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

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RATINGS: 4101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2005
This is a tremendous beer. Perfectly dry and refreshing but with endless complexity. I could drink this all day and find different flavors the whole time. Pours hazy and redish like apple cider. Nice big fluffy head with great intricate lacing. Aroma is strongly floral; more like dried potpourri than fresh flowers, but very strong. Also spices like ginger, clove and pepper in the nose as well as some fruit like apple and pear. Aroma follows into the flavor. Same floral, spice and fruit. Some banana. My one complaint is the mouthfeel. It is a bit light and airy, not enough to sink my teeth into. Overall, a nearly flawless beer. I know what I want for christmas.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Stinky brewski. Head overflows like an african americans afro-puff. looks funny. Pretty dry flavor, not too crazy of a flavor. Pretty good one. Golden.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2005
Easy drinkable. Refreshing. A different spicy taste. Found in Blå Rock Café, Tromsø, Norway - and served in an Orval glass.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gontran (1) - BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2005 does not count
Probably one of the most special abbey beer. Quite light (ca 5%) and very refreshing

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
11/18/2003 bottle. Aroma of a freshly opened plastic pool toy, some funky cobweb and some old cherries with some caramel malt, sort of like cherry coke. Amber-orange, very clear as it had settled for months in my basement. Tall and creamy off-white head that slowly settles. Flavors of celery, cherries, brown sugar and a hint of paper, roasted brown paper and a cola flavor. Second half of the bottle has more barnyard flavor and the flavors seem brighter. Lighter body, but not water at all and a very dry finish. It is different, but I like it.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle, and luckily I have an Orval Trappist glass to taste this with. Very floral aroma on first sniff, roses and carnations in particular. Some citrus aroma as well, I believe. Pours cloudy yellow brown, the color of dark caramel or toffee with some floaties. Generous white head that stays around for a good long while. Flavor is floral as well: rose water and malt and orange and pine, believe it or not. Delicious maltyness comes our even more as it warms. You can feel the alcohol in the throat and chest on the way down, warming the chest instead of the face for once. Really excellent mouth feel. Has the thickness of a good porter (read: creamy), but with the dancy, twinkling carbonation of a well made pils. I’m only getting a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but plenty of floral hop character. Leaves a very consistent lace on the side of the glass. No doubt about it, you have to drink this slowly, or it will kick you in the face. The light hop bitterness builds exponentially with larger gulps or quicker sips, but who wants to drink a $5.50 bottle of beer fast anyway? Very pleasant for fall and winter. Next time a wine drinker wants to give you guff, pass this their way. Makes most wine seem as complex as a crowbar. Strange and wonderful beer, brewed with the help of God, no doubt.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Hmm... not sure what to make of this one. Aroma is big, fruity, yeasty, alcohol, typical belgian. The flavour is unique. More malt backing than I’m used to, very bitter finish, not smooth at all. Its sweet, but also malty and bitter. Definitely not my favourite.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3498) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Pours a darkish, hazy amber with an off-white head. No lacing!?! Smells a bit like cheap cologne. Rather bitter ale with a dry, sharp, hoppy finish. Aromas of citrus, spices, earth and peppar. It was surprisingly watery, but my bottle was quite new. I expect my 2003 ones to be a bit more full. Could be a bit sweeter.
Opened a bottle from (26-08-03) on Sep. 14th... it was awfull... tasted like I imagine mud and urine would.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Pours dark amber with big white head. Aroma: Banana , yeast and some spices. Flavor: Very dry, bitter hops, lots of citrus.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2005
soapy unpleasant taste, astringent, what do people like about this beer?


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