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


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RATINGS: 4032   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Iíll say that this beer looked pretty nice. A hazy amber/orange colour with a good sized head that stuck. However, the aroma honestly smelt like pee, and the taste was no better. Based upon the other reviews, I have a feeling this bottle was badly skunked. Iíll buy another to try, but this one was terrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a hazy amber with an ambitious bubbly head that condenses into froth. Strange aroma, kind of a combination of soap and band-aid, not entirely pleasant. Keeping with the theme, strange flavor. Ever touched a 9V battery to your tongue? Thatís the dominant impression. Canít even begin to nail-down the other flavors. Lively mouthfeel, íchargedí you might say. Drinkable, worth trying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Pours pale orange with an amazing abundance of beautiful, creamy white head. Foam settles very slowly, with a lumpy cloud-like surface. Incredibly fragrant. Orange peel, cinnamon, cedar, bread, wet wool sweater (a good thing!), lemon, menthol...Wow! Flavors of lemony maltiness, pleasant understated hop bitterness, with a champagne-like sourness. Body is velvetly smooth, with a wonderful clean finish that leaves just a hint of warm maltiness. This is fabulous stuff. One of the nicest things Iíve ever put in my mouth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Alright, now I have an issue with Orval. Itís supposedly a classic Belgian, and while I know I should like it, I have always hated it. Iíve had it probably a dozen times, each time thinking that maybe the last time was a bad bottle. Well, I had it again, and I hated it. Again. I just doesnít do it for me, itís got a vaguely herbally flavour that isnít particularly pleasant. It does have a great deal of variety of flavours, they just arenít that good. Kind of chewing dead grass and leaves or something. Itís all capped off by its sour flavour. Yuck. So, I poured it. Again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2005
A hazy orange-amber coloured beer with a good off-white head which is mostly lasting. The aroma is floral with hints of spice and has a strange indefinable character in the background which doesnít inspire confidence. The palate is overly dry and astringent while the flavour shows bitter hop characters and a decidedly unpleasant sourness. The aftertaste doesnít linger but this might be a blessing. Overall Ė bitterly disappointed! (pun intended).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle. great color...great foamy white head, laced well. initial yeasty orangey slightly hopped flavor. very dry. nicely balanced but it had one of my beer pet peeves...too much carbonation!! The obnoxious amount of fizz got in the way of what would be a wonderful beer. I really thought that corsendonk is a better Trappist style brew even though orval is a true monastery Trappist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm1 (130) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - JAN 15, 2005
Amber cloudy body with a huge foamy head. Citric and spices aromas. Bitter orange, lemon sourness, yeast and a hopsy finish. Well balanced and with a fizzy carbonation adding freshness. A wonder of a beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Geez. I have nothing good to say about this. People say certain drinks are an aquired taste. That kind of thinking has gotten way out of hand when it comes to shit like this. I guess if you could build up a tolerance to the poison, one could aquire a taste for Windex or 409. Címon. This has gone too far. Orange, resin like color. Looks alright- O.K. Smells peculiar- be cautious. Taste- oh my hell, mix of fruit, pennies, 9V batteries, some weird shit off the spice rack... Worst thing I have ever drank

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2005
Youíve got to like that one. Its dark orange colour betrays its spiy/peppery nature. This is not a beer for wimps. The aroma is very spicy, hoppy an powerful, the head is frothy, and the taste ... this beer has an apťritifís bitterness followed by a surge of fruitiness, quickly replaced by some sourness, ending in a hoppy impression. A remarkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
Nice amber colored beer. Good fluffy foam. Dry nose with malty accent and good bitterness. Fine dry taste with great hoppy caracter.

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