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


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RATINGS: 3746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14327) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011
2011-10-30, bottled 2010-12-13, 10 months, 6-5-7-4-13=35
Cloudy amber color, with generous creamy head. Mild aroma, Belgian but not up to expectations, with very light pukery impression. Some malt flavor, almost sweet for Orval, and very low development of yeast character. The final only shows a shade of that lost character. Pleasant beer, nothing more.

2010-08-20, bottled 2010-05-05, 3 months, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Extreme carbonation and huge head; the classic orange-amber color is very cloudy for this fresh beer. The aroma is mild, almost soapy, with some Bretts and cork, and lightly biscuity too. The malt flavor is quite poor, and very green; it has a dry mouthfeel, with some astringency, but all this is not enough to constitute a character; there is a light trace of bitter oranges. The final is correctly bitter but without backbone.
Too young.

2010-08-20, bottled 2009-10-05, 10 months, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Extreme carbonation and huge head; it has the classic orange-amber color, just hazy. The Bretty aroma is evident, delicate, yet sharp. Good mouthfeel, almost round; the malt flavor is spicy enough, with character, even if not the top of the Orval. And so it is, balanced till the end.
Complex, balanced, very good.

2010-08-18, bottled 2010-02-18, 6 months, 8-4-7-3-15=37
Light amber color, hazy; huge head, frothy, it seems that the carbonation is more than usual. The funky aroma is mild, instead there is a stronger citrusy character; woody. Dry mouthfeel, more malty than usual, not enough Bretty, and instead it has a strange cork flavor. Strong bitterness, with some bitter oranges. Not the best.

2009-12-26, bb 2006-01-12, 8 years old, 10-5-7-3-16=41
Bright copper color; generous, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh; there is cellar aroma, Bretts, spices (black pepper); amazingly, it’s even fruity. The body is rather thin, the mouthfeel is dry; dry caramel flavor, average Brett astringency; strong ending bitterness. The deposit in the bottle adds some complexity. Not at its peak.

2008-05-21, bottled 3 months ago (2008-02-11), 9-5-7-3-15=39
Magnificent appearance (forgot to mention the thick lace, last time). It has a very nice aroma, in which the bitter orange is more evident, and with a white pepper touch. Unfortunately, besides a respectable body structure, the flavor is lacking in complexity, the bitterness comes out too late and I wonder where the hop and spice bite has gone. Too young?

2003-08-13, 2 1/2 years old, 10-5-8-5-17=45
Golden color; big thick head; wonderful perlage. The typical powerful aroma, dry, old hops, oranges, wood. Dry taste, again the Orval yeast, but less incredible than the aroma.
A unique beer!.

2003-08-13, fresh bottle
Very similar, but not completely mature, and less hop character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Medium amber/orangy color with a beautiful creamy head. Mammoth spicy fruit aroma. So many flavors in such a nice balance. Lively mouthfeel, dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
(Bottled on 20/02/2003) (Best Before End 20/02/2008) Very spicy nose with a touch of cinnamon and horse blanket. Textbook head and lace. Very high carbonation. Dry and refreshing. This beer was a huge let down.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sigmund (4948) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 (330 ml bottle). Cloudy deep golden with an enormous creamy head. Intense, overwhelming but lovely aroma of ensilage, horse stable, leather and spicy fruit cake. Spicy complex flavour, hops stand out, dry aftertaste. Clearly a world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2003
Love. Yellow-golden-amber-orangy color (it differs year after year). Peppery, salty, hoppy, metallic, bitter, citric and amazingly complex ale. Goethe among poets...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Those Belgians sure brew some good stuff. This beer had the typical carbonated Trappist Ale palate and finished with hints of fruit and hops. Definitely dry and awfully tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2361) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Wow. This has an intoxicating aroma which is wonderful. Picking out some orange, what reminds me of blackberry brandy and maybe a little wet leather. Plenty of hops and herbs. Huge dense head which reduces to a thin foam. Head lasts the duration with great carbonation. Medium/dark orange/amber color. Flavor is quite complex with notes of blackberry, some malt and a bit of hops amongst a plethora of other flavors. Very crisp and dry with plenty of spices and herbs in there. FInish is slightly bitter and dry. A long finish which ends with a smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. A great beer thats only down side is that it is not available in 750ml bottles. AHHHHHHH!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
I really enjoyed drinking this, but it could almost felt like I was drinking a fruit beer. An intensely creamy head, that just keeps growing, mine had this design of a DQ ice cream cone with a little curly q at the top. Huge flavors of fruit, tasted like I was drinking bananas with cloves and spices. Champagne like mouth feel, with very lively carbonation. Finish is clean and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Cloudy, orange-amber color,setiment floating,nice head that doesn’t disappear quickly.Strong hoppy smell, with just a touch of fruit. Classic complex taste, lingers nicely in the mouth.The way it coats the mouth, it may not be a good companion with many foods.I loved the aftertaste. Glob of head lasted till end. Tastes best from a Chimay glass.Added feature, the glass had a wonderful fragrance after I had finished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5548) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottled Cloudy orange with a large bubbly head. Sourish aroma with pomerance, clove and some other spices. Light, warming alco-feel. Fresh and sourish. Spiciness from citrus here as well.

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