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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4280   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Very interesting beer. Unique in aroma. Flowers and herbs/spices greet the nose. Palate is fizzy. Big head. Floavor is of a floral arrangement with clove. Slight bitter finish. one to try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle-Peut-être que c’est juste moi mais cette bière ne mérite pas son mérite. Sa trop grande présence d’alcool m’écoeure. Par contre, elle possède une belle apparence pleine de nuance et très mousseuse. Elle possède un très bo arrière-goût qui rappelle les noisettes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2005
11.2oz bottle - pours a hazy amber with a reddish hue and a huge creamy head that hangs in for most of the event. Lacing is very nice, all the way down. Aroma is full of hops and strong floral nuances. The flavor, although a bit too bitter for my taste, is also quite complex, offering many nuances, such as clove, pineapple, semi-sweet spices & banana. Mouthfeel is not as rich or full as one would expect and, a bit too fizzy. Aftertaste was kind of astringent with a distinct spiciness and it was short, which suprised me. This is an interesting beer, I like it but I don’t think it the great beer that so many claim it to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
This beer is always a favorite of mine. It pours a medium-dark amber color with fizzy carbonation and a light, refreshing body. The head is large, off-white and lasting and leaves a pretty lacing on the glass. The aroma includes big hops, rustic notes of hay and horse blanket and lemon zest. The flavor begins moderately bitter with a loud trumpet of hops and drops off to a smooth, long finish. Sigh. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 The 330 ml 07.10.04 bottle pours a cloudy light amber body reminiscent of cider with a large, rocky off-white head that leaves little lacing. There is a robust floral hop aroma, with hint of orange rind and dry grass. These same flavors are found in the beer itself, with the addition of spice flavors like clove. This ale is decidedly carbonated, refreshing and superbly dry, from initial palate through the long lasting, high hop finish. Very good. (Also rated 12/21/08)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Pours a hazy murky caramel color with an extremely thick white creamy head. Aroma is of bubble bath balls, distinct perfume, fresh spring flowers,and cane sugar. Taste is a beautiful blend of sweet pepper, fruit,cloves and citrus, especially lemon. Very unusual flavor but this beer is made for wealthy palates. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
Cloudy salmon/amber color. Huge head which tried to escape from the bottle before I was ready to pour. This beer has a very distinct and unique flavor. Quite yeasty, dry and with some acid blended in as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Cloudy and tan in appearence. Nice aroma with a hoppy hint. Rocky white head. Light hops flavor but smooth on palate. Great Beer for the rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Medium brown & cloudy. Aroma of perfume, cane sugar and alcohol. Complex flavors throughout, spices, pepper, cloves, sugar, citrus and other fritus, and malts. A little astringent and very dry finish. Decent, but didn’t blow my skirt up the way some people love it. But I’ll gladly drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2005
This is a tremendous beer. Perfectly dry and refreshing but with endless complexity. I could drink this all day and find different flavors the whole time. Pours hazy and redish like apple cider. Nice big fluffy head with great intricate lacing. Aroma is strongly floral; more like dried potpourri than fresh flowers, but very strong. Also spices like ginger, clove and pepper in the nose as well as some fruit like apple and pear. Aroma follows into the flavor. Same floral, spice and fruit. Some banana. My one complaint is the mouthfeel. It is a bit light and airy, not enough to sink my teeth into. Overall, a nearly flawless beer. I know what I want for christmas.

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