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


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RATINGS: 4157   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Robe blonde voilée au reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse épaisse en dentelle, mais fugace. Arômes d’épices, d’agrumes et d’acidité. Ressemble à une saison trappiste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmmello (3) - Oakley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
Laid down for a few years, hoppy aroma, nice golden brown color, great head & lace. Clean dry flavor, very little fruit, maybe a little citrus in the finish. should have purchased a new bottle to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Dry and crisp semi-fruity taste with an earthy and spicy presence. Pepper & maybe coriander comes through the dry orange flavor. Tasted it pretty fresh while out - need to buy some & age it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2005
pours a nice reddish orange color with good foamy head. taste is unique--tart apple, subtle cherry, and a strange medicinal taste as well. finishes dry. while this beer was definately very good, it may be just shy of great, although i really do wish i had more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Smells nice. Head is full of hops and alcohol, making you think it has a higher alcohol count than it does. Different, slightly hoppy but pretty light over, a nice trappist ale. The trick on this beer though is to not drink the head, which is surprisingly bad, esp. for its style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
Aged a bottle for 2 years in my fridge allowing for improved flavor and deeper character than you can get freshly bottled. Beautiful orange color and the aroma is amazing. Dry and hoppy with spicy and orange overtones. This beer is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (330ml). At BeerBistro. Poured a darkish amber-orange, very lively, with a huge slightly off-white rocky head. Lovely lacing left behind on my goblet. some very small white yeasties, but not a problem. Aroma was of slightly sour wine, an abundance of sharp spices (coriander prominent), some sour apple, very yeasty and quite malt sweet - almost candyish, with a hint of pine resin floating around. Taste was surprisingly tart, not quite sour, somewhat cidery, with the spices very much in evidence - not terribly sweet or malty, and with warming some citrus fruit bitterness settled out along with a surprising degree of alcohol-burn harshness for a 6.2%. It also had the usual Belgian double ashy taste, which I quite like. Mouthfeel was lively, carbonated and a bit acidic. I’m glad to report I enjoyed this - my first experiences with Orval were very positive, then I bought two at LCBO in January 2005 which tasted like an ashtray, but after this one I’m sure those were the abberation. A solid trappist ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Bright, dark orange color with that fantastic head and wonderful lacing. Beautiful to look at. My first sniff, spicyness, fruity, even mediciny. Very unique. It looked and smelled better than it tasted for me however. Still, a great beer and probably the most complex brew I have tried so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
spicy aroma dull bronze color with an off white head thats floating like an iceberg. clean and crisp with a citrus and spice flavor corriander maybe. very distinctive like all of Belgium’s beers. This is a keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2005
This beer is bottle conditioned so I poured very carefully. It poured a slightly haze amber color with an ample rocky white head that dissipated to a minimal head but left nice lacing on the glass. The aromas of dried fruit and raisins were accompanied by pepper and cut grass. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and the texture was dry. The initial taste was medicinal and slightly dusty. This becomes extremely dry and crisp in the middle. The finish is slightly bitter and astringent. Has this beer turned?

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