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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Served in my Orval glass. Copper orange with a fizzy white head. Some Belgian lace as expected. The aroma gives of lemon-lime, dust, dish soap, and some heavy floral notes. Lots of brett character. Too much in my mind. The carbonation is very aggresive. Very dry. Iíve had bottles of Orval that Iíve really enjoyed, but this particular bottle isnít doing it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2006
A beautiful nose - reminds me of flowers and a summer day. Champagne-like bubbles and a crisp palate with an outstanding head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Very smooth, complex yet mild flavor. Cloudy appearance. Carbonation is medium-low and never overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Cloudy, amber-orangish brew. Huge frothy off-white head. Very strong floral-tart aroma. Very smooth, grapefruit-sweet, gentle warming, with notes of pepper. Very light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled: 01/31/2006. Cloudy golden-orange appearance; off-white head with good retention and beautiful lacing. Pleasant, sour nose, showing belgian sugar and floral hops. Iíd almost guess this was from Fantome... Pleasant carbonation, tartness; malty background, suggesting mint and spice (pepper); light-to-medium finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz. for $7.50. Poured a rich amber color with thick off-white head. Dryer than expected, however features an overwhelming character of numerous fruits, yeasts, and hops. Couldnít sink it all in before it was gone.... but this was something else!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gladstone (23) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 One of my favourites as always. Itís so bloooody good I could drink a crate on mye own and still ask for more. Very very very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11715) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled 01.24.2006. Pours amber with a tall, huge foamy off-white head that diminishes a little and goes rocky with some sticky lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity malt (meal, hay), yeast (grass, bread, earth), wood notes, grape, pear and apricot as well. Medium acidity and bitterness, slight sour yeast then malt flavor, alcohol burn at the end, flowers and earth, grassy hay notes. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Very dry Belgian Ale with a great aroma and appearance. I will have to try again due to the amount of bubbles in the beer. Almost like a dry Champagne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
I have heard a lot about this beer and never tried it, and then i went to a local store and they had 2004 vintage bottles of it, so I figured why not give it a try. The aroma was a good belgian ale that had a great hop presence with yeasty aromas as well, and there was also a nticeable aroma of brett...I didnt know any trappists breweries really used brett. anyways it was a nice subtle addition to the beer. The flavors were very nie throughout this beer. Typical belgian ale, but somehow extremely dry and refreshing, noce and complex but no wehere near demanding or ovrepowering. The brett also added a great dimension to the favor with just a little bit of sourness or tart in the finish. A good beer, that I would not mind trying again....and again.

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