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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 I first drank Orval in a cafe in Brussels, and Iím a big fan, but Iíve tried to be objective in my rating. Its is a dry, hoppy beer compared to the other Trappists, refreshing and complex. Iíll cut to the chase - a great beer. If youíre reading this and havenít tried it, go out a buy one now! Another retrospective re-rate. Again I got carried away with the final score.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Bottled shared by Odeed! Thanks Jake! Bottled 1/24/06, Appley, caramelly, spicy nose; Slightly hazy orange with a medium tan head; Flavor of cinnamon and cloves, caramel, and yeast with a tinyevidence of hops in the finish. 6/4/7/3/13 3.3 12/11/06 330ml bottle from Bevmo Salinas bottled 5/20/11. Nose is yeast, light cloves, green apples, and a tiny hint of barnyard. Murky yellow orange with a medium, lightly lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is yeasty, a slight bitterness with a small amount of contrasting sweetness, and slight fruitiness. Finishes with light bitterness. Still not my favorite Belgian Ale but smooth and drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (835) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 2007 Bottle 6.9% abv. Bright orange color with large bubbly white head and some lacing. Rich fruity aroma with light hops and perfume like scent. Flavor is great, spicy, light malts and nice fruity hops. Slight alcohol tingle. Complex and well-balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2006
A Really bright citric beer. A little malty. Nice robust flavor. Not my favorite but quite good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 This is almost like malt champagne. Very very lively carbonation, dry, refreshing. Citric and sour flavours. I wouldnít drink this every day, but itís one that I truly enjoy once in a while. I think itís quite unique in style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12930) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Powerfull froral hoppy aroma. Strange fruity/flower flavor (if you can say that fast many times i will give you a prize). No as creamy as expected. Is this the least good trappist?

2.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
11.2 Oz Bottle-31/01/2006. Poured a cloudy golden color w/a fairly large white head. Great floral "Belgian" aroma. Was really looking forward to my first sip from this pour & aroma, but it just didnít deliver. Had a lot of carbination-lots of fizz but no sizzle. Just didnít get the complex, multi level flavor I expect from a fine belgian brew. Some dry citrus flavor but not much more. A definite dissappointment.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 6, 2006
I really donít think this ale is worthy of all the accolades. Yes, it does produce a fine head, and the aroma isnít bad, either, but Iím not detecting all those suble flavor notes that other raters seem to find present (perhaps, I need to contemplate harder). Anyway, lots of carbonation, and a dry finish. Big deal.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Bottle. Poured out a copious off-white head that would lace the glass tremendously. Orangey gold body. Aroma is honeydew and citrusy up front, definite spiciness of cloves and caraway. Bitter at first with a grapefruit like taste that I did not enjoy. A bit astringent, dry, and bitter. Not so good, definitely crisp and smooth but not a particularly full body. I let this one warm up a little bit longer than usual as I was hoping it could redeem itself. It did get better with some more rich flavors becoming evident but it still seemed dominantly grapefruit bitter and was just so-so.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2006
a really unique and excellent, albiet expensive, beer...Aroma of floral hops, some alcohol, pours a substantial head. hazy orange/amber color, super crisp dry taste with no finish, the beer just goes down as if it were never there. Give this a try.


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