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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4298   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scania (188) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Orange. Aroma of horse blanket (from wild yeast strain). Apricot in flavor. Dry and bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a wonderful orange and amber that at first appears somewhat brown once in the glass but fairly quickly develops a massive, solid and rocky head. Hops and yeast come forward mostly scentwise, with some clean but doughy malt. Flavor is fairly dry and attacking, but with some noticeable spice. Thereís also a slight herbal taste to it. Overall, an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Pours a brownish amber with a substantial frothy head. Aromas of bubble gum, plum, yeast, cloves and licorice are a treat. Flavors are heavy on cloves and plums with yeasty grain, anise and caramel lurking in the shadows. Nicely blended, but a bit of a thinner mouthfeel than expected... may improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy copper color with a large, fluffed out, fizzy, white head and some serious sticky, chunky lacing. At first, I noticed a hoppy aroma which surprised me, but then I read the commercial description and I understood why. I also picked up a strong yeast aroma. It had the usualy hard core yeast taste, small alcohol lingering presence, grapes and mild bananas. It has a fairly dry feel which I assume are from the hop presence. Not bad - not too over the top like some others in this style that I havenít enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Slightly hazed orange pour with large fluffy white head. Aroma is bready maltiness and Belgian yeast. Flavor is light toasty malt, yeastiness, a with a touch of brown sugar and some wheat as well. Finishes with just a bit of sweetness. Medium body with aggressive carbonation not much bitter but very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottled. Pours a hazy light amber with a towering, fluffy, lacy off-white head. Flowery aromas of fruit and spice. Medium body with fine carbonation. The taste is spicy, lightly sour, with orange peel, grass, nuts. Dry bitter-spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Pours an orange/copper color with a large, rocky, white head. Aroma is hoppy, clean, and floral. Dryness of the beer is very refreshing. Complex flavor profile includes dry hoppiness, spicy bite, and of course, yeasty. A definite favorite of mine, the only Trappist I can claim to have bought a case of! Seek it out and try it for yourself, you wonít be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2006 does not count
Large tan head that deminished all too soon. Cloudy amber with good carbonation. Light palate with very good flavor. Great beer to have again and again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Nice cloudy golden look with a thick large head that stays for awhile.The aroma was very nice and sweet with traces of leather and grass. The taste was complex with flavors of fruit and spice. It also had a touch of grass and white raisens to it. Finished strong with a long dry mouthfeel and hoppiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5798) - 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 Iíve had. A little citrus, some hops, and a dozen other things that I canít 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 canít really do this beer justice. Itís a classic, love it or hate it, thereís no denying itís unique and complex.

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