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


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RATINGS: 3801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2004
Wow. That's short for I can smell it from across the room and I can still taste the tangerine aftertaste 10 minutes after my last sip. Beautiful hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head that shifts shapes deliciously as it tempts you. At first you think it should be classed a Flemish Ale, but then a touch of malt makes you reconsider. Then it drinks like a hopped-up citrus attack and you wonder if that's all for a brief moment - but no, there emerges some malts before the finish I spoke of really grabs you. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
I'll sum up my opinion of this beer in one word: challenging. And now for a long-winded explanation. It took several tastings of this beer for me to even get close to properly rating it. And even now I struggle to articulate my opinions and rating of this truly unique brew. Pours a bright orange and ruby color, with an enormous and persistant off-white head comprised of huge bubbles at first that give way to softer more delicate ones. This is the first 10 I've given for aroma, it's just so complex and potent; plenty of lambic qualities, flowers and raspberries, cake frosting, apple pie, more hops than average Belgian ale. And now for the flavor: intense bitterness, sharp acidity at times, white wine, malty rich, alcohol, warming, liveley carbonation; finish has peanuts(?!?!), completely dry. I found new flavors even a minute after taking a sip. Simply astounding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2004
This tops my list. Extremely smooth and effervescent. Huge creamy white head billowing over the glass with an orange tinge of color to the beer. Aroma is yeasty and sweet. Very fruity at first balanced by a mild acidty and champaigne like quality. The palate and flavor is light and delicate with a light floral taste. Fantastic

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
Peach orange in colour with big head. Sweet aroma with spices. Flavor is sweet with spieces, noticeble is clove. Fine palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
Amber-orange body lies below a rocky white head. Extreme carbonation gives this bottle an effervescent fizz when poured into the glass. Tart and puckering dryness leaves the palate wanting. Complex multitude of flavors abound. Sweet aroma of fruit and bread fill the goblet. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Thick creamy robust head that lasted the entire beer. Powerful fruity apricot orange aroma with a slight mustiness that fillled my kitchen. Bitter tea taste with a hint of Grand Marnier and finishes bone dry. A truly wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Bronze colored and medium-bodied. Long-lasting light tan head. Smells sweet and flowery. Has a dry taste and reminds me a lot of wine, but ten times better. Hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Overall, a delicious Trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
Another Trappiste which, in my opinion, has become less great in recent years. A golden beer which still has a hopsack and horseblanket nose – very interesting. The flavour seems less complex than it used to be, maybe a few of the layers have gone? It still has a rich bitterness and some hop resins and that Lambic-like flavour lurking in the background, but somehow I don’t think it’s as good as it used to be. Still good, but not now great – unfortunately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
Hazy Carmel color with a large off white head consisting of large bubbles. The aroma is complex; sour, fruit, and yeast all at once. It even has hints of a red wine aroma. The taste is quite dry and noticabley bitter. The bitterness lingers providing a nice clean mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours cloudy orange with a full white head. Aroma is strong; tart, spice, grass and yeast. Flavor is complex. Sweet, with a spice jolt. A bitter, citrus finish with a dry, long aftertaste provides a nice balance. Mouthfeel is very alive and champagne-like, medium bodied. An evcellent beer.

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