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


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RATINGS: 4290   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast that has pepper and mint in it. Color is a burnt orange color with brown trim and a strong head. The flavor is bland and bitter with only minor notes of yeast and pepper. This beer is way overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
5 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Feb 08: Appears a murky orange brown colour with a foamy head and large bubbles. Aroma of cooked vegetables and spices, particularly nutmeg, some medicinal type aromas there too. Rather strange flavour, celery possibly, very complex. The vegetables, nutmeg and also five spice come to mind. But itís also fresh and hoppy, a little salty and some seafood flavours possibly? Lastly, some perfume, makeup and soap flavours. Fairly high carbonation, but not too much at this alcohol level and temperature. Overall quite an unusual taste, one is enough for me. Iím afraid to say I didnít particularly enjoy it but Iíll still rate it reasonably well for its complexity and originality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Even though the bottle has the fun shape I was expecting the usual solid trapist ale but this is much more. Immediately the smell is of grapes and prunes. The flavor is complex. The usuaul trapist alcahol flavor is there but all the fruit and dry finish combine for a very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 27, 2005
very nice head formation with excellant lacing. nice rich gold color. nose consisted of clove, grapefruit, spice, citirc. nice grapefruit, spice, yeasty taste. very nice brew, will defenitely purchase again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
wrecktem (37) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
Very pronounced foamy head. Super-hoppy aroma. Flavor is extremely dry and tongue-tinglingly hoppy with hints of grape. An extremely satisfying beer, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Extremely cloudy red brown - chunks of swirling clouds. Nice fizzy off white head. Skunky grapefruit aroma, skunk in a not quite bad way, like a clove fruit skunk but wonder if somethings gone wrong? It smells potent and weird, thatís for sure. Tastes extremely medicinal and odd. Sour, ashes. Mine is not sweet or fruity at all. Suspect I got a bad bottle or batch. I bought it froma fridge case at Latimer deli and had it in my fridge for a month. This is not good though. I must have got screwed, this canít be in the 98th percentile with 866 ratings if everyoneís tastes like mine did. I agree with the guy who noted metal tastes and stale hops. Like an unsweetened grpefruit juice, a not quite ripe grapefruit perhaps. It is tart, but I donít see the weet. I donít understand this beerís appeal and I think Iím pretty open minded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3033) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Had this one before, but figured I better have the other one in my fridge in order to rate it. Pours out a very nice golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Very drinkable sweet flavor of fruits (canít place all of them) and some malt and maybe a bit of sugary taste on the finish. A very good brew, could drink this stuff all night...that is if I had the money to do that

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle. Medium gold color with white head. Wonderfully complex sour nose, especially as it warms, of citrus, cherries, yeasty bread, clove spice, and an overall astringent sour funkiness. Flavor follows, though is a little sweeter and maltier than I expected from the aroma. Dry and tart throughout, especially in the finish. Fantastic stuff, glad it lived up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
330ml - Happy birthday to me! - Aroma is yeasty bread dough, clove, bubblegum, banana, and other spices. I could stay with my nose in the glass all day. Pours bubbly yellow-brown with a thick lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is very similar to aroma with more of a hop presence and a bit spicier. Palate is crisp and smooth. A great brew worthy of itís reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2005
Offwhite, creamy medium head with larger bubbles. Hazy pale orange-red body with ongoing carbonation. Eccentric aroma that is a harmonic vinuous blend of caramel and earth. Sourish metal taste with some bitterness and notes of stale hops. Slightly watery. Aftertaste simply disappears. Refreshing, but I have to admit that this is a world classic I donít really enjoy that much.

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