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


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RATINGS: 4267   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 6/4/2006
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget". A bit shady orange color, big white fluffy head. Fresh a bit sour scent, spicy also. Very hoppy and refreshing taste and mouthfeel. Low bitterness.

UPDATED 6/2/2009
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget
Shady yellow color, huge off-white head. acidic and spicy, phenolic scent. fresh, spicy and malty taste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle thanks to ekstedt! At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
As a blind tasting, well as blind as an Orval can be.
Slight bit hazy yellow color, white head. Spicy, a bit acidic scent, also white pepper. Sweet, minty, spicy, some brett taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle, thanks to Ingo! Bottled 22/04/2013, BB 22/04/2018. Sampled on November 25, 2013.
Hazy amber to copper oxide color, fluffy lasting off-white head. Citrus zest, Seville oranges, brett, some alcohol, lemon scent, also alcohol. Alcohol, fusel alcohol, dry taste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, dry medium bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Original rating: A step down from some of the other trappists only due to its "less exciting" style. Fantastic Belgian Ale, though. Poured a hazy unfiltered amber orange color with a head that made pouring the bottle a challenge. Aroma was somewhat floral and yeasty, but also citrusey. Flavor was mildly sour with grapes and apples, somewhat of a cross between a saison and a witbier. A nice lingering dry and bitter (hops and yeast) finish. Re-rate after at least two more separate experiences at the WIne Loft in Flagstaff, and another bottle at home: This sucker is a gem. The aroma is so complex and wild, tons of stuff going on, floral notes, a distinctive and unmistakeable grape touch, yeast, perfume (in an unoffensive way, though), just lots of stuff. The flavor is as complex, very drinkable, dry, acidic, funky, bitter, even fruity sweet in there too, just about any and everything a beer could deliver on, all melded together in a fashion that is delectable (I think that’s the word, who cares if not, it’s just great). Not sure why I didn’t re-rate this thing after my other two experiences, I guess I didn’t realize how boring of a rating I had in here on this one. Great, Great, Great, stuff.

   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 (756) - 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 (12660) - 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 (2066) - 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.

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