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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%


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Not sure if my rating will show it, but this is my favorite trappist so far. Dry, fruity aroma permeating a thick, velvety head. The color is slightly more bronze than orange, slightly opaque. Sour and bitter dominate the taste. Very balanced. Delicious.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 A shapeshifting brew with seemingly infinite layers of complexity. How this beer is built up is a mystery to me, but every single aspect of it is as impressive as can be.

Peaks at 6 to 12 months of age, when the brett has developed far enough yet the hop is still upfront and assertive.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Aroma: Very complex-Brettanomyces and fruit-apples, pears, and also a vanilla note that is very subtle but adds to the complexity. Some delicate malt also. Some clovey phenols Awesome. Appearance: Iíve had nicer looking beers, although it does have a nice persistent, white head. Dull, darker orange color Flavor: Very dry, fruity, and funky flavor. Mimics the aroma, but with more of the malty notes present. Rustic, woody notes also present themselves in the finish. Palate: Dry but not unpleasant. Some alcohol warmth. Overall: I had one of these years ago and was not that impressed. Iíve decided to revaluate this and man is this beer tasty. Very complex, every time you come back for a sniff or taste, you get something different.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (478) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Ample amount of carb, frothy and long lasting head - honey colored. Smells of oranges, lemons, and short bread. Crispy, malty undercurrent, and long dry finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is one great frigginí beer. WOW. I know, I know...not real thought provoking. But when you get something this great it can be hard sometimes to put into words how good the beer is. The aroma is just something beautiful to behold (or inhale in this case). Itís slightly sour acidicness made me think of a wine a little, but there was a bit of pepperyness there, some orangepeels and a little bit of funk going around. Appearance is a dark burnt orange color with an incredibly huge fluffy head. This head was so huge you could build something on it and itíd last 50 damn years. HUGE! Mouthfeel was really complex. Just when i thought it was bubbly and carbonated it switched gears and was creamy and light. The flavor though is the best part. Incredibly complex from start to finish. Another reviewer hit it head on, when he said itís a flemish sour, witbier and a saison all combined. I might even go as far as saying itís got a little lambic in it as well. The bitterness factor in this beer is just off the charts. Itís not bitter like IPA or DIPA bitter where the flavor just sort of wears ya down. This is uplifting and intense. This is one of the best beers Iíve had in quite a few weeks. For some reason Iíve not reviewed this beer before, so I guess it was high-time it got going. I recommend this beer to anyone who wants to have a GREAT example of a Belgian ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle. Hazy pour with large white head. Complex sour/fruity taste. This is very odd but not bad at all.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KidA (19) - Morristown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
The legendary Orval... Beautiful cloudy golden rust body with rapidly dissolving head; reminds me of apple cider. Smells and tastes of lemon-hops. Thin but carbonated with lingering sour and spice but little density. Not what I expected but still pretty tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
Fantastic foam but a bit hazy. Intense aroma with a slightly sour tang. Light and refreshing body and a long powerful aftertaste. A classic.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1154) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Perhaps the best looking bottle on the shelf, I had very high expectations. In the bottle for just under one year I found that perhaps this is too young for the Orval. Nice rocky head dies down to a pleasant spotty film. Very inviting nose with citrus and autumn spices. clean, red amber. The taste, a bit muted, I thought. Good hop and spice, very dry, a bit astringent. Perhaps best to pair with food as it would stand up well. Iíd like to try a 3-5 year old bottle, I think a bit of mingling and mellowing could send this beer into the upper echelon. For now, just good.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2006
One of the worlds most fragrant bierís, citrus abounds (dry hopping) plus spice produced from Brettanomyces wrapped together like a work of art. The Appearence is clean & more clear than I remember (additional filtering I suppose) a radient orange amber with excellent head retention....perfect. The flavour has a fine Pilsner like base with carmel undertones. Has aggressive lactic bite, but mellow in the finish, dry yet sweet character of candi sugar. I love to pair this with stinky extra extra sharp cheese but for most palates would overwhelm the dish. Overall outstanding example of a Belgian Specialty beer produced to satisfy even the most descriminating beerlover.


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