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


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RATINGS: 4155   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Hazy coppery color. Typical frothy belgian head. Taste is dry with a hint of hop and a slight fruit taste. I like this, but itís nothing over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
botted. Hazy golden color, with small sediment and a big head. The smell is bitter and hoppy, with lemon and orange coming thru as well. Taste is surprisingly bitter for a belgian ale, I would almost typify this as slowly meandering toward lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2005
Orange with lots of carbonation at the beginning, which you can feel in the mouth. Hoppy smell, like flowers. It tastes fruity, a mixture of bitter and sweet. The only disadvantage of this beer is that itís duration is not too long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
330ml bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. Poured a cloudy orange with generous head. Great beer with good fruity hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 25, 2005 does not count
One of the tastiest beers Iíve ever had the pleasure of sampling. Has a bit of a fruity taste with a huge, long lasting head. Tastes very "earthy sweet", without being overpowering in any way. Has a slight orange tint, which could explain the fruity flavor. Iíve had very few Trappist ales that I didnít like, but this is the first that made want to run back to the liquor store. Only problem is, itís $5.49 a bottle. Otherwise, perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pours pours coppery orange with bubbly tan head. Smells intensely of orange/grapefruit and, woody cedar, hoppy. Hoppy citrus carries over into the flavour. With a warming alcholic finish that remains fairly smooth with a slight metallic aftertaste that isnít displeaseing..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Unusual tasting, to say the least. This stuff must be an acquired taste. The quality is evident and I did appreciate it more as I drank but at $5 a bottle I wonít be acquiring too many. The taste for me finally settled at a sourdough pretzel and grapefruit peel punch. The head and lacing were milky and thick and lasted throughout glassfull.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sten (713) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 First rating on monday, july 18, 2005: 9/5/8/3/18 total 4.3. A very refreshing beer that has a bit of an aroma of hops and malt. If you would dislike it the first time, try again. It gets better. (Bottle 33cl) Re-rate Mysterious cloudy orange coloured beer with a nice white head.Waw, very complex aroma, very refreshing. Perfectly balanced complex flavour with nice dry and bitter finish. Perfect on a hot summer eve or a cold winter night or an average afternoon. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Iíve tried to enjoy Orval several times thinking there was something wrong with me. I thought perhaps the bottles I had were bad. I thought my palate might not have been mature enough. Iíve tried to reason with the rampant praise of Orval fanatics, but I simply donít like Orval. On my last tasting I found the appearance quite remarkable, I canít deny. As it warmed, the nose actually became enjoyable, with its slight lambic-like sourness. However, I just canít get in good terms with the flavor. The bitterness of the hops collides with the tart brett character and finishes with a surprising amount of alcohol. I canít help but grimace after each sip. Its a combination I would expect from an abrasive. 7/15/2005: Reminds me of a high gravity witbier with a very particular chalky dryness and citrusy soap-like flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
33 cl Bottle. Golden in colour, nice fast head. Hoppy aroma. Very dry taste of hops and some bitterness in the aftertaste.The most hoppy of the trappist.

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