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

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RATINGS: 3887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Poured a cloudy brownish orange, with an abundant light tan head. Wonderful malty, floral, spicy aroma with notes of citrus and alcohol. Flavor was sublime, with a dry spicyness from the hops up front and an ensuing sweet fruity maltiness, containing flavors of plum, raisins, cinnamon, and citrus, with a hint of alcohol in the finish. And what an excellent champagne-like dryness! I have to say that I love this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Lite Amber with a big bubbly head. Very funky smelling with a lingering floweriness. Some grapefruit and horsehair. Body is a little lite for me. Very hoppy, peppery and interesting. I wa told that this was from the last batch of Orvals brewed with an open-secondary. Cool!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Dull orange color with tons of head. Smells mildly fruity with a touch of bubblegum and peppery yeast. Lots of pepper flavors with a little bit of fruit. Finishes very dry with yeasty notes. I’d like to try this intresting beer when it is very fresh, because there might be a little more going on except for the overwhelming dry/pepper thing.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Cloudy light brown/oragne in color. Huge foamy white head. Has a nice floral aroma. Very tasty as well. Malty with fruity tastes as well as spice. Has a VERY DRY finish with some hops. I mean very dry to the point it left me with cotton mouth after each drink. Cost me $5 for a bottle on sale, so I probably won’t drink again unless I find a good deal on it. OVER RATED dun dun chuh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Huge, fluffy white head on this brownish, orange, cloudy brew. Very active. Malt, hops, yeast and fruit abound and nicely blended with a little clove, and other herbs in there. Active carbonation, nice and fizzy. Malty, bready and smooth hops dry finish, maybe even some citrus. Good brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2957) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottle, Trappist Glass, Beer Bistro, Toronto. Dark copper pour, somewhat cloudy. Fantastic floral aroma, lots of fruit in there as well. Mouthfeel is quite active, but not over carbonated - perfectly balanced with the numerous flavours - malt, spiciness, some fruit (I got raspberry and even some melon) and all topped off with a dry hoppiness. Alcohol is present, but only in a complimenting way. This was my first time trying this beer ever - what a wonderful beer and a true pleasure to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
the beer was a cloudy amber and smelled like a mix between hops, fruit, and flowers. too bad I didn’t taste any of that, but still i liked the initial taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
macdeffe (52) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2004
This beer is very hoppy. Not the very bitter hop taste, but the more flowery kind coming from aroma hopping (dry hopping). It has a kind of earthy taste and aroma. The first time I had it with some friends someone mentioned horseshit :-) and I can’t quite get rid of the picture. But is it smelling of horse shit or tasting like horse-shit I can’t really decide. Strange associations you get now and again

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2004
poured cloudy light copper with off white head.aroma green apples citrus, floral, hops, honey.flavor hints of fruits a nice bitterness, was hoping for the honey but none came out. I do have to say that the aroma was far better than the taste but it still was a very good beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Cloudy golden/amber, with a large white head. Aroma is hops, fruit and earth. Taste is very fruity, mostly citrus. It starts out a little sweet, but quiclly becomes dry, and a bit bitter. Not what I expected from a Trappist beer.


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