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


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RATINGS: 4335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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
alfa (14) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
The champ. if I could only have one bottle of beer in the rest of my life, this is what I would choose. Very complex floral highlights, no yeast overtones, very bitter, very dry as full as flavour ever gets.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2007
from 11.2 bottle. pours clear golden orangy. nice whie head, very carbonated at first. floral smells and a bit of banana, also that chewy smell of belgian yeasts. malty body with dry bitter finish. warms to slightly sour and wheaty taste. bottled in ’04, 6.9% on label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheSexualNinja (9) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark with a huge foamy head. Has a fruity aroma. Fruity flavors as well as earthy flavor undertones with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish make this an excellent trappist brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Cloudy orange, with a big bubbly white head. Yeasty smell, with some fruit. Very Malty, with a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied. Overall quite bland, and was hoping for something more special like some of the other belgium brews i’ve had, quite non-offensive and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to jjd0608. Poured a murky golden color with a lot of carbanoation. Aroma of bananas is present. Taste like a cherry lifesavor. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (5570) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Hazy dark orange colour. Big fluffy head. Aroma has plasters and Bretty yeast. Dry but exceptionally clean feel in the mouth with light vinous acidity and a bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2007
I love this beer! Now - I could lament for days about one sip of Orval. Woody aroma, the sweetness of silage (yeah - I know, weird), fennel, spicy white pepper characteristic and oh so much more. The Brett really shines through in this example - wet dog, barnyard, whatever you call it! Pleasant Brett character leaving also a richness of malt. not really all that sour. Slight acetic quality but faint. Lovin it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentGobshite (25) - peachland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
my very favorite trappist ale! smells like the wood that i work with every day...and i still freaking like it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (1022) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Lubiere!! you are a man of word! Beer presents an orangey and slightly hazy outfit with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma is very singular peaches, lemon, hay, phenols, apples. Tastes of herbs, hoppy, very difficult to describe... Has a werid peppery, spicy, anise feeling with a bitter-caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, VERY (I mean VERY) dry, quenching. Very idiosincratic and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours hazy brownish orange with decent off-white head. Aroma of bananas, some yeast, and citrusy hops. Very dry hoppy flavor with some fruity sweetness. Pretty tasty but doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

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