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


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RATINGS: 4280   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Light gold color with a uniform, yet small, head. Aroma is mostly sweet fruits - green apples (Acetaldehyde or dry hopped?) with a plasticy, stale undercurrent. Lively carbonation. The body is hot with alcohol and quite acidic. More sweet fruit - grape, champagne like flavors. Becomes watery near the finish. Finishes sweet and dry, with almost a fake sugar (splenda) mouthfeel. OK, but doesn’t seem to be the same super-Belgian some of you others have drank. Bad bottle perhaps?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
While I have been rating beers for only a short time, I have been DRINKING beers of all kinds for 35 years. The taste and finish was so good, that I refrained from drinking or eating for a long while after, to make it last. I plan to try another Orval some time soon to make sure I am consistent in my opinion, but as of right now, I have to say that Orval is the best beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
Rusty brown pour with a thick slightly tan head. Very strong scent that fills the room. Earty, spicy, hops. Very unique and very appealing. Very dry beer. Not as fruity as other belgians I have had. Must more subtle taste. Yeasty, hoppy, slight bitterness, a hint of chocolate. Very fine beer. The alcohol content is suprising as it doesn’t come out in the taste.

   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.

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