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


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RATINGS: 3956   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Bottled 6/24/05, Sampled 10/24/06: Pours dark amber with a big dense white head, long lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is barnyard funk, musty, earthy, some lemon and pineapple, malt is bread and caramel. Very dry, bitter hops, lots of citrus, sour bretty funk, earthy and musty. Carbonation is sparkling. Texture is light, finish is short, dry, bitter and sour all at the same time. Very refreshing, terrific stuff. 9/5/9/4/19 4.6

Bottled 6/24/05 enjoyed on 4/21/06: The extra six months of age have been magical. more funk + more dry = perfect score 10/5/10/5/20 5.0

Bottled 4/1/06 enjoyed on 4/22/06 They can’t all be perfect. This one was a hugh disapointment. It was thin in flavor - malt, hops, brett and also thin bodied. This bottle is keeping me from giving a perfect score. 8/5/7/3/14 3.7

Bottled 4/11/06 Enjoyed on 11/7/06. Now this is what is all about. This is why I love beer. Delicate bready malts, spicey, herbal hops and a musty, funky, tartness from the brett. So dry, yet the beer is not even the slightest bit thin. Perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1480) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle: Cloudy orange colour with a heavy lacy head; fruity sweet aroma. First sips are full of character, fruity, sweet with yeast. Last sips are much more simple and lose a lot of the initial complexity, still an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
This is a very good trappist beer. Rich red color with a very strong bananna aroma with a hint of spices. Starts very smooth and finishes with a peppery hoppy taste. This beer is best served slightly below room temperature. This one got better the longer it was allowed to breath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Deep cloudy amber with a full, off white rocky head. Initial aroma of bread and yeast, followed by an earthy note. Slightly sour taste accented by some malt sweetness, and some woody, spicy flavors. Finish is surprisingly dry, slightly bitter. The more you drink it, the more complex it becomes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1134) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Long have I sipped from an Orval glass. Long have I placed that glass on an Orval coaster. And long has it been since these surrogate replacements met their long lost bretheren: the beer itself. It was about time I had formed the “triumvirate”, so to speak. The reunion between the Orval beer and its accoutrements was significant in itself, but the Orval beer itself was a radically different and enlightening experience. It was how I felt when I spent a semester in Japan; disparate, refreshing and engaging. The beer is a mountainous wood color, kind of earthy, with a bumpy, off white foam. There was a lot of lemon in the smell, but something else I’m still having trouble putting into words. When I smell Orval I smell stone and dirt, like the odor of ancient ruins. I can’t say why exactly, but the aroma of Orval brings me to the precipice of early civilization, around columns and through old markets. It’s a transcendental feeling. The taste of Orval is citrusy and soapy, but like gourmet soap. We’re talking about sipping from the soap dispenser at a luxury 87th floor hotel in Monaco type of soapy taste. This is no peasant’s soap; this is the stuff King’s wash their hands with when they’re done shaking hands with filthy philistines. Also unexplainable is the galvanizing effect on my salivary glands. Before drinking this beer and during it I was salivating like a hungry dog at a steakhouse. I mean, I’ve drooled copiously before, especially in sleep, but this was a dehydrating rate of salivation. Overall, the Orval produced a distinguished flavor. It is not the kind of taste I expect from Trappist, but a new flavor I hope to try again soon, if only from this singular source. I also now know the worth of my branded beer equipment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3874) - - OCT 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 cloudy peachy orange color. large rocky off white head. bouquet like aroma of fresh flowers and hops. peachy lemony fruity flavor. kind of sweet and hoppy. bitter. sharply carbonated like soda. dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Daredevil (76) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2005
the legend ... pour this brew from the thiny bottle (which btw doesn’t look anything but special) into a burgundy glass and you will know why ... actually the foam looks like the fermentation would be in full process ... besides the looks smell and aroma all in harmony and balance ... drink this one slow and taste how the aromas change over time ... unique ....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a soft offwhite head. Fruity aroma. Quite pleasant to inhale. Bittersweet light citrus flavor, with a hint of hoppy pine. Interesting flavor, almost like a tripel mixed with an IPA. Nice soft mouthfeel, good carbonation but not too much. Interesting beer to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2005
Unclear amber beer, white soft yellow foam. Aroma of malts, peel of nuts, hop and wood. Taste is nutty and dry biiter. The beer has a long caracterfull afthertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 Very nice aroma. fruity, sweet nose. Nice rocky head that stays long, lots of bubbles. Appearance is orangish, almost rusty. Very different from most ales. Medium bodied, lightly bitter, lightly sweet and fruity. A great balance of it all too. Faint hops in this. Sticky texture, but a dry, long finish. Strong carbonation though. I love this beer.

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