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


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RATINGS: 4033   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. One of my favourite beers! Hazy amber colour with a fantastic and creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Nice lacing. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, yeasty and it also has fruit notes, but it is perhaps the weakest part of this wonderful beer. Body is lively yet extremely dry. Taste is spicy and fruity with a light sourness. Orval is truly a pleasure. One of my top ten beers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
I f’n LOVE the aroma of this product. I love the smell of brett, without too much on the flavor side of things. I also can’t believe I hadn’t rated this before, as it has been a favorite for a couple of years. Unique style of blonde ale, lighter than most Belgian ales. Like a cross between a pilsener and a Belgian strong. Complex, dry, refreshing. Does this give anyone else a headache?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours a hazy orange almost honey brown, nice creamy head the whole time. Big ruby red grapefruit flavor with big hoppy bite, slight apple fruitiness, but the hoppy bite was very big, not really my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Orval pours an inviting orange/amber with a large and fine-bubbled head that seems intentionally crafted with the smallest of bubbles. The nose is strongly sweet from the flavors of caramel and perhaps peaches mixed wth a light alcohol presence. This beer tastes strongly of nearly british, caramel-tasting malts. This is accompanied by a light spice and the smallest citrus presence - certainly more orange than lemon - and, wait, perhaps that caramel was more apple. Holy cow, this is a great beer, rather different than the others in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Pours a hazy orange with airy white head. Orange prominent in the nose. Also bananas and aprictos, spices. Lively. Dry, bitter finish. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, but I thought this beer came up short, esp. for $6 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 re-rate. rated this in my early days of rating, thought it deserves another go! Apple skins on the nose, very feint citrus notes, hoppy, a little sourness. Pours a light amber gold with a beautiful white head that looks like cotton. Hoppy dry taste with hints of sourness, a little bit of the apple skins are detectable, with hints of citrus. Very good, this is one of my favorite of the trappists. ...................... This does vary differently from the Trappist beers i’ve sampled. It actually reminds me of a flemish sour in a way. It pours blonde. The flavor has a lot of fruit, apple cider, the middle has a sourness to it, then it has a smooth finish. Its great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (571) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Golden Blond. The head fills up the glass if you’re not careful. Smells very fruity, like white wine, with subtle hints of spice: cinnamon and clove.Very bubbly The taste is a bit metallic, but it has that pleasant cinnamon and clove flavor in the aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Dirty orange, nearly opaque in murkiness. Huge pillow like head without a sticky lace. Flake coriander spices floating in depth of my Orval glass. The flavor opens up the more I drink it. Started off dry hopped, licorice roots, coriander, and peppers, almost intimidating. Then the fruits started popping out more and more, earthy, banana and orange peal. Finished dry with a complex lingering spiciness. So much going on with this ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is fruit, hops, and some yeast. Taste is grassy with fruits, citrus and hops. A rather bitter finish with flavor that lingers in the mouth. You can feel the warming of the alcohol in the finish as well. Those monks sure know how to brew a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2006
This beer had very fresh spicy and fruity smell. Poured a nice white head and had a cloudy orange color. Floral in taste. A little bitter not quite as full bodied as I had hoped. Very carbonated with not much of an after taste. A solid beer just not my favorite.

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