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

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RATINGS: 3831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2004
bottle 11.2 oz. Purchased @ Total Wine, Claymont, DE $5.99. Cloudy amber/orange w super off white head that was like rocky merangue on top of large bubble foam. Aroma is mezmerizing, noticing a different aspect every time I sniff. Creamy light roasted malt, herbs & spices, light perfume and mild but fresh, clean, slightly skunky hops. Flavor is amazing. First there is a burst, followed by a short lull and rather thin mouthfeel then it snaps back followed by an unbelievely long complex finish. There is a short pulse of pronounced hop bitterness early on. Its like the flavors are each timed to do their thing then let the others take a turn.Very slight malt sweetness & also tart with a nice hop nip. Spicey, herbal, perfumey, with a slight touch of the belgian clove taste & a hint of fine cognac. On the low end of medium bodied, but then again medium bodied on the finish. Trying to describe it with finite characteristics would be like trying to describe the tastes of Drambuie or Benedictine. This is an example of something that could never be made in the USA. Very refined, world class stuff. Gotta sip this often.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits. Rosy brown, and even when poured slowly, a huge head is formed - enormous, colossal, firm and rocky. Interesting aroma, orange peel and wine, which becomes more insistent the longer you sniff. Extremely tasty: peppery, with hints of pickled fruit. Easy drinking, yet packed with firm flavour. Balanced, dusty, fizzy feel. One word: great (in every sense).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Its about time I rated Orval. Big root beer type head with a dark golden color. Semi-sweet aroma of grapes, bananas and plums. Light and dry in the initial taste. Taste of raisins, some sprinkling of pepper in there, and dont forget the hops. Alcohol is there at every stage but not overwhelming. A very enjoyable beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Cloudy and copper color. Great aroma of flowers and fruit (banana and citrus) Aroma is itís best aspect. In fact, if Glade made an Orval scented plugin, Iíd buy it. Fruity and malty with a very dry finish. Very dry. In fact, a bit too dry for me. 10/3/6/2/13

Re-Rate Bottle, dated 17.02.2005. Now that I have a higher brett appreciation, itís time to go back and re-rate a classic. Poured into my Orval chalice, and it looks like champion ... hazy and orange, some floaties, and great lacing. The aroma isnít as strong as I remember, but Iím not touching that 10. The last bottle smelled great a week after the beer was gone. Still as dry as I remember, but thatís a good thing. Silky smooth to start, dry as a bone to finish. Sweets and spices to start, farmhouse to finish. By the end, the banana, citrus, malt and hop bitterness all come together. Aspects of a tripel, traditional Belgian, IPA, saison ... what a truly unique creation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Poured a cloudy brownish orange, with an abundant light tan head. Wonderful malty, floral, spicy aroma with notes of citrus and alcohol. Flavor was sublime, with a dry spicyness from the hops up front and an ensuing sweet fruity maltiness, containing flavors of plum, raisins, cinnamon, and citrus, with a hint of alcohol in the finish. And what an excellent champagne-like dryness! I have to say that I love this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Lite Amber with a big bubbly head. Very funky smelling with a lingering floweriness. Some grapefruit and horsehair. Body is a little lite for me. Very hoppy, peppery and interesting. I wa told that this was from the last batch of Orvals brewed with an open-secondary. Cool!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Dull orange color with tons of head. Smells mildly fruity with a touch of bubblegum and peppery yeast. Lots of pepper flavors with a little bit of fruit. Finishes very dry with yeasty notes. Iíd like to try this intresting beer when it is very fresh, because there might be a little more going on except for the overwhelming dry/pepper thing.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Cloudy light brown/oragne in color. Huge foamy white head. Has a nice floral aroma. Very tasty as well. Malty with fruity tastes as well as spice. Has a VERY DRY finish with some hops. I mean very dry to the point it left me with cotton mouth after each drink. Cost me $5 for a bottle on sale, so I probably wonít drink again unless I find a good deal on it. OVER RATED dun dun chuh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Huge, fluffy white head on this brownish, orange, cloudy brew. Very active. Malt, hops, yeast and fruit abound and nicely blended with a little clove, and other herbs in there. Active carbonation, nice and fizzy. Malty, bready and smooth hops dry finish, maybe even some citrus. Good brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottle, Trappist Glass, Beer Bistro, Toronto. Dark copper pour, somewhat cloudy. Fantastic floral aroma, lots of fruit in there as well. Mouthfeel is quite active, but not over carbonated - perfectly balanced with the numerous flavours - malt, spiciness, some fruit (I got raspberry and even some melon) and all topped off with a dry hoppiness. Alcohol is present, but only in a complimenting way. This was my first time trying this beer ever - what a wonderful beer and a true pleasure to drink.


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