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

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RATINGS: 3737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2200) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2002
Strong hints of fruit in the aroma. Murky-orange in colour. Has a nice sweetness to it. Orange and floral taste. Real smooth finish. Truely one of the best beers on earth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
The aroma was very pleasant with hints of sweetness and hoppiness, but truthfully the aroma and taste itself was very disappointing compared to some of its counterparts. The taste was very citrusy, mildly hoppy which caressed the tongue with minimal carbonation. The appearance was very appealing with head that you could balance a quarter on. Overall however it lacked something that i expected from such an expensive belgian dry to make it a spectacular beer. Definitely not something i would snub my nose at, but not a spectacular, distinguishing taste.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Almost perfect. Belgian yet dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2002
Third rating That wonderful lasting this time more yellow than beige head. Belgian cow/horse barn, ripe silage yard, spicey ginger/corriander and celery aromas. More robust young citric spicey gingery flavours than I remember previously.
Second rating July 14 2002 4.0: Itís the fourth one of these and its quite different again. This time I I got a faint fruity perfumed soap aroma and flavour. Majestic amber clear with a medium-small light tan head but no lace at all on the sides of the chalice. Light hops and yeasty woody aroma with hints of horse barn but still not that complex. Itís definitely the lightest bodied of all the trappistes. Nicely balanced bitter sweet palate and loverly crisp clean bitter dry finish. But..... itís still the poorest of the Trappistes. Picks up several points over my previous rating by being served in a quaint roadside cafe in the small Belgian town of Mol.
First rating: 7 April 2002 3.5

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2002
Beautiful orange colour with big, lasting foamy head. Fresh hopsack and cookie dough aroma that is also somewhat grassy and citrusy. Light, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex blend of moderately sweet and slightly tart flavours w/ prominent notes of orange and lemon zest, fresh flowers, and bandaids. Finish is warm, dry, alcoholic, medicinal, and perfectly bitter. Iím not sure if it is my #1 beer on Earth, but it is close.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Blond body with an enormous head. Huge aroma mixed fruits and hops with malty undertones. Bannana and apple are the predominant fruit flavors that are complemented by a decent amount of hoppy biterness. The alcohol leaves a nice kick in the palate, as do the hops. A very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2002
This one was strange at first sip. Than i got 1/2 way through the glass and than POW, what a beer. I think I will need to drink more than 1 to fully appreciate this beer. Golden in color, complex, aroma was sooo nice. I need to buy more of this. Great beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Update: Now I remember the old magic. I had this one far too cold last year, which lead to a poor rating and which was a terrible mistake. Now I experience the lemon, wood and hint of lactic sourness, ending with this incredible fullness: no particular note of flavor ringing out, rather, everything orchestrated perfectly. Oh, and to describe the palate adequately would be to write paragraphs, and I would rather drink my Orval. Awesome. Old: 3.5I remember liking this one a bit more in the past. My recent sample had one of the best noses in the game, but the flavor was dry and lacking. If I can ever have it live up to the aroma, I'd have a major winner. Will try again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Got this brew by mistake and was pleasently suprised. A nice fruity/tangy nose with a big foamy head. The beer still held enough carbonation. The taste was sweet and slightly bitter, and the finish was citrusy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2002
At first taste, it was like the usual banana and spices and somewhat harsh. As it warmed up it turned into a different game altogether. The hop pressence (thats the best description i can procure) seeped through and mixed with the banana and spices for this unique experience. The finish had this qyuick breath of awesome christmas spice and was replaced with bitterness. Really good beer, not somehting for every day/week but a nice treat.


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