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

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RATINGS: 4104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2006
I really donít understand why this beer is rated so highly. It is a decent beer, but itís no 98. However, I pretty much have to give this one at least a 15 overall because it is a belgian trappist ale. Too carbonated (is this because of age?), which detracts from the flavor for me. Next....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle: Pours a orangish color with a frothy off-white head that is fully lasting until the bottom of my trappist glass. Aroma is sweet, fruity and hoppy. Flavor starts sweet (tarty) and finishes with a bitter dry bite. A well balanced and tasty beer that I canít wait to try again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swiseman (449) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
sweet aroma, light and creamy head; rich amber in color. thick mouthfeel and some taste of alcohol without being overpowering. coffee/chocolate finish. good, but nowhere near my favorite Trappist.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bp (830) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Orange color with a thin head. Hoppy and dry. I think I taste a little alcohol too which is odd for only a 6.2 ABV. Good overall brew but I prefer Chimay Blue (when I canít get a Westy of course).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2006
orange colored pour. the last of the trappist that i have yet to try. rich hoppy and malty, with a slightly sour finish that was not in any way upleasant to me. a really good highly drinkable ale, something that i would love to drink, except a single cost almost 6 usd.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle: Maybe just my bottle, or my storing method, but it poured pure head, nothing but foam, a little diaappointing for such a well liked-known beer. The aroma is quite nice. Rather sweet, the aromas included honey, grass, yeast, cinnamon/nutmeg, bannana, wheat, etc. Different tasting than I was expecting as well. It was not nearly as complex as the aroma. Kind of doughy in taste. A bitter bite to finish gave it a nice palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
Amber colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Heavy fruity and malty aroma. Great taste of fruit. Good lacing. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 330 ml bottle. Huge white head. A white layer of foam stays with you all the way through to the bottom of the glass. Well carbonated. Aroma is of spicy and earthy hops, clearly dry-hopped ones. This beer is something of its own. Some malt sweetness hides behind the hops, but it is the crisp hops that dominate throughout. Dry aftertaste. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. A classic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
330mL: Pours a cloudy medium brown/red color. Big white head, good sized bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit(plum?) , hops, sweet. Fizzy, floral taste, slightly alcoholy. Smooth taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Caramel, fruit and hops on the nose. You can keep smelling just to enjoy. Pours a beautiful cloudy dark golden color with a head to be proud of. Flavor loses me a little. A lack of balance and the dryness is a little overdone. It stays on the palate and is actually better in the back of mouth than on the front. Still a classic that all should try.


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