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

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RATINGS: 3664   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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2004
pours a nice dark orange color, big, fat, white sudsy head with a fair amount of lace clinging to the glass. very fruity smell, especially of pineapples. I can see why so many people taste oranges... the finish is surprisingly bitter and very dry. Not as much character initially as some other belgians I've tried, but the aftertaste lingers forever, kind of makes you think about it for awhile...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monterey (8) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2004 does not count
a little cloudy orange color. Nice pear-bannana aroma. Tight carbonation. Overall very nice. I had to assure the checkout girl that it really was $3.89 each.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1185) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Trappist Ale reminded me of champagne in almost every aspect. Pours light, bubbly, and into a wine glass (which was all that was available for me), it looks remarkably like New years Eve bubbly. Smells the same... champagne. It is nicely carbonated, and goes down easily, but I'd have no urge to drink it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
XL tan head, great retention, rocky, lots of lace. Hazy orange/copper color. Yeasty, citrusy nose. Medium body, effervescent. Good malty, bready flavors. Lightly acidic. Good hop flavor and bitterness. Finish is dry with a pleasent fruityness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Murky orangey/amber colour with a nice light tan head that hung around the whole time. Loved the bitterness with hints of cheese, caramel and nuts. Medium to full body and a lovely mouthfeel. Re-rate April 24th 2006 Murky orangey/amber body with rocky white head. Initial aroma as I was pouring this into the glass was hints of strawberry but now more oranges and apricots. Bitterness in this is still what I like in this beer, some spice and cloves, balanced alcohol and a lovely lasting medium finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
Dark gold in colour with a small head if poured into its own chalice. Has a super spicy aroma with bananas and oranges. Flavours are very bitter oranges and pith. Nice foam in the mouth feel. Has a very long dry finish. A good hoppy trappist beer that is pretty unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours cloudy amber with some chill haze. *Huge* head, minimal lacing. Smells of bananas and cloves. This would have tasted a lot better, I'm sure, had I not just had a Duvel. This is good but not *that* good. It's fruity and spicy as it should be. This is right in between the Duvel and NB's Trippel. It has an astrigent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and drinkability is good except for the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Deep copper color with a huge head. Aroma is yeast, banana's and malt. Taste starts sweet but becomes bitter and spicy with a dry aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (379) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Nice orange color with a quite large head. Pretty complex blend of flavors, with orange, banana, clove, spice, cherry, hops... Very interesting. A little pricy but worth a repeat tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Beautiful orangey hazy colour - set off perfectly in its own glass with a lovely lasting whitish head. Taste is a wonderful melange of sourness and bitterness with warming notes. Wonderful funkiness with great hops also. A beautiful drink to be revisited time after time. Score 4.3
Subsequent ratings scored 4.0, 3.9 and 4.5. Average becomes 4.2


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