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


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RATINGS: 4290   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head. This head does not go away! It is incredible! Aroma is fantastic, smelling grapefruit and citrus. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen, but a sweet version. Leaves a nice sweet taste at the finish. A little spice is in the flavor as well. A little too much carbonation but it doesn’t take much away from the beer. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 Pours a Deep Golden/orange with a huge frothy head that stays. Aroma is right out of the monastary, musty, earthy, and dusty. I bet the aroma is just like being in there storage cellers. Taste is huge floral petal leaves and sweet hops. Too much for me though. Re-rate: After trying this a few times at different ages, Its not too much for me!!! 1 year on it was great!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkarlo (13) - SERBIA - JUL 23, 2006
Golden orange color. Slight aroma of citrus and honeysuckle. Flavor is a slightly sweeter version of a hefeweizen with corriander and clove, some flower hops to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerio (48) - USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 So dry, it slaps you in the mouth like a drunk nun. Fuckin rules...Definitely the driest of the Belgians I’ve tasted. A little skunky too...but it works with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
poured an intresting orange/brown/copper hue. A slightly off white head with good retention. aroma is a mix of sweet citrus malts and mild alcohol. Flavor is mainly sweet with almost a spicy presance. A little too much carbonation yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmuller (7) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2006 does not count
Wonderful pour, mid brown/copper color, generous head and lacing that continues throughout drinking it. Aroma is sweet, citrus stands out.. Flavor is great, leaves a sweet aftertaste, but doesn’t linger too long. Mouthfeel is lacking, carbonation hits a little too strong.. Great beer overall though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
I’m just not to sure about Orval yet, so I wouldn’t be suprised if I revisit this review in the future. The pour was gorgeous, with a beautiful copper color and off white head that stuck around for quite awhile. Plenty of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is very nice as well--mostly floral, with a little bit of must--but alas it is a belgian. The flavor is complex. Floral hints and definite fruitiness, but the flavor is overpowered by the strange mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry, and it made my buddy remark that it was sort of like "drinking an alka-seltzer". Not the taste mind you, but the mouthfeel. The finish is clean with an interesting and very dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle on July 10, 2004. Opened just 2 days after its second birthday. Pours with a very voluminous head that dissipates quickly when brought to my lips. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy brownish color that is scarily similar to the shade of the empty bottle. Aroma is hugely powerful of fresh flowers and citrus fruits. Flavor was a disappointment. Just not much to it. Very mild sweetness with an alcoholic tinge. Malty with slight spice. Body was very thin and wine like. Overall it seems that there was a lot less to this brew than I anticipated. I’ll probably give it ago again at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle at the Vine (San Diego). Golden orange color. Slight aroma of citrus and honeysuckle. Flavor is a slightly sweeter version of a hefeweizen with corriander and clove, some flower hops to. Suprisingly light and refreshing with a fruity and banana finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 2005 bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Haze golden to orange color. Great aromas of fruit with floral and spices. You also have a wide variety of fruity and spices flavors. A great aftertaste adds to this very nice beer. Great stuff ! Re-Rate after I tried my third bottle (2004 this one), Even more complex great taste and aftertaste. Gave max points to flavor and +1 to aroma. One of my favourite beers I could drink it every day.

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