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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle dated 4-1-05. Pours a nice amber color with a huge pillowy off-white head. Complex and strong aroma of wild flowers, banana, orange and coriander. Initial flavor is grassy and floral. Just a tiny hint of sweetness before a huge hop bitterness finishes it off. Very dry, almost champagne-like mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Orange and cloudy in the glass. Huge head. Very flowery on the nose. Slightly sweet and hoppy with a sticky mouthfeel. Good beer, glad I had it. Donít need to have it again at $8, it just didnít live up to the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2006
A deep orange color. Big frothy head. Slightly dry and bitter. Pretty Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
Hazy light orange colour. Yeasty, floral hop nose. Very appetising dry hoppy bitterness, and some nutty, malty undertones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Lightly hazy amber color. Tall slightly off white head. Roasted malt, mellow hop and alcohol aromas. Champagne like palate, hops barely detectable, light body with very mild malt flavors. Carbonated foamy finish. Not what I expected. Strong in alcohol but not as big as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle (4/1/2005): Very hazy dark orange with a big rocky off white head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, with a floral slightly fruity hop to it. Nice lacing on the glass as the head starts to fade a bit. Flavor, first thoughtís, wow thatís a dry finish. Thereís some bitterness there, to go with the dry fruitiness, a little funky. There is a bit of heat in it as well. First time having this in a couple years, and the time before was in a noisy bar, so itís a much different experience this time around. Iím starting to see what the fuss is about with this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dunn (6) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
being a trapiste, i had high hopes. Burnt orange colour with large fluffy head.bitter and perhaps a little spicy. very dry mouthfeel. Yes its delicious, but not complex enough for this style. then again, it was bottled in november 2005 (june06 opened), so to be fair next time ill give her more time; regardless - a yummy ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9593) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 6/4/2006
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget". A bit shady orange color, big white fluffy head. Fresh a bit sour scent, spicy also. Very hoppy and refreshing taste and mouthfeel. Low bitterness.

UPDATED 6/2/2009
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget
Shady yellow color, huge off-white head. acidic and spicy, phenolic scent. fresh, spicy and malty taste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle thanks to ekstedt! At ekstedtís x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
As a blind tasting, well as blind as an Orval can be.
Slight bit hazy yellow color, white head. Spicy, a bit acidic scent, also white pepper. Sweet, minty, spicy, some brett taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Bottle, thanks to Ingo! Bottled 22/04/2013, BB 22/04/2018. Sampled on November 25, 2013.
Hazy amber to copper oxide color, fluffy lasting off-white head. Citrus zest, Seville oranges, brett, some alcohol, lemon scent, also alcohol. Alcohol, fusel alcohol, dry taste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, dry medium bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Original rating: A step down from some of the other trappists only due to its "less exciting" style. Fantastic Belgian Ale, though. Poured a hazy unfiltered amber orange color with a head that made pouring the bottle a challenge. Aroma was somewhat floral and yeasty, but also citrusey. Flavor was mildly sour with grapes and apples, somewhat of a cross between a saison and a witbier. A nice lingering dry and bitter (hops and yeast) finish. Re-rate after at least two more separate experiences at the WIne Loft in Flagstaff, and another bottle at home: This sucker is a gem. The aroma is so complex and wild, tons of stuff going on, floral notes, a distinctive and unmistakeable grape touch, yeast, perfume (in an unoffensive way, though), just lots of stuff. The flavor is as complex, very drinkable, dry, acidic, funky, bitter, even fruity sweet in there too, just about any and everything a beer could deliver on, all melded together in a fashion that is delectable (I think thatís the word, who cares if not, itís just great). Not sure why I didnít re-rate this thing after my other two experiences, I guess I didnít realize how boring of a rating I had in here on this one. Great, Great, Great, stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
hazy gold color with a big white head. Faint fruit aroma. earthy apple flavor. briefly tastes like a dry cider. bitter aftertaste. good beer. B

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