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

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RATINGS: 3983   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%


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle, Amber color, hazy some deposit. White head.Very fruity aroma, citrus. Taste is fruity, again citrus, orange, little bit dry and sour in the aftertaste fresh. I like this beer it is quite different from other beers i tried, it is one of my favourites that is for sure. Nice perrier-ish bottle by the way....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
I really wasn’t thrilled with this beer, especially after reading all of the rave reviews about it. Poured a cloudy dark gold with a small amount of lacy offwhite head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, and a tad bit hayish. Flavor was much more crisp and fruity than most belgians I’ve tried. Dry spicy finish which was an interesting mix with the fruiy flavor. Overall, I thought it was decent, not great, especially for the price.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2005
A Mes rate: It’s totally a love or hate thing. Personally I think it’s fantastic. Magnificent slightly cloudy orange looks, the most orange coloured beer I have seen. Aroma is glorious; fruits and hops and lavender and something like baby sick but dont let that put you off. The palate is as good as anything I have tried. Simply prefect. Velvety and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. The taste is all over the place, almost too much but just as you think that it mellows into something very refined and wonderfully complex. Zing zing citrus and fruity! Slightly sour and just a touch of alcohol. Never offensive but very strange stuff. I really do think it is an aquired taste. I hated the first bottle I had. But now my orval glass has seen much use. Really I don’t have the vocabulary to do this justice. Wonderful stuff. If you don’t like it drink some more!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Since Orval tuned up the alcohol with 1% in ’93 or ’94 they unfortunately also started cutting some edges making the beer loose some character and a bit of hoppiness. Still I believe this is an outstanding world classic - although not a beer for everyone. Dark amber with a huge, fluffy head. But the sweet sensation in this is the extremely sophisticated spicing which is truly unique and unlike any other beer. 300493 & 050394

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2005
This is a tough one. After all of the glowing reviews I have read, I found the reality somewhat disappointing. Looks absolutely fantastic, glowing deep dark gold with a massive head, good retention, lacing, etc. Also smells promising, classic flowery, funky, dare I say "horse-blanket" aromas. Taste...well...the first disappointment. Dry then bitter, overwhelming anything else that might be present. I also found the palate a little watery, although there was plenty of carbonation, it was course rather than fine like some of the other Belgians I have enjoyed. Sorry, but while it is a good beer, I think it is unbalanced and over-rated.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Wildly out of control head that lingers way too long (I poured the beer Tuesday morning, could drink it late Wednesday evening) Weird floral perfume aroma and flavor. The flavor grew on me as I continued drinking. Slight bitter finish. Pretty interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7252) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottled 5.14.03. Very lively beer! Took a couple minutes to pour b/c of the 2+ inch head. Pour was a cloudy orange/amber with a sustained 1/4" creamy head after it settled down. Very good lacing. Aroma is intriguing and most definitely Belgian. Rather hoppy and fruity aroma, also slightly musky with some wet hay. Dry taste with citrus, Belgian yeast, and some cloves. Well-balanced and awefully pleasant in the mouth. Slightly bitter and long-lasting finish. Mmm mmm good :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8321) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Bottle. Orange, apple, and clove malt aroma - very complex. Medium tan color with small but lasting head. Sweet apple flavor initially with a pepper/clove bitter finish. - Somewhat reminiscent of a spiced cider. Pleasant and different.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Cloudy orange-gold with a thin head. Spice and apples in the aroma which continue on into the flavor which has a light, crisp tartness akin to green apples. Light body with very little bitterness and much less maltiness than expected. A lighter belgian offering overall that is interesting and easy drinking. Immediately recognizable as Belgian but not necassarily as trappist since is posesses a more singular, focused, flavor profile which in this case is refreshingly different.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2005
Cloudy orange beer, large white fluffu head. Aroma of grapes, slightly tart, hops. Grapes in the taste, but not sweet, developing into a big hopbitterness. Dry finish, bit grainy. Not totally my style of beer but truly unique, though ’t IJ Vlo certainly has some characteristics from Orval. I wonder If this one will age so very nice as Vlo does.


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