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

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RATINGS: 3765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Huge everlasting head with think lace that dances on your tonque. Same color as my hair but cloudier. Spicy peppery nose with floral overtones that if you exhale in it, will intoxicate you. Taste like really ripe bananas with dark sugar and citrus undetones which then become explosive with warming. Finishes like a nice scotch; wish I had a double.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2003
complex and sweet. a standard mix of fruity belgain flavors. An intresting beer, but nothing that will make me move to europe.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Had from bottle on March 1, 2003
Man, this is a full-bodied beer. It pours with a hazy brownish-orange appearance and a huge head that gets a bit shorter, but stays throughout the drinking. The aroma is quite spicy with a hint of sour apples - very interesting to say the least. The taste is quite dry, but invigorating. You can taste the hops and just about everything else about it. It's very thick and not a beer that you can just chug (which is a good thing). Overall, I enjoyed the beer, but to be honest, I've had better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2003
Beautiful pour, great medium size head that lasts. Fruity and spicy aroma. A complex taste off cinnamon, apricots, and citrus finish, great tasting. Nice body, and got better with every mouthful. I liked this better than any of the Chimay's.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 22, 2003
Pleasant apple aroma, very delicate. The taste is delicate and complex: a little acidity in the beginning, then fruity (apple and orange), malty and spicy, with a soft bitter finish. Another great Trappist beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 Rerate Murky, nectar like dark orange pour, frothy off white head. slightly spicy aroma, some long forgotten kid’s candy as well. Funky hard to describe flavor, some overripe fruit, muted spices, tickly mouthfeel. Not for the uninhibited or newbie. More appreciated this time around Original Nice nectar-like pour - even - thin white speckled head with a wee bit of lacing. Hard to describe aroma - akin to overripe fruit. Nice murky nectar-like appearance. Flavor - closest thing I can acquaint it to is band-aids - but in a good way! For $5.00 a bottle - I expected more - but it’s not like I have never paid $6.00 for a Miller Lite at a baseball game! Alcohol is hidden well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Lovely appearance, with a medium copper color and big, thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is very nice as well. Flavor is very dry, as well as having spicy and earthy notes to it. A very unique brew and a great choice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Dry, yeasty aroma. Creamy, rocky head. Light carbonation apparent. Dry and light mouthfeel. This is a rather tasty brew. Rather complex, as well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
Colour is a beautiful slightly hazy golden-red with a half-inch of off-white head that quickly retreats, leaving some impressive lace. Poured into it's proper glass, it's truly a thing of beauty. The aroma is remarkably complex - ripe banana, dark sugar, earthy malt, peppery yeast and the infamous hint of band-aid. Body is crisp and warm. Flavour rolls across the tongue with sweet malt, with hints of orange in the middle, and some hops coming up in the long, dry finish. A truly unique and extraordinary beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
The beer pours a magnificent hazy deep orange, the head monstrous in size, creamy in its consistency and as it evanesces, leaves behind a satiny sheet of fine lace. The aroma of ripe bananas, yeast, sweet brown sugar with the malt underpinning it all makes this a real sniffers delight. Start malt and lightly sweet, the top slim in feel on the palate, biting in its acidity, the hops perky in their spicy bite, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A real treat in all aspects and I prefer it to “Duvel”, and many other Belgians for that fact.


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