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


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RATINGS: 4255   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
hazy gold color with a big white head. Faint fruit aroma. earthy apple flavor. briefly tastes like a dry cider. bitter aftertaste. good beer. B

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadySusan (752) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
This beer has a nice light brown color, the taste is fruity and hoppy. You can taste just a bit of bitterness. I found it very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pours with a cloudy golden body and a fluffy white head. A very nice looking beer. Aroma is slightly sweet with tell-tale Belgian yeast notes. I thought the aroma was more complex and interesting than the flavor. The sweetness is barely present in the flavor, which is a little bitter, and less complex than similar Belgians.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Martin(NL) (1) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
I am in the lucky circumstance that belgian beershops are just 10 km away. So every time I go there I buy something new, something different. But every time I go there I buy a cage (24 pcs) of Orval. That scent, that mysterious taste, that perfect bitterness of the best hops the world can make. Have some peanuts with it on a sunny terrace aftera long walk!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tever (15) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. Amber color with a nice light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lots of floating particles. Aroma slightly sweet but not very strong. Flavor was slightly fruity and sour, hoppy, and finishing with some bitterness. Very refreshing. I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (12562) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Bottle (dated 4 1996)poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, cookie, light vanilla and a hint of leather. Palate was light bodied, crisp lightyly dry and tart. Flavors of fruitiness, straw, cookie, light carmel and light leather with a crisp lingering lightly dry slightly tart finish.
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a large lasting off white head. Aromas of sour apple, citrus, some grassiness, yeast and some earthiness. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of light apple, hint of spice, yeast and a bit of horseblanket with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish. Aroma 8 Appearence 4 Flavor 7 Palate 4 Overall 15 Total3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2056) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle. 040306. Light brown, nice white foam. Aroma, of citrus and fruityness. Full body with a long bitter finish. Nice Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stefaan (3) - Edegem, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2006 does not count
A very malted taste is a fine brown bottle. Pure gold from flanders if you ask me. Only the after taste isnt that good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Wow this is awful. I forced myself to buy a bottle for the rating, having last sampled this before my RB days and thought it unpleasant then. Pours a hazy orange-yellow with notes of orange and coriander on the nose. Leads into a saison-like Belgian ale with far too thin of a palate and far too little flavor. The finish is an unpleasant hop bitterness and vinegar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2006
orange, almost amber in appearance with medium white, frothy white head...fantastic aroma filled with sweet cherries, apples, florals, yeast, coriander, and earthy characteristics (smell is somewhat flemish or lambic in nature)...flavor is a bit of a let down when compared to the nose...somewhat malty taste, large in stone, grass, some light fruits...dry, bitter finish...average palate

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