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

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RATINGS: 4304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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%


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3152) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Very good, but not outstanding. Its taste has a malt yet soapy taste that I find unappealing in most beers. The bouquet is very floral, like a greenhouse. Dry and quenches the throat.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 [bottle, dated 1/6/04, 6.9%ABV] Pours a cloudy, glowing orange color- head is ample, with large bubbles around the edges and thick, lumpy center. The aroma is so unique- very floral, with some brett character. Flavors are mostly sweet apples and pears, funky yeast and a touch of brett. Surprisingly hoppy, but the hops seem to balance well. Overall, a unique and interesting beer- one of my favorites.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured semi-translucent copper brown with slightly red tones. Big, slightly off-white long lasting head. Smells of flowers, pine, sweet fruit and esters. Medium/light bodied, fizzy and very drinkable. Very slight warmth from a subtle hint of alcohol. The pungent, earthy hop taste is immediately balanced by a hint of sweet malt. The hops are strong but not overpowering or lingering. This is an excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2006
11.2 oz born on 4/12/2005.Pours a cloudy dark amber with a fast fading head.Aromas of banana and spices.A dry slight carbonated mouthfeeel.No bitterness and no sweetmalt taste with just enough effervescense to be a great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head. This head does not go away! It is incredible! Aroma is fantastic, smelling grapefruit and citrus. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen, but a sweet version. Leaves a nice sweet taste at the finish. A little spice is in the flavor as well. A little too much carbonation but it doesn’t take much away from the beer. A very nice beer!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 Pours a Deep Golden/orange with a huge frothy head that stays. Aroma is right out of the monastary, musty, earthy, and dusty. I bet the aroma is just like being in there storage cellers. Taste is huge floral petal leaves and sweet hops. Too much for me though. Re-rate: After trying this a few times at different ages, Its not too much for me!!! 1 year on it was great!!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkarlo (13) - SERBIA - JUL 23, 2006
Golden orange color. Slight aroma of citrus and honeysuckle. Flavor is a slightly sweeter version of a hefeweizen with corriander and clove, some flower hops to.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerio (48) - USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 So dry, it slaps you in the mouth like a drunk nun. Fuckin rules...Definitely the driest of the Belgians I’ve tasted. A little skunky too...but it works with it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
poured an intresting orange/brown/copper hue. A slightly off white head with good retention. aroma is a mix of sweet citrus malts and mild alcohol. Flavor is mainly sweet with almost a spicy presance. A little too much carbonation yet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmuller (7) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2006 does not count
Wonderful pour, mid brown/copper color, generous head and lacing that continues throughout drinking it. Aroma is sweet, citrus stands out.. Flavor is great, leaves a sweet aftertaste, but doesn’t linger too long. Mouthfeel is lacking, carbonation hits a little too strong.. Great beer overall though.


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