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

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RATINGS: 4299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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%


3.6
   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.

3.9
   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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 This is a very special Trappist ale. There is NO beer in the world that has its bouquet. (Ommegang’s Ommegeddon comes close..) The story on how GOD created this monastery in the early 1000’s is only from Heaven above. Hence the fish on the label... Praise the LORD!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Tasted on 9/29/2006 from bottle (2006 vintage) at River’s Bend - Thanks Matt! Cloudy deep gold color. Very lively carbonation with a big and dense white head. Aroma is damp, earthy, and a little hoppy. Flavor is quite complex and very dry. Starts malty and dry, becomes a little more fruity and yeasty, and finishes slightly sour with a hint of alcohol. This is a challenging beer and truly unique. I definitely need to grab another bottle or three to really explore this beer. Also, the one I sampled is very young, so I think an older vintage might be even better. I’m sure my rating will go up once I get a chance to immerse myself in this intriguing beer again in the future...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Dark amber, with a massive off-white head. The aroma is flowery, wheaty and a bit sweet. A bit flat in the flavor, with a lot of flavors subtle flavors. Nothing jumps out. A bit sour in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3295) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2006
Amber color with a firm head that does not last very long. Malt, fruit and spices in the nose. Medium to full body with some bitterness in the aftertaste. A very complex Trappist beer !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Trappist beer with a sweet, citrussy and yeasty smell and tast. Could it also be that some orange peel is in there. Nice complex flavor. Smooth and round beer, compared to other Trappist beers. 29-09-2006 Second time I have tasted this beer. And it really grows on you. It was a bit cold when it was served, and it clearly got better as temperature raised in the glass. Nice complex aroma and flavor, it is a very drinkable beer and defiantly a top beer!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Murky orange body with 5 or 6 fingers of head, typical of an abbey or trappist ale. Tons of lacing too. Smells sweet, citrussy, and yeasty. Rather complex flavor, tastes citrusy, spicy, piney, slightly sour, but in a good way. I like this beer. It definitely worth the hype!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kpfeifle (25) - Patchogue, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Nice cloudy amber color. A hint of hopps on the nose. Taste was very refined, a nice mix of different flavors. Quite a bit of yeast taste. Really liked this.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
6.2%. Best before 19-09-2009. Pours a massive frothy head, medium orange color. Highly carbonated with geyser like rush of bubbles from base of snifter. Aroma is wonderful and inviting. Orange citrus nose with cloves; light toast and spicy. Spicyness quickly evident in flavor, with some cloves. Not as much malt as expected from nose and this made the presentation seem unbalanced. I know Belgians are defined as being crisp and dry but this was thin and light and this was complicated by the big alcohol warmth, which without body to back it was off-putting. I hate to say it but this was almost like a malt liquor in misbalance between alcohol and body. I have to admit that after I stopped thinking about how disappointed I was and just started drinking it as a beer I found it to be more pleasant and quite drinkable. But I’ll take a Chimay anyday over Orval.


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