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


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RATINGS: 4156   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Rich aroma of bananas, pear, fruit and spice. The taste is similar initially, but with a a nice hop kick not present in many belgians. Not being a great fan of belgians (and a hop head to boot) this was a nice surprise. However, the finish was a little thin and watery. Iím hoping my next try will be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seamus77 (31) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2005
a beautiful bronze-orange appearance with that typical lush belgian head, hoppy with a citrus tinge, and heavenly with a great cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Cloudy bronze. Giant, sponge-like head off white in color. Yeasty, sugar, a touch of sourness- smells half way between a gueze and a belgian strong. Barn, yeast, some sweetness, hops, and just enough malt. Medium body, dry finish. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2186) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with an off-white head. Sweetish hoppy aroma with fruity notes - especially notes of apple. Flavour is hoppy, citrusy and perfumy - the last of which I find a bit annoying. Notes of yeast and I think I caught a single whiff of tangerine, but Iím not sure :-). Finish is bitter and dryish with notes of alcohol. A bit too much carbonation. Makes me think of a mix of an IPA and a weizen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3228) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Young beer bottled on 27/01/05, orange-amber hue, with a big frothy white head, with yeasty, piney, leafy, floral hops, even note of cedary and maybe a minty aroma also, on a medium-bodied dry palate with a yeasty, leafy,a very dry bittering hops, piney, leading towards a deep hop bitterness and a quite dry finish. One of a kind of beer, with his unique goŻt díorval!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Similar in some respects to Chimay Blanche or Rouge; although I think I prefer those beers over Orval. Alcohol definitely cuts through to the palate. Great depth of flavor, but not as interesting as Chimay (particularly Chimay Bleu)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkoR (812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Suberb beer! One of the best. Very tasty. Very nice finish. Vive la Belgique!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dingo (37) - USA - SEP 5, 2005
Fruity taste and an incredible cloudy light orange / light caramel color. I think this would be excellent with fruit or a citris poultry dish. Anyway, the head isnít as thick as a Chimay and drops off quickly. Whatís left is a nice thick beer that begs to be sipped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2005
Light hazy amberish beer with a small off white foam. Good aroma of malts, nuts and pine needles. Taste is dry, complex, bitterish and bittermalty. Wallnut peel is whats comes to my mind right now. Finish is refreshing bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
6.9% 330ml bottle: pours the color of honey with a big fluffy head. very spicy, grassy, herbal, dry aroma. slighty tart/acidic/sourness with hints of musty funkyness. i too was expecting a little more tartness from this beer. quite spicy and dry opn the palate. hints of sourness. first sip is pretty boring. straight forward. the more i sip on this beer the more flavors i taste. pine, cinnamon, maybe some clove, floralness, ginger. this is a really good beer, but i dont think its worth 5.49 per bottle. but i am really glad i tried it.

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