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


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RATINGS: 4010   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1984) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pours pours coppery orange with bubbly tan head. Smells intensely of orange/grapefruit and, woody cedar, hoppy. Hoppy citrus carries over into the flavour. With a warming alcholic finish that remains fairly smooth with a slight metallic aftertaste that isn’t displeaseing..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Unusual tasting, to say the least. This stuff must be an acquired taste. The quality is evident and I did appreciate it more as I drank but at $5 a bottle I won’t be acquiring too many. The taste for me finally settled at a sourdough pretzel and grapefruit peel punch. The head and lacing were milky and thick and lasted throughout glassfull.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 First rating on monday, july 18, 2005: 9/5/8/3/18 total 4.3. A very refreshing beer that has a bit of an aroma of hops and malt. If you would dislike it the first time, try again. It gets better. (Bottle 33cl) Re-rate Mysterious cloudy orange coloured beer with a nice white head.Waw, very complex aroma, very refreshing. Perfectly balanced complex flavour with nice dry and bitter finish. Perfect on a hot summer eve or a cold winter night or an average afternoon. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 I’ve tried to enjoy Orval several times thinking there was something wrong with me. I thought perhaps the bottles I had were bad. I thought my palate might not have been mature enough. I’ve tried to reason with the rampant praise of Orval fanatics, but I simply don’t like Orval. On my last tasting I found the appearance quite remarkable, I can’t deny. As it warmed, the nose actually became enjoyable, with its slight lambic-like sourness. However, I just can’t get in good terms with the flavor. The bitterness of the hops collides with the tart brett character and finishes with a surprising amount of alcohol. I can’t help but grimace after each sip. Its a combination I would expect from an abrasive. 7/15/2005: Reminds me of a high gravity witbier with a very particular chalky dryness and citrusy soap-like flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
33 cl Bottle. Golden in colour, nice fast head. Hoppy aroma. Very dry taste of hops and some bitterness in the aftertaste.The most hoppy of the trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (624) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
A very unique and very good beer. Orange amber in color with a huge, foamy, slightly off-white head. Aroma is sour malt and spiced apples. Flavor is fruity(apples and pears), spicy, herbal, earthy and incredibly dry. Reminds me of a brut champagne. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a long, bitter, smoky finish. I liked this one a lot and I agree with the general consensus that everyone should try this at least once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schuimkroaat (426) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Dark orange with a golden hue, a little misty. A solid and well-sized off-white head that laces wonderfully. Hops, in all their fullness, take over in the nose, which also detects geuze-like rancidity, lemon and wood along with just a hint of metal. Dry and bitter from head to toe (though mellower and juicier if young), bearing also some ‘wild’ sourness. This hop festival does rest on a very convincing, juicy, malty body. The following is a rating for a very old bottle, produced probably in the 1970s, or even earlier (according to the brewery in their reply to my e-mail). Obtained as a gift from friends: aroma 8, app. 4, flavour 8, palate 3, overall impression 16, total score 3.9 . The bottle went ‘psssssst’ when I opened it. Pours dark orange amber, slightly darker than young Orval, with a strong haze and a lot of tiny, dispersed yeast particles (I had kept the bottle in the horizontal position in the fridge for several days). Initially several millimetres of volatile, lacy, large bubbled head, which disappears within seconds giving it a quite lambiek-like appearance. The aroma is also rather lambiek-like, dry and lactic acidic but softer, without the typical oude geuze rottenness and the oak wood notes. Also a rich flowery bouquet. The resemblance to lambiek is at its strongest in the mouth: dry, acidic, light citrus touch, even the bitterness is like that weak one of aged hop flowers, only really expressed in the aftertaste (and this one is gentle, but sharp and long) as found there (rather than the typical Orval ‘hop power’). Only that heavy, old oak wood pungency is missing. Light to medium body with a gentle, cuddly prickling sensation. When the bottom 2 cm or so are poured, the potion becomes very turbid and the colour turns much darker - light brown, like milk chocolate (or chocolate milk ); but still with a strong orange hue to it, without affecting the taste much - it just becomes somewhat (more) yeasty (surprise, surprise). All in all, still very drinkable. And very special.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3342) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 Pours to a huge foamy, rocky, fully lasting white head with awesome lacing. The body is a hazy copper color. The aroma is sour, fruity, spicy, wonderful. MMMMMM.... The flavor is good. Very spicy, earthy, cigar tobacco, esters. Good minerally aftertaste. The palate is rich, creamy, lively carbonation. I highly recommend picking this up. Very tasty. I suspect this is a love it or hate it beer.

Resampled a bottle on 4/22/2006. The bottle vintage is 4/1/2005. Listed at 6.9%. Still as great as ever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2005
22 Dec 2004 - The aroma has a fruity, full earth complexity. Deep cloudy orange/brown and a good head and lacing. Very steely fruit complexity, that is not to my liking. Big bitter and barnyard/metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2005
poured a cloudy amber with a nice head. Aroma is hops, citrus, and apples. Flavor is a dry, fermented grape flavor. Good beer, but my least favorite Trappist, so far.

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