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

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RATINGS: 3800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2004
This is a really different Belgian from anything else I've tried. Nice looking, and good tasting until the end which had an intense flavor of leather/ horse blanket. I can see why this is a love it or hare it brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Strange brew...Weird hop aroma.Can't really pinpoint what I am smelling or tasting?It says 6.9% on this bottled on 7/20/03 belgian ale.I don't think I will seek this out again,but glad I was able to share it with one of the few people who would enjoy a unusual ale like this.Very unique.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Best before 21/11/2010... sampled at nearly two years old. What can I say about this that hasnít been said already? Beautiful burnished orange topped by a thick pillowy white head that lasts throughout the entire glass. Heady cologne aroma, brett, perfume, orange peel, cedar/oaky woodiness and a fresh vanilla aroma as well. Light floral flavour up front, soft woodiness and a fantastic herbal hop flavour. Bone dry on the finish with a minerally flinty character that just makes the next sip that much more appealing. Zippy, zesty, and completely intoxicating. Itís hard to imagine a beer that Iíd rather go for than this one, especially at this age.

Best before 11/04/2010... sampled at 1 year old. Deep hazy orange colour with a thick pillowy white head. Very persistent. Beautiful nose, soft brett, perfumy floral hops hiding behind the gorgeous earthy/funky nose. Leathery and horsey with light orange peel, spice and more lingering dustiness. Warming brings out the brett and floral hop nose. Flavour is awesome, straw/hay and a heavy brett/horsey aroma. Very dry and perfumy flavour on the back. A world classic. Great at one year old. I discover something new everytime I drink this beer.

Rerate: 33 cl bottle best before Nov, 2007. What a difference a few months make. Highly carbonated golden-orange colour with a thick lasting rocky head. Cloudy. Strong aromas of horseblanket and other barnyard aromas. Sour lactic smell, leathery, woody, with spicy black pepper and some faint fruit underneath all of these. The flavour seems to be more muted than the aroma would have led me to expect with leather, cigar, cologne and a bone-dry bitter finish. As the beer warms the more wild flavours seem to drop out and more spicy fruity aromas and flavours come to the forefront. Very complex and much more tasty than I originally gave it credit for. 7 5 8 3 16

Rating on January 10, 2004. Clearly, this is one that people are divided on, but Iíve got to say that I didnít like it. It looks fantastic in the glass, orange-blonde colour, cloudy with a huge pillowy head. Smells very peppery, spicy, and bitter. It has a very strange peppery/herbal taste and a long skunky/moldy finish somewhat similar to blue cheese. Has a very full body, basically dragging out the stanky taste with noticible alcohol. I did not enjoy this one at all. 3/5/3/3/7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Bottle-thanks to whaleman for trading me this one of a kind brew. pours a couldy dark orange hue with huge head. juniper/currant on the aroma with other berries and spices. Dirty clothes? super sharp bite on the tongue. I have never had a beer like this, but i cant say that is a good thing. Lots of lacing in the snifter. Definately a very unusuall beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Bottle.Orange in colour,medium head,aroma is of yeast lemon pine woody primal and earthy ,taste is sharp scrumptious and fruity,a nice addition to the passing of fine times.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Very nice pour with huge white head over a dark amber body. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, soap, almonds and so much more that is finished off with a very clean sweet taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Bottled at La Fleur en Papier Dore, Brussels, a classic ramshackle bar, packed with bizarre bric-a-brac (and bizarre patrons) that was once the haunt of the surrealist Rene Magritte and other (?) famous Belgians. Unfortunately the beer list was not that great, so I kicked off with an Orval. It is a very distinctive orangey colour and is bottle conditioned, so pour carefully if you don't want the sediment. It is very hoppy and has a bitter current running through it, finishing with a touch of sourness. There is no noticeable sweetness. Some people expect some sweetness in a trappist beer and find Orval a slightly perplexing experience. I like it. September 2003

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Wonderful tappist beer. I started my trip to Belgian with this one and decided I better bring a couple of these back with me. Pours a deep orange amber with a think frothy head. Looking at that picture brings back nice memories or its sharp spicy taste and clean mouthfeel. If I could do it all again I might've considered celebacy for a lifetime making and drinking this beer. cheers.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Great beer. Excellent aroma and flavor. Citrus and spice and everything nice! The best part is it can be bought all over.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CornyWebb (4) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2004 does not count
I loved the deep almost smoky way this beer lays on the tongue. It's not your average everyday beer, but something to celebrate with your favorite and best informed beer-o-phile friends.


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