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


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RATINGS: 4037   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Nice big frothy head...witha a golden haze color. Smells of oranges, citrus, flowers with a nice hoppyness. Feels a bit like brut champagne when it first hits the mouth...but settles quite nicely. Great blend of malt, citrus and that "rose petal" taste...very drinkable

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Bought this one at the LCBO. Not sure where they kept this before putting it on the shelves but it tastes awful. I was expecting a perfumy blend of citrus and herbs but got drain cleaner. Hope this tastes different the second time around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2005
nice large head...golden with reddish swirls..smells of fruit..grapes and orange...iíve never drank a beer like this..sparkling/bubbly mouthfeel taste fruity and later quit bitter...itís something else..very nice (11.2oz bottle 10-03-04)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottle: Very nice aroma. Flowery, fruity, lots of orange peel, and hops in the nose. Very hazy orange with small sediment. Big off-white head with good retention. Lots of citrus and orange peel. Nice maltiness with a nice hop balance in the finish. Sourness lingers in the background and really blends well with the other flavors. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable in the finish. Leaves a light hop and sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 [bottle from peckhams] Orval pours a lasting rocky head which nestles atop a midly foggy orange/rose beer. It has beautifully blended aromas of pine and parma violets, perfume with lots of floral notes as well, there is also a distinct yeastines and a background medicinal quality. the body is light and sparkling and the finish is bone dry with just a touch of bitterness. utterly complex, utterly unique, utterly brilliant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 Iím biased, and may have gotten a sub-optimal bottle. (Bottled 1/28/03.) Iím an IPA junkie, and even managed to revel in Rochefort 10, but this didnít do much for my unquenched palate. Lots of dryness, lots of bubbly carbonation making a bubbly, gassy feeling in líestomach. Primo appearance, cross between foamy and bubbly, gets 5/5 just because it looks as good as those IPAs I give a 5/5 to. I took this one in slowly to get it as it warms, and I succeeded only in getting a warmer dryness and bubbliness. Still thin-and-lite feeling, very little of the complexity the sixth-sensers around here detect. Perhaps even drier than British humor? Is Withnail reallly nearly as funny as Lebowski?

(Maybe I didnít let it warm enough? I only started to pick up hints of pleasant flavor at the very tail end of the glass. Still, I had no such problem with Roche 10. Maybe what flavor there was settled towards the bottom....)

Not for me at this point in time. I tried to be as lenient in my ratings as my subjective enjoyment would allow, but it wonít come out to the degree of reverence the consensus has given this one. Reminds me of Ozu and Antonioni . . .

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2005
The first thing you notice is the huge head and the cloudy light brown color of this ale. Next you detect the aroma which in this case is a little like old cheese or maybe stinky feet (could be a yeast issue). The taste is fruity almost citrus like with a hint of licorice and has a delightfully strong hop but without the usual bite. The aftertaste is somewhat peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Poured a murky amber with a tall creamy white head that never completely dissipated. Aroma is light spice and grass... very unique. Probably would take some getting used to. Taste is just as unique... very tart and acidic, with a large spice character and an herbal grassy finish. Good mouthfeel. The tartness makes this beer very refreshing, but I can see why some people would find it distasteful.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2005
(bottle) Huge head, bordering on the ridiculous. Taste, as I expected, was that of a fairly mild Belgian. A little less sweet and a little more hoppy than Iíd generally prefer, but a very good beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Drink by date = 6/06. Poured a hazy orangish-amber, with a Big frothy white head. The aroma was (I swear) banana pudding with citrus (orange?) and other lite spiceyness. Much less Belgian than I expected. Wood, yeast, lite malt and dryish hops at the finish. Overall the body was fine, and I would describe the whole beer as dry. I think I see why people really like this beer, and I suppose I can see why this might hit the top of some peoples chart. I liked it.

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