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


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RATINGS: 4158   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3426) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle, 330 ml, bottled on: 22.07.2004, expiry: 22.07.2009; eye: abundance of head, dark orange in colour, hazy, very slight effervescence; nose: floral, hops, spices, citrus; mouth: fruit, yeast, sour, long bitter finale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2006
Dark orange colored, strongly hazy appearance. Big white head. Fine spices, yeast, fruits, mild banana and licorice in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Fruity, yeasty flavor, aftertaste has citrus, dryness and sourness with medium alcohol, flavor differs and is somehow disappointment after great aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
A unique beer. Very aromatic. Colour is orange and has a fizzy/rocky head. Flavour is a bit sour with the right amount of bitterness and alcohol. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Bottled on March 22, 2005. Opened on rating date (February 22, 2006): Pours a rich orange color, extremely thick with debris and flocculated yeast. Masiive pillowy head gives way to great lacing. A very bice looking beer.Aroma is very yeasty, some toffee, mild banana, citrus, bay, and even some rosemary. Flavor varies from other trappists. This comes off more as a saison than a belgian ale, lots of warm citrus and yeast, opposed to the molasses and clove found in the other trappists. This is good in it’s own right, no matter. Flavor is malty initially, lots of caramel and sweet toast, followed by a massive, saison-like yeast riot, followed by a warm and mellow citric moment, then a warm, bitter alcohol note. Unfortunately, there’s also a bit of metal in there as well. Very different from what I had expected, but very nice, nontheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 a nice trappist beer with a very strong hop and spice with a bit of critris tastes.a amber color with a nice foamy head which leaves a bit of lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Hmmm. This one is a bit different. Aroma was that of sour fruit and yeast. Flavor was a bit strange and kinda dry. It’s not to bad ar all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 17, 2006
Color was a pale orange. Aroma had a lat of fruit, vanilla, and sweetness. Taste was much better than I expected. Some pleasant fruity sweetness and some really nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. This is a great beer...and it really sets itself apart in style from many other belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2006
Orangey amber, cloudy with a nice white head, leaving lacing. Complex aromas of fruity caramel with some sourness. Sourly sweet with good bitterness, ending dry with warming alcohol. Well-carbonated. A world classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle at Blå Rock Cafe in Tromsø poured into an original Orval glass. Pale orange colour. Thick white lasting head with lots of dimples. A bit oily aroma. Some rummy flavours. The palate is acidulous. This is a refreshing, fruity and aromatic drink. Very good, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 This was a very interesting beer. Pours a hazy golden orange into the glass with a nice fluffy head and a nose of hops, spice and some citrus, tart candy and something else that I’ve smelled before but for the life of me can’t remember at the moment. It’s definitely unique. Medium body with a taste of spice, hops and is moderately dry. Have never tasted another beer quite like it. Very good!!

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