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

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RATINGS: 3736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2003
sharp fruity hop aroma, cloudy bronze hue with a speckled frothy head, spicy hop character, firm body, acidic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thrashman (4) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2003 does not count
Another beer with an amazing head. Cloudy amber color with a high hop aroma and flavor. Dry finish but very drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2003
Impressive white head - a lovely pillow! Golden-orange body. Fruity, yeasty and hoppy aroma. Initial sweet/fruity taste that quickly transcends into the bitter and very dry finish that makes you wish the glass full. Keeps getting better each time I have it. Complex.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Pours with a good, creamy head. Color is a murky amber/orange. Noticable hop aroma, but otherwise lacking complexity. Flavor is of clove, fruit, hops. Not quite as doughy as most Trappist ales. Fairly atypical Belgian. It's interesting, but not among my absolute favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2003
Pours exactly like the picture. Brilliant appearance, lovely amber-brown murky liquid with a nice tight bubbly beige head. Retention was brilliant, at least 1/2 head stayed for the whole beer. Aroma was somewhat lacking IMO. Hoppy though slightly stale hop aroma. Also quite yeasty spicey smell present. Very smooth initial mouthfeel with a dry finish. Could have a tad more body for the style of beer though IMO. Initial sweetness followed by a lovely spicey yeast taste. Hints of clove and cinnamon/nutmeg definately coming through. Slightly sour/acid finish. Pretty good IMO.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Appears orange brown and cloudy in the glass with a fluffy eggshell coloured head. Aroma is intensly sour with a hint of bitterness. (one of the first times I could derive this from scent). The flavour is sour, not tart, but dry and sour (in a good way). A bitterness overtakes the mouth shortly after the sourness subsides. Minutes after the first sip, comes the intensity of the bitter finish. Slightly spiced hints invade the bitter onslaught.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
there's alot going on in the aroma, give me a minute to break it down. Honey, orange, cinnamon, brown sugar, and ginger. A nice glowing deep orange with a topping of whipped head. Damn is the taste intersting, there are about 3 phases. Starts off bitter, proceeds to a creamy doughy flavor that makes my mouth water and then to a very pronounced earth/clayish thick maltiness and then once again the bitterness comes back for a smooth exit. Full circle. Damn this is impressive. Good shit to say the least.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 A lively beer in the initial stages. Moussey nose that has a slight aniseed tone. Very active and astringent beer throughout that doesn't allow one to enjoy the potential subtlety of the beer. Still, it is a good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Poured a large white foamy head. The carbonation was observed rising to the top of my glass. The body was cloudy and an orangish color. It had a fruity aroma. I really enjoyed this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of creamy white bubbles and a cloudy light orange body with carbonation rising from the bottom of my mug. It has a mild malty aroma and a flavor that is slightly fizzy with notes of spice and hops. It is very dry in its finish and has no lingering aftertaste. All in all, it is a very nice brew.


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