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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orangish copper colored body under a large frothy and creamy bone white head with great retention and lacing. I just love those craggy heads that tower up over the rim of the glass with no intention of running over the sides. Aroma is fruity and funky and beautiful. The brett is there, but maybe not as fully developed versus some of the older bottles that I’ve had. A little citrus, some hops, and a dozen other things that I can’t specifically identify. Kind of floral in character. Flavor is dry with plenty of funk and brett. Some leather, yeast, alcohol, hoppiness, sugary and slightly tart at the same time, and somehow the malt is still there below this all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with alot of foaming carbonation. Finishes bone dry with lingering tart bretty goodness. Overall, I can’t really do this beer justice. It’s a classic, love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s unique and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
This had a nice long lasting head of decent size.Color was a nice golden color.Aroma was quite strong of grass,hops.It tasted a bit sour and had a deep barly influence.Finish was dry and bitter.Good,but a bit too dry for me.will probably buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigHarryDeehl (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
Very interesting aroma, for a Belgian. Nice flavor profile for this yeast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006 does not count
pours amber with a powerful cushiony head that never seems to go away. Mesmorizing floral aroma with notes of rose petal, lavender, nutmeg, and white pepper. Fizzy mouthfeel. Chalky, floral, and earthy tones combine with exotic hoppiness and finish dry and champagne like. Underneath lays restrained and balanced brettanomyces characteristics. A truly unique,exotic, and unmatchable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Bottled. Had an excellent, citrus flavor with a sharp finish, like a radler. Strong carbonation makes this easy to drink. I was very impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
bottle. murky amber golden color. fruity aroma. very fruity and carpy. lots of yeast and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Pours gold, with big white billowing head that lasts. Strong aroma of yeast, souriness, and some hops. Tons of carbonatoin bring a dry souriness to the nose and palate. Residual bitterness a bit harsh, but the beer is a bit young.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
One of the Trappist beer´s with a good tast of hops and that make´s it a nice beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwinch1 (6) - USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
Great flavor and good aroma. Full hop flavor and a wonderful finish. Golden color and light colored head that lasts longer than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 nice aroma, fruity and malty, great flavor, sweet and a bit fruity and light hops, sour and lasting finish.

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