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

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RATINGS: 3658   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%


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
pours hazy orange with a ridiculously huge pillowy head. perfumy, orangy, slightly spicy and yeasty aroma. tangy citrus and fruity berry flavours dance around on the tongue, while anise and herbs play with the hops. delicious.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 Re-Rate 8/24/07. Didnít note the batch number but damn was it a fine bottle, had the perfect balance of sourness and hops. All beer should be this complex and tasty RE-RATE 12/3/02: I think I need to drink Orval more often, every time I have one i just donít understand this beer, the black pepper flavor is too much

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4361) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 (Re-rate) Pours a huge head and orange-amber body. Aroma of melons, spice and perfume. nteresting spiced flavour with strong taste of grapefruit and lime. Finishes tart and acidic. Nice.(Original) Full marks for extension on this head.. keep going, Baby! A likable aroma and great finish (4.2)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Strong citrus-fruit and floral aroma hits as soon as the bottle is opened. Pours a cloudy orange amber, slightly lighter than good apple cider. Beautiful off-white head extends more than 1/2 and inch above the top of the glass. Leaves lace with each sip. Mildly sweet citrus flavor along with tart apples balanced perfectly with a clean, dry finish and just the right amount of carbonition. My bottle was 6.9% ABV rather than the 6.2% listed here. Leaves you feeling warm and cozy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 Cloudy yellow gold with a decent head. Good hop aroma and spiced flavour, dry and a great aftertaste. The strangness of the Orval is enjoyable and odd.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
I think the reason this beer gets such high marks is not because itís actually that good, but because itís very distinct. Iíve never had anything else like it. And because itís so distinct, itís also very memorable, and memories of other things will stick to it. Maybe you drank this for the first time at a wedding, or the day your first son was born. Whatever it was, the next time you taste it, all those memories will return vividly. Anyways, I thought this was good, but not perfect. Soapy, citrus, leather, spicy, herb, a bit of everything in here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2003 I missed the licorice aspect of this one, but did notice how dry and wonderful each sip was. There is something special about drinking beer in a wine glass that just makes the whole experience classy...just tell the girl you are with that it"s wine and she"ll love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
pale orangy amber ,expansive creamy tan head. Great natural carbonation.Sharp heady nose.Tangy and effervescant. Long finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Copper bronze color. Gargantuan frothy head leaves a topographical map of mountain ranges in my glass. The lace is slumping from the very edge. Medicine/disinfectant smell at the onset subsides into a citrus and wild flower aroma. Hints of Tropical fruit, i.e. bananas, watermelon, guava, tart berries, carambola, and papaya with a touch of ísweet-tartsí candy. Very dry, as this brew sucks the moisture from the palate leaving a lingering fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Champagne-like palate with similar amounts of bubbles. Hints of raisins and pears, with a definite hop presence. Licorice comes out after a few sips. Due to situational exigencies, I drank this one warm. I think it would have been better slightly chilled. This beer is dry throughout, but the finish was especially so. Winelike character.


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