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


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RATINGS: 4031   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4180) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 14, 2004
Wanted this to be my no. 100 beer, but just couldn’t wait (guess Samichlaus will have to do). Interesting (original) bottle. Smells a bit malty with a hint of caramel, even like wine at times (especially from the bottle). Huge creamy white-going-brown-but-far-from-it head. Beautiful orange colour that got cloudy near the top of the glass. Very lively and persistent carbonation. Taste... hoppy, slightly bready if I hold it in my mouth enough, spicy (coriander and more), maybe some fruity notes, and something I couldn’t place that lingers (but not very noticably) both in the smell and in the taste, I thought... aloe vera... but not sure now. Quite sour, but very nice aftertaste. An unique, interesting ale, well worth trying. It really suprised me when I found it in a store here. I just hope they still have some bottles...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Amber, orange, unclear. Tall lasting off white head with some laces. High carbonation. Earthy, damp aroma. Dry flavour with a touch of roasted malts. Some underlying sourness. Slightly hoppy finish. Just great. A three year old bottle was sweeter and had distinct wheaty flavours. Even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Bracing aroma of green apples, sour yogurt, barnyard, hell, I get some cigarette butt and urine smell also. I feel like a carnivore about to consume this truely alive ale. Dense frothy white head fed by an assault of tiny bubbles passing through a nourishing looking amber liquid. It passes quick and dry over the palate and I try to get the layers of flavors. I first get a serious green tea flavor. There are brown bread and malt notes with some caramel. For a second it seems like an Amercan IPA but the sourness and aroma kill that thought. It finishes bitter and tart. Very unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerWeg (1547) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Found spruce or juniper-berry in the hop bitterness. Beautiful beer with utterly unique aroma and flavor.<P> (RE: I’d like to try the 330mls I’ve had lagering for over a year, compared to new.) <P> I found one year smoothed out the almost bandaid-like medicinal aroma and dryness. It made the brew subtler and more complex with sweeter notes of flavor blooming and cascading after each sip. I would really give this one year or more to settle down, as you may enjoy something altogether different. I don’t mind the beer ’raw’ but I totally understand the common objections.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Hmmm, wasn’t too impressed by this brew, but it went down very smoothly. It poured a light amber brown color and had a creamy head. Aroma was slightly hoppy and spicey. Flavor was dry and smooth, also little hops and spices, wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -cloudly amber coloured, medium rich head, strong, dry hops aroma with barnyard and spices, fresh acidic finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 I’m wondering if I missed something about Orval. So highly rated and revered yet I thought it just didn’t taste right at all. It smelled great and looked great but once that stuff hit my lips my fire went right out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 2003 bottle drank out of a chimay glass: beautiful cloudy bronze color with a nice size lumpy head that did lay down after 5 minutes or so.very pleasant but light smell with hints of belgian brewers yeast.the first sip was a bit bland.mostly dry hops with a bit of fruit at the end.i let the head calm down a bit more and tried again.the flavor did get a bit more complex,and the overall flavor balanced out.this beer needs to sit in a trappist glass for 10 or more minutes,then it gets reall,really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. As this beer is bottle fermented, the liquid is a little cloudy. The colour is peach, the medium-sized foam is made of big bubbles and it sinks down to a finger thick lid.

The smell is a little on the sticky side – there are lots of aromatic hops here! I could also notice a clear flavour of fresh herbs, a little sour yeast and maybe a touch of sour cream. Complex stuff…

The carbonation is very strong and bubbly with medium-sized bubbles.

The taste is also quite complex: The first rush of carbon dioxide is replaced by a varnishing bitter-sour flavour. Then, an almost murky taste that reminds me of an old dark rum emerges together with a full bouquet of fresh and bitter herbs: Thyme, wormwood, oregano, sage… The aftertaste is a little more relaxed: some herbs, a little salt and maybe a touch of gravy (!) complement the fine ground bitterness.

Indeed a great Trappist ale, my favourite in the style. It reminds a little of an unblended Geuze in the sour-bitter complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Very unique taste but sure not a bad one. This seems to be a nice unusual beer. The commercial description does a good job describing the hoppy aroma and extra dry taste. The pour produces a very nice foamy and frothy head. This beer is much better after it warms a little.

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