Aquilo (623) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden Blond. The head fills up the glass if youíre not careful. Smells very fruity, like white wine, with subtle hints of spice: cinnamon and clove.Very bubbly The taste is a bit metallic, but it has that pleasant cinnamon and clove flavor in the aftertaste. Not bad.
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Dirty orange, nearly opaque in murkiness. Huge pillow like head without a sticky lace. Flake coriander spices floating in depth of my Orval glass. The flavor opens up the more I drink it. Started off dry hopped, licorice roots, coriander, and peppers, almost intimidating. Then the fruits started popping out more and more, earthy, banana and orange peal. Finished dry with a complex lingering spiciness. So much going on with this ale.
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is fruit, hops, and some yeast. Taste is grassy with fruits, citrus and hops. A rather bitter finish with flavor that lingers in the mouth. You can feel the warming of the alcohol in the finish as well. Those monks sure know how to brew a good beer.
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer had very fresh spicy and fruity smell. Poured a nice white head and had a cloudy orange color. Floral in taste. A little bitter not quite as full bodied as I had hoped. Very carbonated with not much of an after taste. A solid beer just not my favorite.
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Bottle. (Bottling date 061121) Poured a bit too cold, with an almost clear, orange-golden body with lots of co2. The head is big, dense and beige, diminishing slightly. Leaves nice lacings. The aroma is the well-known fruity, sourish one, with spices, yeast and a touch of banana in the far back. I have a little problem with Orval I think. Sometimes, when Iím in the mood for Orval, I really, really love it. Other times, like tonight, Iím not sure. Off course itís good, world class indeed, but it still donít reach me. Not only the aroma, but the whole experience. The flavor has itís usual qualities, dry, fruity, dusty, yet sweet, with yeast, and spicyness playing a major part. Pale malt as well. Quite full-bodied, dryish and slightly sticky mouthfeel. The finish is long, with all the qualities from the aroma and initial flavor, and a distinct bitterness. What a beautiful beer. Pity it was not an Orval night for me. Seems I should have aimed for the dark side, and I think I will try to stay away if Iím not in the mood. Still, rating: 7-4-8-4-16-3.9
Bottled. (Bottled 040401) Golden/orange, lively beer with a huge, dense off-white head. Itís so well carbonated, itís hard to tell whether it is hazy or not. Fruity aroma with medicine-notes. Yeast and dried fruits can also be noticed. The medicine comes stronger in the flavor, but not in an unpleasant way. Malts, sugar, banana, spices and hops is also present. A little too lively in the mouth. Long, lightly astringent bitterness, and yet sweetness, along with alcohol in the finish. First time I tasted Orval, 10 years ago, was at a hotel in a small hamlet in the woods and valleys of the northern parts of Luxemburg. Had just finished a rabbit-dish, when me and my lager-drinking father-in-law had this.That was when he understood that beer is not only lagers and pils. It was a warm summer-evening and life was good. Thought it might suit well as rating number 400, as it is a nice beer with nice memories. (060131)
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden to reddish color with creamy head. Aroma was fruity and pleasant. Bitter taste with a lasting flavor that reminded me of hazelnut or someother nutty flavor. Great trappist.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out a dark golden color with a huge sparkling white head.The aromas are earthy and hoppy as well as the taste.Another truely great trappist beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 pours and opaque darkish orange with nice large white head. I cant get enough of the aroma--grassy, a little barnyard, and fruit of which i cannot disecern a particular variety. taste and palate yummy, a bit sour at first with a nice fruity, yeasty, and complex aftertaste. i love this beer. i love all the trappists, but this one really stand out.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange/brown with a lumpy, chunky head that hung around. The aromas were wonderful - earthy, grassy, clove and spice. The flavor is much more hoppy than I had expected. It served as a nice bite against the fruity, sugar and spice. Fruitcake in a glass, and i mean that in a good way!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is amazing. It is a Trappist ale, brewed at the Brasserie díOrval by Trappist Monks in Belgium. Only seven breweries in the world have the right to call their beers Trappist(six in Belgium, one in Holland), Orval is one of the seven. Unlike other Trappist breweries that brew a few different beers(single, double, tripple), Orval brews only one beer. But, my oh my, what a beer! This beer is so special, that it has its own special malts, a maltster produces only for Orval. Seven yeast strains are used in this beer. It is bottled conditioned, Belgian candi sugar is added, and it can be laid down for years. This beer has it all, it is amazingly complex and flavorful.
This beer pours to a golden orange color with a thick, dense, creamy white head, and a very lively carbonation. The head is like whipped cream on this beer. The nose on this beer is stunning. Just a multitude of aromas. Very aromatic grassy hop aromas(Orval is dry hopped) mingle with peppery hints of alcoholic strength, sweet malt aroma, and Belgian yeastiness. It is that signature "horse blanket" aroma that is musty and leather like. The palate is rich and complex. Sweet malt flavors, raisin, a touch of fruit, and a rum like sweetness from the candi sugar coat the tongue. The body is big, slightly syrupy, lush and hefty. The finish starts malty, then ends with some really vibrant grassy hop bitterness. This is coupled with more of that good Belgian yeastiness, and a warming alcohol burn. Orval weight in at 6.9% abv.
This a world class brew that is a must try for a serious beer lover. It is one of my all time favorite beers, I love the stuff. This beer can be found quite easily, but with it comes a price tag. This beer usually goes in stores for about $5 a bottle. Expect to pay $8-$10 for it in a beer bar. I would match this beer with Belgian cuisine. Mussels and pomme frites would make an excellent match. I for one love to savor this beer, so I usually donít match it with food. Young Orval has a wonderful hop character. As it ages, the hops fade and more of the yeastiness, and malt sweetness come out in this beer. Serve it with some sharp cheeses, and crackers.