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

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RATINGS: 3883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1753) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 Vintage: Nov 2007
Consumed: July 2010

Not sure cellaring really worked on this occasion. Aroma is still a wonderful combination of sour fruits, pepper and old wood, but the palate has flattened somewhat leaving a base of mild pepper and slate. Quite fizzy, which perhaps suggests the beer is lively but in reality no really going anywhere.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: August 2005 (3.8)

Golden orange in colour, quite vibrant. Pours a big fizzy head. Very unique nose, massively herbally and peppery, strikes me as a Rhone syrah or a cool climate Australian shiraz (think Craiglee). I guess this is the hops at work. More herbal, leafy notes in the mouth, some pepper, very dry. I can’t get over the Rhone characters - quite fascinating. Not all perfect through as the palate does lack some weight and sweetness, doesn’t really penetrate on this front. Even so, great beer to experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
Orange coloured, stable and thick white-yellowish head. Aromatic nose of a combination of hops, spice, dried citrus peel, vegetable. Taste is sparkly bitter, herbal, grapefruit and vegetables bitterness. Flavor of citrus. Mild body, easy to drink, rich mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2005
Poured a enormous fluffy off-white head, took me 5 minutes to get the thing into a glass. Aroma was strange, very hoppy with a slight skunky waft. The first sip was dry and very malty with a sharp hoppy bite. As the beer warmed to room temperature the taste improved dramaticaly, the hops were more pronounced and the slight musky/skunky undertone vanished. A great beer, would like to taste one a little fresher though.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, real nice pour. a little yeast and lots of bubbles tells of bottle conditioning. sturdy with dense foam. nice aromas of citrus fruit, bright hops, bread and alcohol. soft, creamy mouthfeel. i’ve always thought of this as the belgian pale ale. bright hop flavor, rich malt with an old musty dusty essence, a slight sourness and a balanced bitterness that lingers. great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3103) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Bottle - 330ml at Bières & Compagnie, Montréal. Nice cloudy amber/orange body topped with a thin but lasting off-white foamy head. Rich, complex and fresh hoppy/fruity/spicy aroma with some flowery and pepperish hints that hides the alcohol pretty well. Taste is a hard-to-describe mix of various flavors of fresh hops, malt and yeast with notes of fruits, spices, herbs and pine. Its robust bitter/sour finish is very long. An obvious choice for a 500th rating!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2005
huge fluffy white head on top of a golden brown. i love a beer with head like this. taste is slightly bitter with a touch of orange. has a nice smooth mouthfeel. wonderful lacing all over the glass. you will enjoy this wonderful brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 I must rate this beer from having it fresh in Belgium where it is much different. Very grassy Saaz hop nose with candied lemon and a touch of Bretty green apple. Pillowy head that makes your nose extremely pleased with the gas release. a different beer altogether than we get here.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2005
i can definitely taste the bitter orange. at first i found it repulsive. but after a couple more sippings i learn to enjoy its unique style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours out a coppery color with the finest beaded head I have ever seen. Looked like whipped cream or something. Lacing all the way down the glass. Spicy, almost winey aroma. A bit more hop balanced than the other trappists. I’m not big on the Brettanomyces flavors in the finish though. Tastes a little too much like barnyard for my liking. The beer is great, right up until that last little horse flavored finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2005
33cl bottle, BBD 17 07 2007...This is the oldest bottle I have in my cellar...today it would be just over 2.5years in the bottle, or about halfway to that BBD. Cellar temp. Pour into Orval Chalice. Copper color supreme, thick head, racing bubbles, lots. Smells of perfumey musk, sweet lovely flowers of an unknown origin. If I smelled a woman like this, I would do anything for her...well...slight leather and straw round out the aroma that seems to fill my basement. I can’t express the mellow elegance of this beer. Rusticly refined...light effervescence, a bit bitter, malts are noticable, spicy as tarnation. This beer just whisks down my throat. The head holds and leaves some nice lace. THis beer is truly an experience to dazzle the senses. luckily, the Cannonball Aderley Sextet featuring Yusef Lateef and Joe Zawinul is playing on my stereo...I think the track list somewhat decribes this beer...Autumn Leaves, Dizzy’s Business, Primitivo, Jive Samba, This here, Bohemia After Dark, Never say Yes, Peter & the Goats, New Dehli...Many like Orval best fresh, but this one has made a huge impact on me. If only all of them turn out so lovely with time, I’ll be quite happy.


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