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

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RATINGS: 4100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Re-rate from a 5+ year old bottle with best before date of 06-12-2006. Rediculously funky, stinky cheese, blue cheese, and wierd plasticy phenols. Good farmhouse flavor with tons of funk and cheese. Damn good with 5 years on it. Im gonna go buy more if possible. This is a re-rate from about 3-4 years ago. The pour is amazing-mostly clear deep gold body with lively carbonation and a huge thick cloudy white head and crazy lacing. Aroma is loaded with brett, farmhouse, cobweb-muskty-like, spicy and phenolic, with a slight saltiness. Flavor is also pretty complex, with lots of brett-like characteristics. Slightly tart, bready malts, brett, wild yeast, spicy, musty, and hoppy finish. Very smooth palate and easy drinking. It took me a long time to like this one, and I think I have had some bad bottles that werent up to par this last bottle I had. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dj (538) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Bottle, 330ml. A cloudy golden colour with a good head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with a hint of spice. Taste is fairly complex: yeast, orange, a hint of hops balanced with a little malt, winter berries and clove. High carbonation. The finish is slightly medicinal with a herb edge (maybe corriander) and a little watery. Certainly quite enjoyable, and easily worth the Ä2.20 I paid for it.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1229) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Rerate: Some raters think this is the quintissential beer, while others believe this is way overhyped. I was in the overrated club, but thought Iíd give this a rerate to see if anything had changed. Bubbly white head. I do have to admit, the aroma on this beer is crazy good, so Iíll bump that up to a 10. Just a fruity bouquet...grape, sour, but also a flowery hoppy scent, unusual for a belgian style. However, I taste carbonation, and a very dry aftertaste. I believe that is where this beer falls short, the flavor just doesnít come out and capture you like some other belgians do. Has a mediciney flavor that just isnít quite right. I donít know, I like the hoppy dry finish, but the front side of this beer lacks. BTW...this beer has aged for about a year and a half. <P> First Rating: Bottle. Thick head...what a surprise to have that on a belgian ale. Cloudy orange tint. Fruity beer. Peaches, orange, belgian candy. Smooth but thereís something a bit odd in the aftertaste. This is why points were deducted in the palate category. Not as good as Duvel, and no where near Rochefort Trappistes 10 or 8. IMO this is overrated. Aroma 8 Appearance 4 Flavor 7 Palate 3 Overall 15 Total 3.7

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottled 16 marts 2004(10-5-9-4-19). Dark golden, with a huge head with big bubbles(cremier in the 6 month old); Incredibly deep and very complex nose that explodes of dry hop. It has a great fresh acidity and notes like lemon, grapefruit, citrus, hay, horse, yeast and, and, and, and it is even like you can smell the greatness of the carbonation from the head (fresher in the 6 month); The body is actually quite light, it is very well balanced with a nice acidity. The body aint as dry in a young Orval; It finishes of very bitter and extremely dry, with a lot of the same notes as the nose, the grapefruit steeps out a little more and malt appears. The finish is a little dusty. This is a great, great, great beer, I find it better and more intense when young, though. The rating (the numbers) is for a 6 month old Orval.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Bottled 10/03/2004. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a mod-sized dissipating head into a chalice--also some floaties. I smell hops, some spiciness--pepper, clove, and some other stuff--and some pears, and other fruits as well. Also a little alcohol. Taste follows the aroma well, with the addition of some yeastiness. Very well carbonated--almost too much. Dry earthy finish. Good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daforsto (2) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2006 does not count
Wow! This beer leaves no question why trappistís ales are held in such high regard. A deep rich amber color, pleasant head and a wonderful aroma are the first hint you are in for an experience. A full textured and body, and incredible finis leave no question regarding the exceptional quality of this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2006
Hazy orange amber colour, nice foamy white head. Very fruity nos (citrus, appel) with light malty touches. Full body, light carbonation. Finish is bitter and light alcoholic, somewhat sharp. Not bad, but not really my thing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
Orval is a surprisingly excellent beer -- at least when you have it in Belgium. It is a beer that suffers in long transit, so give it another chance, as fresh as you can get it, whenever you have a chance. Spicy, grassy hop aromas are definitely present and immediately noticable as you pour this hazy, brown mixture into a glass and watch the big, off-white head dissipate into a beautiful lace. Surprisingly, from the looks of it, the malt base is relatively simply with notes of caramel coming through from candi-sugar and nutty yeast aromas pleasantly wafting from the glass. More hops. The taste is nutty, caramelly, and refreshingly dry with, again, a spicy, earthy hop background. Finishes very easy and has a wonderfully appropriate medium-full body and medium carbonation. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2006
Pours a deep cloudy amber with a thick, long lasting creamy head. Small bubbles, sourish Brettanomyces aromas with some fruit. Has a light sourness on the palate which doesnít quite live up to the expectations from the aroma (not necessarily a bad thing). Alcohol is present but not very pronounced. Dry to the taste, apple-musty. Long dry finish. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
bottle. Pours cloudy golden orange with a large, fluffy off white head and some small to medium yeast floaties in the bottom. Appears to be lots of carbonation in the pour. Aroma is interesting, some hops, citrus, flowery, some malt and Iím getting a big dose of cinnamon as well. The taste is amazing, lots going on yeast, spices, citrus, slightly dark fruit and a little cinnamon. Medium body and carbonated. Finish is nice and dry. Very nice.


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