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


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RATINGS: 4192   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PaulGator22 (9) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
Aged a bottle for 2 years in my fridge allowing for improved flavor and deeper character than you can get freshly bottled. Beautiful orange color and the aroma is amazing. Dry and hoppy with spicy and orange overtones. This beer is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (330ml). At BeerBistro. Poured a darkish amber-orange, very lively, with a huge slightly off-white rocky head. Lovely lacing left behind on my goblet. some very small white yeasties, but not a problem. Aroma was of slightly sour wine, an abundance of sharp spices (coriander prominent), some sour apple, very yeasty and quite malt sweet - almost candyish, with a hint of pine resin floating around. Taste was surprisingly tart, not quite sour, somewhat cidery, with the spices very much in evidence - not terribly sweet or malty, and with warming some citrus fruit bitterness settled out along with a surprising degree of alcohol-burn harshness for a 6.2%. It also had the usual Belgian double ashy taste, which I quite like. Mouthfeel was lively, carbonated and a bit acidic. Iím glad to report I enjoyed this - my first experiences with Orval were very positive, then I bought two at LCBO in January 2005 which tasted like an ashtray, but after this one Iím sure those were the abberation. A solid trappist ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Bright, dark orange color with that fantastic head and wonderful lacing. Beautiful to look at. My first sniff, spicyness, fruity, even mediciny. Very unique. It looked and smelled better than it tasted for me however. Still, a great beer and probably the most complex brew I have tried so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
spicy aroma dull bronze color with an off white head thats floating like an iceberg. clean and crisp with a citrus and spice flavor corriander maybe. very distinctive like all of Belgiumís beers. This is a keeper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2005
This beer is bottle conditioned so I poured very carefully. It poured a slightly haze amber color with an ample rocky white head that dissipated to a minimal head but left nice lacing on the glass. The aromas of dried fruit and raisins were accompanied by pepper and cut grass. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and the texture was dry. The initial taste was medicinal and slightly dusty. This becomes extremely dry and crisp in the middle. The finish is slightly bitter and astringent. Has this beer turned?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jhliesen (810) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle--Color is a cloudy orange to golden color with a large head that completely reduced to leave a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was of hops and citrus (orange perhaps?). Tastes dry almost like a dry wine, Reisling perhaps. A bitter finish. A wonderful beer that took a taste or two for me to start to enjoy and I was sorry when the glass was empty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 4, 2005
A deep amber color with a frothy light brown head. A fruity aroma and taste like a brut champagne. Very dry on the palate.

   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.

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