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


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RATINGS: 4070   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DaveZee (6) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2004 does not count
This trappist is a victim of over-hype. Wet earth and pepper aroma. Beautiful amber color with strong head. Hoppy, bitter tast with slight sour milk aftertaste. Not my favorite Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Feb 06 I’ve really come to love this beer. After working my way through half a crate of this since christmas 05 I’ve realised how special this is. Simple enough to knock back after a hard mornings garden, complex enough to hold the attention whilst sipping. Excellent. 4.6
Jul 05 Incredibly well balanced with malt, yeast and hops all noticeable and complementary. Dry bitter finish with unusual numbing effect (like anaesthetic throat spray) on the back of the throat. 4.1
Jul 04 Bottle-conditioned. Spicy citric aromas with at times almost overpowering mustiness. Dry slightly sour flavours. Vergeing on excellent and awful between mouthfuls but just keeps it together. 3.5

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle—aged one year. A vibrant ruby-orange ale that effortlessly produces a large, foamy head that lasts forever and leaves thick sheets of lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma fills the air before you even get a chance to get your nose near the beer. Intriguing and wonderfully funky aroma has notes of decaying leaves, wet wool, damp earth and moss, leather, and horseblanket, with another level of complexity added by a herbal character in which I detect sage and mint (and maybe some juniper, as well?). The Goût d’Orval reveals flavours that are earthy and leafy, salty, fruity, lightly acidic, citrusy, herbal, and hoppy—all of them coming together to form a unique and complete whole. I can’t help but feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface, for this is a truly remarkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2004
The first thing that got my attention as I popped the top off the bottle was the Winey, berry Aroma. The beer poured a nice orange colour with abundant head. The Flavour was mediciney and hoppy. The Mouthfeel was Oily and Waxy. The bitter hop finish seems to be well balanced with the Flat Champagne like flavour/palate of the brew. I expected a more malty/sweeter flavour based on the winey fruity Aroma. Overall, this beer is kinda like a flat Champagne with some medicine or kerosene added. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Great crisp aroma…big thick head and attractive color. Very dry, pleasant sourness is present as well. Unlike most other Trappist/Abbey offerings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
What can I say, this is a world classic. Nothing compares to this one. So, so complex in a fresh summery maner. This beer is unbeaten in its style. Put me on a dessert island; this would be my choice. I think. Filling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy dark golden color, lemon fruity aroma and taste, Medium body and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 13, 2004
Copper/brown & peach colors in body. Head is big, white and fluffy. Smells dusty basement, suede/leather, pine, german hops and sour plums. Big on taste. A light sour tanginess is present throughout. Sweet malt, plum and pit fruit are the main course here with a small amount of hops in the ending. Not bad, but certainly not a 97th percentile beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2004
Pillowing rocky head, clear dark golden. A flowery jasmine and herbacious aroma dominate, quite complex, some stonefruit and a definate musty smell. Woody, very dry, and very flowery perfume, complex, yeasty earthyness, and a strongly apparent asian medicinal flavour, firm bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
33 cl. bottle. Served in Orval goblet. Hazy orange color, mammoth head. A most impressive-looking beer. The aroma is amazing; refreshingly hoppy, herbal and complex. The taste is very complex too, and truly unique. Well-hopped, with a firm, dry finish, and almost aggressively herbal. Lively mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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