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


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RATINGS: 4067   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Poured a dark cloudy orange color with a very large white fluffy head. This thing has a head like a rootbeer float!! aroma of breadiness and floral hops.. Nice malty flavor with a lemony/orange hoppy flavor. Actually everytime I take a drink it seems like I detect some other flavors but I canít pinpoint them all. The monks know how to make a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
Finally hit on a good bottle from the LCBO. Amber orangey colour with a 2 finger white head. Great herbal nose. I didnít detect any citrusy hoppiness, but a wonderful spicy flavour, I canít pick out the individual flavours but the complexity is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Bottle: Picked this up last night on my way home from work. Needed a nice release from the idiots I dealt with at work. Poured into a goblet style glass, this beer was orange! Well more hazy dark orange. Nice head that went away at the right time. First taste was hoppy and dry and laxed out into a mouthfull of orange, lemon, grapefruit. Some peppery hints. This beer lost me towards the end though. The last 5 sips turned into a double greyhound ( Vodka + Grapefruit juice ) and I swear the last sip was straight vodka...Maybe I drank it too cold.!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2005
I absolutely love this. Bottle from Ibis Hotel, Brugge (!). Pours lovely hazy dark orange colour, persistant rocky head. Aroma of íOrvalí - very distinctive Brett, cirus hop, orange peel. Great mouthfeel, cirus, hoppy, resinous taste with long hoppy grapefruit aftertaste. Fantabulous! Served a little cold for my preference, but still bloody great and it improved as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Hazy brown body with a foamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves lot thick lace. Aroma is sour and vegetal with bursts of malt and hops throughout. Flavor is the same. This is not traditional Belgian ale, it has some odd fragrances and flavors. Very dry character. Overall, this is sipping beer that should be enjoyed at cellar temperature. Not an everyday beer.

   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).

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