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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Nose is bready and alcoholic. Taste is yeasty/bready, alcohol is very well hidden. Pours a hazy dark gold. Reminds of me of Hennepin, although this is easier to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2164) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
I’ve heard the phrase that "Everyone will drink Orval...." Now I know why. The pour is a hazy nut-brown with a stucco-like head, almost clumping (beautiful!). The nose is a dead ringer for Jägermeister (try picturing it next time, and see if it’s not bullseye). Flavors are light, with clove oil essence, Allspice, cinammon, and a lemon-hopped bitterness that come together in nice, light medicinal tone. There is a subliminal bitter finish, and the pseudo-numbing mouthfeel provides warmth and comfort. Well done, and nicely well-rounded!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
Bottle. eh, this did very little for me. not a great flavor. quite bitter. didnt enjoy that much, prolly wont try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dull orange color with a nice white head. The aroma was unusual with a strong smell of yeast. The hop flavor and aroma is also very noticeable. The flavor was a bit sour and dry. The floral taste was not really to my liking but all in all, not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée à la LCBO (Kingston, ONT) lors d’un séjour au Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Arôme: Odeur de bananes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde ambrée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et de fleurs. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #528)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pours a hazy brownish orange with a foamy off white head that sustained and left some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, candy sugar, banana and citrus. Flavor of yeast, Belgian spices, banana, tingly carbonation, slight roastiness and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Golden in colour with a small head. Sweet and malty. Fruity as well. A slight note of apricote and hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottel at DØE meeting, Ølbaren. 6.2%. Light yellow, white head. A little sour smell, fruity. Sour and dry hop dominates the taste, with some peber. Not quiet my taste.(6/3/6/3/11)...... Re-Rate: Ok it’s time for a Re-Rate. Bottle (29-April-2009) Cloudy amber - white head. Nice bretty, lovely bretty, soapy, dryness, light hoppy, fruity, crispy, cactus. Lovely. ..... Ok jeg kan ikke trække den længere: 5.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 så er der Trappistsmagning på Ølbaren. Hosted by Rene H og DØE. Det har jeg glædet mig umådelig meget til. Det er et nyt område for mig. Dette er første øl i rækken. Dufter i starten af fersken som dog aftager hurtigt. Den mest humlede og en solid smag af peber og Harpiks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
330ml Bottle: Anyone that tells you this beer has a "slight" hops taste is a liar or has no palate, this is by far the hoppiest beer ever placed within my ale-hole. A pleasant, sweet scent starts thing off alongside a thick and lasting foam head. The taste is good, but those hops. They snag you part way through and refuse to leave, I literally required a water afterwards to erase the dry mouth. It was an experience, I’ll give it that.

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