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


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RATINGS: 4335   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daforsto (2) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2006 does not count
Wow! This beer leaves no question why trappist’s ales are held in such high regard. A deep rich amber color, pleasant head and a wonderful aroma are the first hint you are in for an experience. A full textured and body, and incredible finis leave no question regarding the exceptional quality of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2006
Hazy orange amber colour, nice foamy white head. Very fruity nos (citrus, appel) with light malty touches. Full body, light carbonation. Finish is bitter and light alcoholic, somewhat sharp. Not bad, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
Orval is a surprisingly excellent beer -- at least when you have it in Belgium. It is a beer that suffers in long transit, so give it another chance, as fresh as you can get it, whenever you have a chance. Spicy, grassy hop aromas are definitely present and immediately noticable as you pour this hazy, brown mixture into a glass and watch the big, off-white head dissipate into a beautiful lace. Surprisingly, from the looks of it, the malt base is relatively simply with notes of caramel coming through from candi-sugar and nutty yeast aromas pleasantly wafting from the glass. More hops. The taste is nutty, caramelly, and refreshingly dry with, again, a spicy, earthy hop background. Finishes very easy and has a wonderfully appropriate medium-full body and medium carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2006
Pours a deep cloudy amber with a thick, long lasting creamy head. Small bubbles, sourish Brettanomyces aromas with some fruit. Has a light sourness on the palate which doesn’t quite live up to the expectations from the aroma (not necessarily a bad thing). Alcohol is present but not very pronounced. Dry to the taste, apple-musty. Long dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
bottle. Pours cloudy golden orange with a large, fluffy off white head and some small to medium yeast floaties in the bottom. Appears to be lots of carbonation in the pour. Aroma is interesting, some hops, citrus, flowery, some malt and I’m getting a big dose of cinnamon as well. The taste is amazing, lots going on yeast, spices, citrus, slightly dark fruit and a little cinnamon. Medium body and carbonated. Finish is nice and dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 330mL bottle from LCBO. Pours to a cloudy, dark gold, with a large, slightly off-white head. Smell is of malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus, and a slight must. First taste is fascinating: malt and hops in perfect balance, with a moderate yeasty taste, and again, it tastes slightly musty. Fruit and herbs. Tons of lace down the glass, too. Hugely complex, make sure to add the sediment for more flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Pours a cloudy, light amber color with thick off white head. Aroma is of spices and hops with a hint of citrus. Starts off with a citrus and spice flavor that gives way to a nice hoppy and dry finish. Heard some good things about this brew and it lived up to it’s expectations. Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2006
Amber/orange coloured brew. Nice spicy and hoppy aroma with hints of various fruits. Flavour is dry and a bit sour, citrus taste. Overall enjoyable and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Souring scrumpy scents greet the nose. Rather concerned that it might be ’off’. But an interesting taste nevertheless, which grew on me as I reached the bottom of the glass. Worth trying. I will review it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
A very cool bowling pin shaped bottle. It poured a bright cloudy burnt orange into a snifter glass. It had about an inch of creamy white head that settled down into a quarter inch of a chunky head before I started drinking it. It smells like a lot other Belgium beers, you know spicy and fruity with a little malt. So, the giant citrus blast I got when I tasted this was a shock. No fruity flavors, nothing sweet, it is very dry and carbonated like champagne. This one goes on my to buy list.

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