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

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RATINGS: 3746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3165) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown. Aroma is of vanilla and banana. Big old head. Flavor is very complex, I get citrus,hops,grass and coriander all with a sour aftertaste. A very nice brew and proud to have it as my #100.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours a dull orange color with an HUGE off-white head that dies down into a snow covereed mountain shaped mass. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is quite interesting. Sweet fruit, citrus, wet hay and birch. Flavor is very organic, wood-like, nice hop bitterness, barnyard aromas. Body is medium and lots of carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 I expected to like this one more, being a huge fan of the Trappist styles. It pours an amber color with gold highlights, a thick bubbly head that just lasts for days. Very high carbonation. Both the aroma and taste are dry and citrusy. Bitter and tastes a bit like grapefruit. Creamy smooth on the palate. Good, but not my favorite Trappist ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 ORIGINAL RATING (May 20th 2004). [in a chalice] Dark amber. Fluffy, creamy white head. Alcohol aroma. Dry, slightly malty and well hopped, the flavours breaking through the rather apparent alcohol are artificial cherry & orange. Slightly herbal. I really donít see what the fuss about this beer is, itís quite good, but the flavours are all mishmashed and itís not up to any of the other Trappists Iíve tried (which is most of them). It also lacks the drinkability and complexity of most other similar Belgians Iíve tried. I think the fact itís trappist makes a lot of people think its better than it actually is. (2.9/5) Ė I think this bottle may have been mistreated RERATE (July 4th 2004). [in a chalice]. [1st glass, poured without sediment] Clear, orange, thin white head. Hop, spice, orange aroma. Spicy, herbal, hoppy, dry. Over carbonated. (3.3/5) [2nd glass, poured with sediment] Also good, same as before buy seemed more maltyÖ better. (3.5/5). Split total: 3.4/5 (Overall Average 3.2/5)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Big thanks to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with tis one. Pours a cloudy dark amber body with a huge frothy beige head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and of candy malts. Brett and barnyard, cotton candy and peat. The taste is almost beyond description. it is sour grapes mixed with sweet fruity plum, add a funky, spicy, tartness. Wow this is really sour and sweet, and unique. Mouth feel is creamy, silky, leading to sour bitterness, with a sweet bretty finish. My appreciation for this beer grows every time I have it. Fucking fantastic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 A nice amber color with a white, fluffy, lasting head. Aroma is complex -- cidery, sour, musty, red wine, sweet dark fruits. A very dry taste, sour, fruity, and hops throughout. The flavor is pretty interesting. The hops and sourness are interesting to my tastebuds and thereís a goodly amount of dryness in the aftertaste. One of my favorite beers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2004
Es belga, es de abadia... pues eso es una buena cerveza. Tiene un sabor mas afrutado q otras equivalentes ;)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Bottle. Very foamy loose head. HUGE head. Nose is sharp, floral, with hints of fruit, esp., bannana. Very nice cloudy orange/light brown color. Flavor is very dry and almost as sharp. Flavor notes of straw, hops, and bitters are the first notes I pull out. This beer is SOUR as hell. The sourness is like that of watered down lemon juice. The sourness is not completely unpleasant, but it is overpowering, as is the high carbonation. The finish is dry and sour. Overall, the flavor is quite unique, but the combination of dryness, sour, and carbonation is a litle to hard to handle. I like this beer because it is VERY unique. I wouldnít drink this one every day, but it would be good to have this one every once in awhile. Soapy and thin.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Soapy, very foamy head, light tan. Foggy/amber coloration. Aroma is fruity, apples, white wine, and cinnamon. Not nearly as sweet as the other Trappist Brews I have had, almost has a bitter tinge to it. Overall pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A unique beer that is a special treat for me. +++ Sampled from a 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a opaque orange/brown color with a huge orange/tan head that lingers forever and leaves great lacing. The aroma is sour, lightly fruity, a bit bready and has a strong musty funk element. The flavor is tart and sour with a tartness that lingers and is bone dry. There is a moderate dry floral hop element and moderate musty funk. There is a presence that reminds me a lot of champagne. The texture is light and airy, somewhat overcarbonated. Unique.


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