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

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RATINGS: 4280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 pours and opaque darkish orange with nice large white head. I cant get enough of the aroma--grassy, a little barnyard, and fruit of which i cannot disecern a particular variety. taste and palate yummy, a bit sour at first with a nice fruity, yeasty, and complex aftertaste. i love this beer. i love all the trappists, but this one really stand out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange/brown with a lumpy, chunky head that hung around. The aromas were wonderful - earthy, grassy, clove and spice. The flavor is much more hoppy than I had expected. It served as a nice bite against the fruity, sugar and spice. Fruitcake in a glass, and i mean that in a good way!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
This beer is amazing. It is a Trappist ale, brewed at the Brasserie d’Orval by Trappist Monks in Belgium. Only seven breweries in the world have the right to call their beers Trappist(six in Belgium, one in Holland), Orval is one of the seven. Unlike other Trappist breweries that brew a few different beers(single, double, tripple), Orval brews only one beer. But, my oh my, what a beer! This beer is so special, that it has its own special malts, a maltster produces only for Orval. Seven yeast strains are used in this beer. It is bottled conditioned, Belgian candi sugar is added, and it can be laid down for years. This beer has it all, it is amazingly complex and flavorful. This beer pours to a golden orange color with a thick, dense, creamy white head, and a very lively carbonation. The head is like whipped cream on this beer. The nose on this beer is stunning. Just a multitude of aromas. Very aromatic grassy hop aromas(Orval is dry hopped) mingle with peppery hints of alcoholic strength, sweet malt aroma, and Belgian yeastiness. It is that signature "horse blanket" aroma that is musty and leather like. The palate is rich and complex. Sweet malt flavors, raisin, a touch of fruit, and a rum like sweetness from the candi sugar coat the tongue. The body is big, slightly syrupy, lush and hefty. The finish starts malty, then ends with some really vibrant grassy hop bitterness. This is coupled with more of that good Belgian yeastiness, and a warming alcohol burn. Orval weight in at 6.9% abv. This a world class brew that is a must try for a serious beer lover. It is one of my all time favorite beers, I love the stuff. This beer can be found quite easily, but with it comes a price tag. This beer usually goes in stores for about $5 a bottle. Expect to pay $8-$10 for it in a beer bar. I would match this beer with Belgian cuisine. Mussels and pomme frites would make an excellent match. I for one love to savor this beer, so I usually don’t match it with food. Young Orval has a wonderful hop character. As it ages, the hops fade and more of the yeastiness, and malt sweetness come out in this beer. Serve it with some sharp cheeses, and crackers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Hazy mahagony brown color with a very tall, soapy head. The yeast flowed readily into the beer before clouding in beautiful smoky plumes and gradually dispersing evenly throughout. Very earthy aromas of hay, banana, and caramel. Texture is quite dry and heavily carbonated. The banana really comes through, followed by a mild spiciness that is almost like cumin. Pretty good overall, but I expected more.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2842) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
Ce n’est seulement sa bouteille qui est impressionnante. Cette bière a un arome et délicieux, un goùt épicé et facile à boire.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3500) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Shared with malachi. It was bottled in November 2003. The aroma smelled like a barn - hay, earth and manure. The head was strong but disappeared quickly before settling. It was caramelly brown sitting in the glass. The flavor was astonishly rich - first a bitter taste that goes into the nasal cavity, followed by a dry mixture of pears, chocolate and finally bread dough. The finish was very smooth and dry. A fine beer but since it was a Trappist I had higher expectations, hence the 3.8 rating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2003 Bottle. Golden orange/yellow pour with a thick, but quickly diminishing head. Barnyard aroma containing sweet manure notes and a grassy/sprucey/hay-like touch comes through in the body. Wheaty yeasty, flavor that seems to chew itself in the finish. Bubble-gummy and very tasty. Would try many times over.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours orange with a white and nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, banana, and clove. Flavor has belgian yeast and citrus lemon notes, complimented by the malt. Texture is fizzy on the tongue. Finish is dry and hoppy, without being cloying. Very refreshing. I could drink more than one in a sitting. This definitely has its unique characteristics for the style, and is not for everyone. However, I can honestly say I was expecting this to be a lot better based on the rating.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Spicy and malty aroma. Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly white head. Very dry taste. Good beer but nothing extremely distinctive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 21, 2006
deep orange and cloudy. white foamy head. citrus and yeasty. Maltier than most belgians i think. slightly whyny


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