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

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RATINGS: 3750   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Beautiful light copper hue with huge frothy head and excellent lacing. The aroma hinted of bubblegum, earthy yeast esters, ripe and citrus fruits, sweet spice, and toasted malts. The taste The taste is foremost fruity sour with a undertone of zesty yeast and chewy malts. A solid spice and wood presence upon the finish, some happy hoppiness found heer as well. This beer is 6.2% ABV? You could never tell, it's that well hidden. Lively and refreshing mouthfeel, a bit thin however. Yep, it's a love it or hate it brew. I for one loved it. One classy Belgian brew, but I knew that way back in 1988 when I first tasted the greatness of this beer. Highly recommended at least once. My last rating of 2003, Happy New Year to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1440) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Hazy orangy pour. Frothy white head. Pretty decent. Spicy aroma with some hints of fruit. Not as great as I had hoped but still pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Poured a hazy orange, with a HUGE puffy off-white head that lasts through out. The aroma was spicey and fruity. Orange, lemon, and hops on the tongue. Nice dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
one of the only citrusy hopped beers that doesn't use american hops that i've had. really like this one, sweet syrupy taste but with floral citrus hops and a dry finish. and it smells fantastic

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Pours a nice amber color with some lacing. Light with a beautiful floral aroma. Taste is a light pepper and mellow bitterness. Stuff is okay but a bit over rated IMHO.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2003
This is good, but one of the weaker Trappist beers. cloudy orangy color with a rather hoppy fruity flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Cloudy golden orange with a huge white head..Taste is bitter orange, lemon peel, biscuits and alcohol. Finish is smooth and bitter.This is supposed to be one of the better Belgians, but frankly I'm not impressed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Had this one in a tasting with a wide variety of other beers. This one stood out in that company but I don't think it is up there with Westy and other Trappist ales that I've had. But a nice complex beer for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 The most distinctive of the Trappist beers, Orval is a complex adventure for the taste buds. It pours orange and cloudy with a thick, long lasting beige head. The aroma is a symphony of musty yeast, fruit and hops; the flavor has caramel and ripe fruit notes, along with a faint lambic quality from the addition of a bacterial culture. The bittering is rather restrained, while the finish is more dry with some lingering hoppiness. This beer is a Belgian classic and not to be missed as part of your beer education.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2004 (Bottled) Muddy, dark orange color with a long-lasting, lacy head. The very complex aroma is sour and hoppy with a mixture of apple juice, berries, yeast, perfume and toffee. Fruity and sour, dry flavor with a long, sticky and chalky, aromatic-hoppy, bitter finish. Sourish and very dry, medium-bodied palate with quite high, but soft and foamy carbonation. As the most challenging of the trappists, this one requires sort of growing into. At the first few times it may taste strange and too sour, but after tasting hundreds of other beers - and many, many Orvals - it just keeps getting better. Give this beer the right mood and temperature, and it will really flourish.


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