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


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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
The pour is perfect with a full cotton head. The smell presents esters, oily chocalate, rose, citrus and raisins. The taste is wonderful, light and complex with chocalate, and cherries and walnuts coming through. The mouthfeel is awesome, light and smooth. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Here I go again re-re-re-describing the Orval. Just about every bottle I drink (and I drink a lot of that stuff) provides me with a different experience. Both my mood and the age of the bottle can drastically alter the taste of this highly complex beer. Unique yeast that is both classic belgian and full of Brettanomyces, Very herbal with flowers nectar and fragrant. Some bottles will also have a strong lilac taste. Overall pretty dry and low sweetness but somehow packs in some candy flavours. Very hoppy/bitter when young, mellows out a lot when aging. Very floral hops. With young bottles I also get quite a bit of pine tree. Some dried fruits. Lots of carbonation but never aggressive. Spices sensation that seem to come from the unique yeast. Some tartness that I can only described as pine tartness (if that makes any sense). It’s no surprise the Orval has over 1000 descriptions on this site and no two are the same. Very complex beer that has been brewed the same way for a very very long time. Was first brewed when the Dead Sea was only sick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
330 ml bottle. Great beer !!!! Just loved it. Nice sweet and fruity aroma. The head was extremly foamy. The taste was spicy a little and a bit fruity. Excellent !!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Pours a havy orange/amber color with a huge billowing head. Aroma is of soap and yeast. It is initially very dry on the palate with some very slight candied malt sweetness through the middle and a bitter dry soap finish. A well crafted beer. Although all of the flavors produced are, when taken by themselves undesireable, this brew manges to create a finished prduct greater than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
From bottle. Pours a golden tan with frothy white head. Nose is sour, with yeasty notes and a little light fruits. Flavor is sour, with a bitter finish. Not Flemish sour though. A good refreshing drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bière de couleur brun doré. Mousse colle très bien aux parois. Très parfumée, côté floral très présent. J’ai perçu aussi des odeurs d’herbe et/ou de menthe (?). L’attaque est douce mais l’amertume demeure assez présente en finale. Plutôt ronde en bouche également.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle. Date 4/12/05 Poured nice thick golden tan with a slight red tint. Nice musty, hoppy, slightly sour aroma. Seems to be some bread touches as well. Nice tan head the fades quickly. Taste is a little odd for me. Hoppy, with alot of fruits. Can detect small amounts of orange, grapefruit, pine. Seems to have more crbination then most. Bitter but not to bitter aftertaste. Have had it twice now. Whil I think it is good, it is not as good as others I have tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Re-rate from a 5+ year old bottle with best before date of 06-12-2006. Rediculously funky, stinky cheese, blue cheese, and wierd plasticy phenols. Good farmhouse flavor with tons of funk and cheese. Damn good with 5 years on it. Im gonna go buy more if possible. This is a re-rate from about 3-4 years ago. The pour is amazing-mostly clear deep gold body with lively carbonation and a huge thick cloudy white head and crazy lacing. Aroma is loaded with brett, farmhouse, cobweb-muskty-like, spicy and phenolic, with a slight saltiness. Flavor is also pretty complex, with lots of brett-like characteristics. Slightly tart, bready malts, brett, wild yeast, spicy, musty, and hoppy finish. Very smooth palate and easy drinking. It took me a long time to like this one, and I think I have had some bad bottles that werent up to par this last bottle I had. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dj (556) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Bottle, 330ml. A cloudy golden colour with a good head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with a hint of spice. Taste is fairly complex: yeast, orange, a hint of hops balanced with a little malt, winter berries and clove. High carbonation. The finish is slightly medicinal with a herb edge (maybe corriander) and a little watery. Certainly quite enjoyable, and easily worth the €2.20 I paid for it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Rerate: Some raters think this is the quintissential beer, while others believe this is way overhyped. I was in the overrated club, but thought I’d give this a rerate to see if anything had changed. Bubbly white head. I do have to admit, the aroma on this beer is crazy good, so I’ll bump that up to a 10. Just a fruity bouquet...grape, sour, but also a flowery hoppy scent, unusual for a belgian style. However, I taste carbonation, and a very dry aftertaste. I believe that is where this beer falls short, the flavor just doesn’t come out and capture you like some other belgians do. Has a mediciney flavor that just isn’t quite right. I don’t know, I like the hoppy dry finish, but the front side of this beer lacks. BTW...this beer has aged for about a year and a half. <P> First Rating: Bottle. Thick head...what a surprise to have that on a belgian ale. Cloudy orange tint. Fruity beer. Peaches, orange, belgian candy. Smooth but there’s something a bit odd in the aftertaste. This is why points were deducted in the palate category. Not as good as Duvel, and no where near Rochefort Trappistes 10 or 8. IMO this is overrated. Aroma 8 Appearance 4 Flavor 7 Palate 3 Overall 15 Total 3.7

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