents. Started it with a very spicy shrimp/pasta dish, the fire of which the alcohol immensely amplified; I had to quickly wolf down dinner, cleanse my palate, and get back to the beer. Orval at first doesn’t seem to have a lot of taste, just dryness, but as I see the glass down, it has a slightly caramel-woody front, and a dry-hoppy finish; this beer is multifaceted and satisfying. Only the cottony cobwebs of lace are left now. Even though this is dangerously drinkable already, I think its not quite yet "come together" as intended, and will sample an older bottle in the future. You gotta love the holy men who brew beer exactly as Jesus set forth in the (apocryphal, according to some) Gospel of Fermentations. Note: bottle says 6.9 % ABV instead of 6.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2007
bottle. deep apricot color with thick frothy off white head and carbonation. spicy, yeast, citrus, rich malt, apricot, small sugar aroma. smooth and creamy but with a definite bite. spicy and dry. fig or apricot is the fruit. very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Blonde copper color with a huge white head . Aroma of fruit and citrus. Some Bitter from the hops and a good amount of spiceness. Good full finish. Great Beer!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a thick creamy white head, lots of carbonation, light amber color, slightly hazy, good noble hop aroma with a little funk, light malt, slight caramel flavor with a wonderfull dry brett finish. One of the most refreshing beers ever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (3121) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
huge thick foamy textured head, intensely aromatic; orangish amber color. citrusy malty caramel yeasty hoppy nose. curious sweet yet bitter complexity. Fabulously sublime beer. I bow down. Had this from a bottle at Bodega downtown.

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