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

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RATINGS: 3924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours a beautiful light copper color with an amazing thick head that laces the sides of my St Bernardus trappists glass. My first 10 in aroma this stuff smells amazing... I poured it and sniffed it for a good 10 minutes before I even took the first sip. Almost perfume aroma flowery, hoppy, malty. Just delicious. The taste is earthy, citrus, flowers, malts some corriander and other spices. A lot going on with this one. I can also taste peaches/pears and other sweet fruits. On the palate this is fantastic. So light and carbonated yet so complex. Very sweet and tasty on your tongue. Yet very dry on the finish. So smooth. Lots of flavor and so balanced this one is very tough to find fault with. A very unique and fantastic experience. I recommend this one!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - APR 30, 2005
Very unique beer, I cannot describe it. Very complex aroma and flavour, nothing else like it. Extremely good beer, one of my absolute favourites!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALLOVATE (2486) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2005
As far as beers go, this is a masterpiece of artistic triumph. Complex, clean, complimentary and quenching. The history of the Abbaye D’Orval is enough to give it fame, but the beer itself should make the Benedictine Monks of this Trappist monastery very proud. Tasted from the bottle, at the Belgian beer café, Perth (6.2%ABV Feb ’03). Poured into it’s own glass (a little too cold, though), a lovely big fluffy beige head formed and clung like glue to the glass. The beer itself a hazy caramel orange. Sweet and generous citric, floral and acidic nose, very yeasty and balanced with biting spicy phenols. Fruits like peaches, mangoes and apricots mingled in the leafy and bitter ’hoppy’ aroma, as it warmed in my hands. Very little malt to be found, but just an absolutely lovely bouquet that followed through into the mouth. Extremely dry across the palate, biting but not puckering, clean and grassy. Low vanilla notes, but dominant hops push this to the background. Orange and lemon zest, mangoes, apricots and other fruity esters, and leafy herbs bounce around the mouth, and follow into the long quenching and bitter swallow. Very well rounded, extremely balanced and big in flavour. A truly unique experience and one I am sure to come back to. Cannot fault it. One of the best!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bottle. Orange/red color with good sized rocky head. Aroma is awesome. Cirtus, oranges, farmhouse, dry flowery hops. Nice. Taste is earthy, citrus, dry, spice, and a little salt. Leaves you with a nice dry hoppiness. Wow. Good stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Pours a coppery reddish color. The nose is very spicy and sweet, with pine, and bread. The head is light beige fluffy and long lasting. Although the nose is sweet, the beer is dry with a strong hops component. Very floral and spicy, but dry. Delicious. Extremely unique. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
Very interesting beer. Pours a very unique and striking color. The aroma gives off a lot of of pleasant spices that seem at the tip of my tongue but I cannot iidentify them. Dry crisp ale, with spices that fade to a crisp hop character. Woody. Will drink again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - APR 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Beatifully copper/orange coloured beer with a creamcoloured firm lasting head. Aromas of flowers, freshly cut grass and sage explodes from the glass. The taste is very hoppy, dry but with a hint of sweetness from caramel malt to balance off the hop bitterness and the light sourness that clearly shows through. Very long refreshing finish. A classic (and this one deserves to be considered a classic unlike one or two of the other trappist beers)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Very interesting brew. Aroma was a strong hoppy with spice. Color was cloudy dark amber with a large rocky head. Flavor was very complex of hop with a long finish with a small bite of alcohol. Good brew.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
Orval’s unique among the Trappists, with their one beer, and its very unique style. The flavor is very distinctive--hoppy and ultra yeasty, and is something I crave from time to time--but its not something I’d want to drink on a regular basis.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Tasted 27/03/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Pours a beautiful reddish hued gold with a large white head. Looks spritzy. Nose is bready, spicey and dry wood. Flavour, delivered in light champagne-like mouthfeel, is extremely dry and hints at bitter oranges, pith, cinnamon and anise. A pretty clean palate leaves just a touch of the spicey wood hop flavour. I wouldn’t drink this everyday but I’d never turn it down. World class.


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