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


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RATINGS: 4326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wraith (19) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 A classic Trappist beer, as with all the trappists, alcohol is so well hidden, aroma is sweet rich maltiness with a nice underlying hoppiness (Styrian Goldings and hallertau according to brew like a monk), apparently 38 IBU, though it doesnt taste that bitter to me, the bitterness is so smooth and blends with the rest of the beer so well that it gives me the illusion of a lower bitterness than it actually is IMO. The head is amazing, massive and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2006
Bottled at home. Hazy orange-like color. Long lasting white head. Hoppy, long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. From all trappists this is the only one I can drink every day. Not to strong (for Belgium ).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5650) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle at Loosje, Amsterdam. Very strong, enjoyable Ale. Very distinctive taste, quite bubbly with large head. Complex flavor with lots of fruits and spices. Look forward to drinking more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Immediately took over the glass with an aroma that was immediately apparent and a massive white head that lasted fro awhile. The aroma was spicy, peppery, and maybe a little flowery. The first taste was so carbonated it was tough to taste anything but small bubbles. The flavor improved as I drank this. This was a solid belgian but i think i set my hopes to high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 A very special Trappistbeer, one of his kind due to the special fermentation process. The evaluation when the beer is getting older. I like the beer the most 9 months after filling. A beautiful aroma and a sensational dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
sampled at columbus alefest. very effervescent (sp?), almost champagne like. plae yellowish tan, cloudy. flavor of spice and fruity esters, not much bitterness. smooth flavor and very bubbley mouthfeel. good trappist, but i like the others better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle 52F, Trappist Glass. Bananas, bananas, bananas, lost of fruity esters present in the nose, which was fairly light but again quite filled with bananas. LIght cloudy color, actually supprised me by its light color, with a light and very fluffy head with great lacing. A very light sweet initial taste to compliment the bananas, a bit llike a bannana split, plenty of vanilla, a bit of woodiness, some light chocolate notes, starts sweet and finised fairly dry, with some nice spicyness as well. A medium palate with great carbonation. Nice brew, quite different from what I was expecting, very estery quite good and very unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
Massive, dense off white head. Very fizzy. Tastes very fruity. Medium acidity and bitterness. good beers overall, a little dry for me though. I would probably have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
Drank at "Bieres et compagnie/, from the bottle. Oragne color with a thin fizzy white head. Taste of herbs and other floral flavor. Citrus and some spices (pepper). Dry and light finish but only makes want to have another one!

   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. I’ve had bottles of Orval that I’ve really enjoyed, but this particular bottle isn’t doing it for me.

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