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


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RATINGS: 4158   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005
The most "exotic" trappist ale and very different from the others. Orvalís legendary bitterness is disliked by some, but is integral part of this beer from one of Belgiumís oldest abbeys (history dating back to early 11th century). It is recommended to keep the beer a few months in the cellar before consumption for a smoother and more mellow taste. Unlike most other Belgian beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Bottled - best before 14 July 09. Thick foamy head, almost like pouring champagne. Head was present for ages, and laced generously down the sides of the glass. Quite a peppery aroma, but I found it hard to distinguish much else apart from that and olives. Fairly medium bodied complex flavour that is reminiscent of drinking wine. Quite bitter, with a pleasant smoky aftertaste. I like it, but I think I need to compare it to a few others and maybe re-visit. (6 4 8 4 14) Re-visit: This time I can easily pick out the hops in the dry, peppery aroma. In fact, they come across as very musky - quite unique (thatís the yeast you dumb ass). With a best before date of 18 May 2009, this is a llittle further advanced than the last one I had, but it still seems a bit raw. I think Iíll have to acquire some to cellar, and try them gradually in the coming years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 Re-rating this fellow, id had a few bad experiances of this, but now my palate seems to be up for anythign these days. Aroma is outstanding, a beer you could nose for hours, floural and very well balanced. Taste is great too though the sourness gives it an edge keeping it not as good as the aroma for me. Still a world class beer and should be in the top 50. REARTE: Up from 4.8-5. Acht its just the best thing thats ever happened to the beer world. Its utterly outstanding, it just keeps you guessing and completly basts my tits off every time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy orange coloured with a huge off white head. Fruity aroma with some sweetness and notes of spices, hops and alcohol. Fruity flavour of spices and hops. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Picked this up in Belgium in a trappist 6 pack. While this is not an entire stand out, excellent in its own right. Great aroma almost sweet perfume. Taste is a little less dramatic. Orange and spice but a bit to sour in the afterbite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
This orange trappist ale pours with a large fluffy white head. There is a nice candy flavor with a carbonated mouth feel. This beer is not as complex as most of the other trappist ales, but is certainly one of the better beers in the world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Funk, horse blanket (iíve never smelled one but this must be it), funk, sour, funk and more funk. This is the true "youíre not worthy" beer. I donít see it. I tried to relax and let the nose convince me that there was something else there, something more complicated that I just had to stretch to appreciate. But as with all true mysteries, this one is just beyond me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Hazy orange brown amber, copious rocky white head. Acetic tartness and some muskiness in the aroma. Sharp malt flavors and muted acrid floral hop notes peer their way around a Brett horsey, wet hay character. Musty tart finish. Mouthfeel is very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle. Nice pour, aroma of citrus and fruit. Flavor is citrus and fruit also, as well as smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 It only took about 900 ratings before I could really enjoy this. Pours an orange body with a large rocky head with amazing lacing. Orval is always the standard for lacing. Aroma brings a huge complexity of bretty barnyard action, oranges, other fruits, hint of European hops and sugar. The mouthfeel is delicate and balanced. The hops dance on the tongue at the end. I think my only complaint is that it doesnít have enough íbeerí for all of the interesting stuff going on here.

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