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


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RATINGS: 4290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Ah yes. A light brown-orange haze pierced through with massive bubbles. Huge 2-inch stark white head that lasts and lasts. Nose is full of varied esters. Aroma gives off predominantly apples, some caramel, citrus, orange, a bit of tart barnyard/hay odor. Taste is similar: funky yeast, apples, honey, caramel, lemon. Not too much spice - was expecting more clove, banana, coriander, and whatnot - but still excellent. A really nice bitter finish that you’re not going to find in very many other Trappists - definitely sets this brew apart from its closest peers. Very high carbonation makes this easily drinkable as does its uniqueness, even for a Belgian brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottled - This pours a hazy orange... Aroma is bitter fruits and very yeasty... Taste is a unique spice with a very tart finish... very carbonated.. Would work VERY well with a peice of white fish... not my favorite trappist.. but good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pours hazy orange hued, with a huge rocky head. Strong yeast, and spice aromas, with large notes of bananas and cherries. Only mild fruit in the flavor, mostly spice and yeast come through, with a slight bitterness on the finish. Palate is light/medium, effervescent, spicy, and lightyl bitter. Overall, a little dissapointing due to the hype over this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
Out of bottle into chalice glass. Nice color and head. Unique aroma and taste; multiple flavors. Long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
there is a strong tase of rose aroma in the nose but the end is quite bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlMalteserHead (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2006
Well, it’s certainly something different. A unique flowery nose, with a nice thick head and cloudy, light amber body, with a flowery taste that gets you on the roof of the mouth, tastes a little sour for me though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. Orange / Amber poor with a small sticky off-white head. Aromas are very floral, spruce, pine, bread, a hint of caramel and oranges. This beer is ever changing. Very good bitterness... good balance with a dry finish. Flavors are preaty much the same, added a hint of pepper and coriander.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
Muddy orange with yeast coming down the sides of the bottle. Head is thin and white, but it stays for quite some time. Very aromatic with banana, oranges and yeast. Quite high carbonated for the style - lots of bubbles. Taste is dry and slightly peppery with another bout of oranges. Fills up your mouth pretty well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Vintage April 06; 6.9%. Pour is a murky, ambery, copper color. with a full, rocky, off-white head which is somewhat lasting and produces nice lacing. Nose is fruity and complex; notes of plum, honeydew, light yeast muskiness, tart notes of sour apple, some clove, maybe some floral and blackberry also. Flavor is a big disappointment sour apple and orange citrus are dominant with a decent amount of bitterness and dust. Palate is medium-light, lively, and dry. Finishes quickly, dry, refreshing, and almost ghostly with citrus and bitterness. From the pour and nose, the beer was huge disappointment. One of the most interesting noses but lacking any depth on the flavor or palate. Not bad but nothing compared to other trappists. I don’t see the appeal to this; it is unique but the beer has no depth or complexity of flavor. Maybe someone could explain to me why everyone thinks so highly of Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2006
Drank a bottle at Kafe Belgie. Highly proclaimed Belgian Trappist ale. Got it served at the right temperature (12-14 C). Really enjoyed it. A fruity and creamy beer with a bit of a dry aftertaste. The amount of alcohol is pretty low compared to the other Trappist beers but I think that’s rather positive.

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