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

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RATINGS: 4088   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2005
This beer is bottle conditioned so I poured very carefully. It poured a slightly haze amber color with an ample rocky white head that dissipated to a minimal head but left nice lacing on the glass. The aromas of dried fruit and raisins were accompanied by pepper and cut grass. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and the texture was dry. The initial taste was medicinal and slightly dusty. This becomes extremely dry and crisp in the middle. The finish is slightly bitter and astringent. Has this beer turned?

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jhliesen (771) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle--Color is a cloudy orange to golden color with a large head that completely reduced to leave a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was of hops and citrus (orange perhaps?). Tastes dry almost like a dry wine, Reisling perhaps. A bitter finish. A wonderful beer that took a taste or two for me to start to enjoy and I was sorry when the glass was empty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 4, 2005
A deep amber color with a frothy light brown head. A fruity aroma and taste like a brut champagne. Very dry on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Hazy coppery color. Typical frothy belgian head. Taste is dry with a hint of hop and a slight fruit taste. I like this, but itís nothing over the top.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
botted. Hazy golden color, with small sediment and a big head. The smell is bitter and hoppy, with lemon and orange coming thru as well. Taste is surprisingly bitter for a belgian ale, I would almost typify this as slowly meandering toward lager.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2005
Orange with lots of carbonation at the beginning, which you can feel in the mouth. Hoppy smell, like flowers. It tastes fruity, a mixture of bitter and sweet. The only disadvantage of this beer is that itís duration is not too long.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
330ml bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. Poured a cloudy orange with generous head. Great beer with good fruity hoppiness.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 25, 2005 does not count
One of the tastiest beers Iíve ever had the pleasure of sampling. Has a bit of a fruity taste with a huge, long lasting head. Tastes very "earthy sweet", without being overpowering in any way. Has a slight orange tint, which could explain the fruity flavor. Iíve had very few Trappist ales that I didnít like, but this is the first that made want to run back to the liquor store. Only problem is, itís $5.49 a bottle. Otherwise, perfect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pours pours coppery orange with bubbly tan head. Smells intensely of orange/grapefruit and, woody cedar, hoppy. Hoppy citrus carries over into the flavour. With a warming alcholic finish that remains fairly smooth with a slight metallic aftertaste that isnít displeaseing..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Unusual tasting, to say the least. This stuff must be an acquired taste. The quality is evident and I did appreciate it more as I drank but at $5 a bottle I wonít be acquiring too many. The taste for me finally settled at a sourdough pretzel and grapefruit peel punch. The head and lacing were milky and thick and lasted throughout glassfull.


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