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


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RATINGS: 4302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. The bottle is awesome and the pour is absolutely perfect (read: super-thick, rocky, lasting, awesome head). The aroma is kinda skunky, lemony, with a dank, floral, piney kinda taste. I really so no complexity at all, and even a little unpleasantness in the taste, though I still managed to find redeeming qualities. This beer really falls just short of greatness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Golden orange color with a lovely white head that lasts as long as the beer does. Intriguing aroma with subtle hints of melon and lots of pumpkin and spice. The flavor is spicy with subtle hints of apple. A nice dry finish caps this beer off nicely. Truly fantastic and perhaps underrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Keeper (253) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Optimal alternative to the Chimey even if it isn’t optimal. Ottima alternativa alla Chimey anche se non ottima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Very good. Complex taste. One of the best beers I’ve tasted. Not quite as good as Chimay blue but close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wijlen (3) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2005 does not count
laat uw bak orval enkele jaren rijpen en er ontwikkeld een vollere smaak kleine investering als je kijkt hoeveel een goede fles wijn kost

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Robe blonde voilée au reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse épaisse en dentelle, mais fugace. Arômes d’épices, d’agrumes et d’acidité. Ressemble à une saison trappiste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmmello (3) - Oakley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
Laid down for a few years, hoppy aroma, nice golden brown color, great head & lace. Clean dry flavor, very little fruit, maybe a little citrus in the finish. should have purchased a new bottle to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Dry and crisp semi-fruity taste with an earthy and spicy presence. Pepper & maybe coriander comes through the dry orange flavor. Tasted it pretty fresh while out - need to buy some & age it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2005
pours a nice reddish orange color with good foamy head. taste is unique--tart apple, subtle cherry, and a strange medicinal taste as well. finishes dry. while this beer was definately very good, it may be just shy of great, although i really do wish i had more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Smells nice. Head is full of hops and alcohol, making you think it has a higher alcohol count than it does. Different, slightly hoppy but pretty light over, a nice trappist ale. The trick on this beer though is to not drink the head, which is surprisingly bad, esp. for its style.

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