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

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RATINGS: 3839   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%


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 rerate. 33cl bottle. Nice frothy white dissipating head, cloudy amber/deep orange color. The aroma is beautiful. Wow. The palate is all over the tongue, ultra complex finish... you can fill the effects in the tip of the tongue to the back, in the middle and the sides. Really impressive. Reminds me of oude geuze. Too complex to desribe. Perfumy. Worth the 5$ for the 33cl bottle. Every time I taste it, my rating goes up. Iím going down to the liqour store to buy the last five bottles as soon as they open.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Bottle. This one grew on me as time passed. Amber yellow color. Big whitish head that lingers. Intense lacing. Peppery aroma with alcohol and yeast, touches of fruit, nice bits of horsey Brett. kick in and blend nicely. Very dry as described. Not overly hoppy, perhaps over the top for a Belgian ale, but nothing offensive. Seems to mellow over time in glass. A damn fine product!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle. Great carbonation, pours a big frothy head that slowly collapses, refill, let the head collapse again, repeat once more. Beautiful pour; earthy, yeasty aroma. Earthy, mulchy flavors, reminiscent of Oerbier, but dry not sweet. Great hop presence for a belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a hazy deep amber with a huge frothy yellowish head. The aroma is floral and spicy. Tastes good, lots of fruitiness, some alcohol presence, spices and slightly citric hops. Very dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a deep opaque orange with a foamy white head that forms a creamy island and leaves sticky lace. It has a pleasant nose, full of perfume with hoppy and orange citrus notes. The body is complex but thinner than expected with a dry and lightly acidic finish. It's surprisingly alcholic, for its strength, in both body and aroma.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Intense aroma, very spicy, tons of hops, amd a good dose of fruit in the nose. Pours a nice dull orange with a tall ivory head with large bubbles. Flavor is very complex with an initial layer of lightly malty fruity spice, then followed with a spicy floral hopped bitterness, then finishes with a very dry, floral hop finish. The carbonation really brings this brew to life and keeping the taste trailing on and on in the finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
This was amoung the collection of beers I brought home from the trip to Brussels, which I didnít try while I was there (All for under 1 euro a piece). Upon first taste, I was disappointed, mostly because I wasnít expecting it. Its very different from the other belgiums I have had. As I finish the final sip now, I am certainly impressed. The flavor is extremely hoppy. It has a very difficult taste to describe, mostly because it is so different from most of the other beers I have had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2004
Bottled. Muggy orange/brown, huge rocky head, seems rather restrained for a trappist beer, mild ín spicy, long long complex fruit/spice finish. Itís good, itís not outstanding, can see why people get excited about it but I didnít enjoy it quite as much as other belgians.

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 (3868) - 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).


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