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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
330mL: Pours a cloudy medium brown/red color. Big white head, good sized bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit(plum?) , hops, sweet. Fizzy, floral taste, slightly alcoholy. Smooth taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Caramel, fruit and hops on the nose. You can keep smelling just to enjoy. Pours a beautiful cloudy dark golden color with a head to be proud of. Flavor loses me a little. A lack of balance and the dryness is a little overdone. It stays on the palate and is actually better in the back of mouth than on the front. Still a classic that all should try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Cool bottle. Got this one íon saleí at Reubens. Maybe that should have been my clue. Huge huge head. Caramel coated grapefruit sparkling wine thing caught me completely off gaurd. Bazooka bubble-gum dew-berry perfumed toilet paper breath had me scratching my head. Iíll give it another try only because of itís generally high mass appeal. Only this time Iíll wait until itís appropriately overpriced.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours with a very frothy head. Very cloudy - a dark tan color. Aroma is very "medicinal" - smell like a doctors office. The taste is no less promising. A cough syrup-like taste overwhelms the tongue and finishing with a bitter and strong aftertaste that just wonít go away. Not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4260) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Bottle at Novotel, Gent. This time I like the bitterness much better. Bottle, at home. Dark orange with large white head, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Itís to bitter, absolutely not my favourite abbey ale. 7-4-5-3-13/3,2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"eagle had it right wow this beer was hard to pour the head was huge, the lacing was awsome. Little bit sour, very floral smell and taste. Over all not a bad beer at all."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast that has pepper and mint in it. Color is a burnt orange color with brown trim and a strong head. The flavor is bland and bitter with only minor notes of yeast and pepper. This beer is way overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
5 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Feb 08: Appears a murky orange brown colour with a foamy head and large bubbles. Aroma of cooked vegetables and spices, particularly nutmeg, some medicinal type aromas there too. Rather strange flavour, celery possibly, very complex. The vegetables, nutmeg and also five spice come to mind. But itís also fresh and hoppy, a little salty and some seafood flavours possibly? Lastly, some perfume, makeup and soap flavours. Fairly high carbonation, but not too much at this alcohol level and temperature. Overall quite an unusual taste, one is enough for me. Iím afraid to say I didnít particularly enjoy it but Iíll still rate it reasonably well for its complexity and originality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Even though the bottle has the fun shape I was expecting the usual solid trapist ale but this is much more. Immediately the smell is of grapes and prunes. The flavor is complex. The usuaul trapist alcahol flavor is there but all the fruit and dry finish combine for a very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 27, 2005
very nice head formation with excellant lacing. nice rich gold color. nose consisted of clove, grapefruit, spice, citirc. nice grapefruit, spice, yeasty taste. very nice brew, will defenitely purchase again.

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