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%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle. Poured careless into a pint glass and onto a carpet (my fault). Large frothy white head. Orange / amber hazy colour. A bit funky smell combined with grapefruits. Flavour is slightly sour and bitter with a fruity apple finish. Soft mouthfeel, light carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jindua (1) - nova milanese, ITALY - MAY 20, 2006 does not count
Itís the most wonderful beer in the world! Fresh, flavoured, good tasty, and itís a trappist ale, itís also fermented in the bottle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Re-rated: Pours a very beautiful light brown,orange with a huge off-white head. Scent is slightly spicy, a slight tartness. Has a creamy body. Spicy oakey flavors and an earthy wood-chip like, slight acidity. The finish is so long, complex and pleasant of beautiful dryness and layers of flavors. In my opinion, the finish really makes Orval

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Gold appearance- thick head fairly long lasting, beautiful tiny champagne bubbles- very complex with hops peaches, caddied fruit and hint sulfur- tart, chalky, barnyard tastes- dry grassy aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
The aroma sparks my nose with hints of dry flowers in a toffee chocolate garden which form a malty kick. The taste is of burgundy bananas which when swirled form into a bitter hoppy clove-like ember. This is a strongly blended mix of fruit flavors amongst strong bitter ends. I wish it tasted a bit more like it smells.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EithCubes (5560) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. Lively pour, off-white stable head on opaque, cloudy orange fluid. Marked scent, very aromatic, sweet and spicy: oranges, yeast, wheat, coriander, earthy, a little citrus and funk. Unique taste, much dryer and hoppier than I was expecting. Smooth mouthfeel with a touch of oil. Liquid perfume. Tingles toward the end, a little acidity and burn on the back of the throat but not on the tongue. Orange peels and malt, mild alcohol, mildly sour but slightly more bitter. Lacey, rocky head makes a wonderful creamy/tangy/spicy meal all by itself. Aftertaste is pleasant and interesting, bitter orange peels with warm hops. Strange and wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5594) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
This Belgian Ale I found to be more bitter and hoppy than most, which was quite a refreshing surprise. Not quite as yeasty or fruity as most Belgian ales and slightly less blonde as well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7981) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Dark medium orange haze....yeast,marshmellow,strange banannas,wine,honey smell...pours with nice head...bitter! shocking first sip...damn delicous!!! has a nice bullseye of bubbbles...like a toned down flem...clean and crisp yet sweet and sour..i really liked it....really different and unique!

rerate about 1 month later..4 fun of course......great head as usual...and same ole smell...wow, this batch is pretty damn bitter, and kinda sour...a nice honey sweey equal backbone...still top quality!!...very tasty but man, this is a a sour batch, real bitter too but not like an ipa bitter..just ...ya....as always has that beutiful full mouth dancing-on-tongue fizziness..the perfect definition of "theres a party in my mouth and everyones invited" kind of a thing...real mellow delicous finish....hey,even nate dog liked this puppy, but ms.coopís eyes bulged out when she took a sip, its a powerful drink, yes sir! scores re-averaged...

may18 2009.. wow,i love this brew.. bottled dated mid 2008... ..aroma is wonderful, dry bretty aromas... very clean, smooth, intensily complex... this Brett guy is my BFF!!! scores changed accordingly!

one of the worlds most well made and enjoyably different brews!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1994) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Banana yeast aroma, orange body with a thick whipped cream head. Bitterness, pepper spice, caramel malt and wheat flavors all present. However, with all the flavor Orval was giving up the body itself was weaker than expected. Iíll save my Belgian returnable "bowling pin" bottle to use in the homebrewery. Next time Iím jonesing for a native Belgian Ale Iíll skip the more expensive Orval for a Chimay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Beautiful hazy orange pour with a large white head. Yeasty spicy Belgian nose. Not my favorite Trappist ... a bit too dry, a bit too woody / cedary and spicy / peppery for me. Makes an interesting

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