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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4290   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2006
Bottle dated 17-02-05/17-02-10 courtesy of BuckNaked. Hazy orange with huge white head. Poured carefully, but still had plenty of floaties. Aroma is orange zest and tart lemon up front, hints of mango? Looked through some ratings and haven’t seen it mentioned, but swear I am getting that. Sour brett in the background, some farmhouse funk, with very faint pepper, and maybe clove? Flavor again, orange and lemon up front, very quick brett twinge through the middle. Pepper and spicy hops make for a very dry finish. Have drank 4 or 5 of these lately, and while I don’t think it’s inconsistent (delicate I guess would be the word), every bottle has been slightly different. This has been the best bottle so far, but I should have taken notes on individual bottles/dates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
When opened the beer bubbled up the neck and sat at the top unable to escape. Hazy strawberry blonde body. Aroma is fresh orange trees with sage and a citric acidity. Tounge is grass and orange rind, flour or a sodium bicarbonate. I can taste some hallertau. Mouth is lightly acidic with a lingering quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 On tap at Brouwer’s. Light brown. Spicy herb taste...sweet finish. The flavor keeps coming on strong. Very tasty... Re rate from bottle: I just love this beer. The hops and dry finish just work so well for me. Very floral and amazingly different from most belgium beers. Love this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
Poured from bottle into a humble shaker glass, this beer rebelled at such homely glassware and exacted its revenge by releasing a foamy yellowy-tan volcano. The body was a hazy orange-brown with plenty of sediment swimming around. Aroma was initially tart and fruity, but after sitting for a while, it had a bit of a horse-blanket smell added in. My impression of the flavor was that it seemed earthy, with some sour notes thrown in too. This beer was interesting and quite refreshing, but not overly appealing to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 Pours really well with a cream colored head. Pale amberish/dark orange color. Great carbonation and citrus notes. Super dry with a very mild hop-infused aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Bottled 24/06/2005. Pours bright murky orange into a trappist glass. Significant medium-sized head that does not recede. Crushed vitamin C and orange notes. Smells almost like a medicine. Lively, dry and sour with a lingering bitter finish. I must say that I prefer a fresher Orval to a cellared one. Almost a cross between a saison and a gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 cloudy orange with great white head. Spicy & fruity aroma. A lot of hops a lot of bitterness. Really fresh and long lasting finish! Rerate 08/09. Dry, fruity, brett, fresh, dusty, quenching, complex. A notch up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
Amber cloudy pour, thin head, light lace, and one hell of a nose. Like toucan sam and what not. Light, sweet and fruity, some clove-ishy cinnamony spice and yeast, and just a tinge of alcohol. Body and flavor are somewhat thinner than I expected, but still good, echoing aforementioned aroma. Somewhat short and astringent finish, it made me feel like I needed a drink of water between each drink of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
Cloudy orange pour with small tight-bubbled head. Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and fruit. The flavor was on the spicy side — some clove, some cinnamon — with a peppery, mediciny tanginess at the finish. It presents both sweet and bitter from beginning to end. The alcohol was also obvious. Dry and bubbly reminiscent of the texture and sensation of champagne — though heavier in the body. Long finish. If it wasn’t for the distinct reminder of medicine, I would have liked this more than I did.

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