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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4335   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (415) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 5, 2007
A partly cloudy orange and copper pour with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma was spicy with clove coming through strongest. The clove flavor is also quite prevalant on the tongue. Alcohol came through, wasn’t that well hidden. Light citrus flavor as well. A crisp, dry finish provided by the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
Poured a beautiful dark orange, slightly cloudy, and an awe-inspiring head; light and foamy, white, bulged right over the rim of my trappist glass. Complex aromas - yeast, sweet malt, floral hops. As J_DUB mentioned in his review, it is indeed quite chalky - I suspect this is the dry-hopping. Hops galore! Slightly skunky, the malt is nearly transparent - very little sweetness to it. Strong bitter citrus notes play against grassy hops, making this very refreshing but slightly wanting in terms of balance. Body is slightly thin, carbonation is good (perhaps a bit gassy) and the aftertaste is rich with hops and very dry. I think I’ll wait and try this one again in the summer.

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