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

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RATINGS: 3881   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%


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Those Belgians sure brew some good stuff. This beer had the typical carbonated Trappist Ale palate and finished with hints of fruit and hops. Definitely dry and awfully tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Wow. This has an intoxicating aroma which is wonderful. Picking out some orange, what reminds me of blackberry brandy and maybe a little wet leather. Plenty of hops and herbs. Huge dense head which reduces to a thin foam. Head lasts the duration with great carbonation. Medium/dark orange/amber color. Flavor is quite complex with notes of blackberry, some malt and a bit of hops amongst a plethora of other flavors. Very crisp and dry with plenty of spices and herbs in there. FInish is slightly bitter and dry. A long finish which ends with a smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. A great beer thats only down side is that it is not available in 750ml bottles. AHHHHHHH!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
I really enjoyed drinking this, but it could almost felt like I was drinking a fruit beer. An intensely creamy head, that just keeps growing, mine had this design of a DQ ice cream cone with a little curly q at the top. Huge flavors of fruit, tasted like I was drinking bananas with cloves and spices. Champagne like mouth feel, with very lively carbonation. Finish is clean and very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Cloudy, orange-amber color,setiment floating,nice head that doesnít disappear quickly.Strong hoppy smell, with just a touch of fruit. Classic complex taste, lingers nicely in the mouth.The way it coats the mouth, it may not be a good companion with many foods.I loved the aftertaste. Glob of head lasted till end. Tastes best from a Chimay glass.Added feature, the glass had a wonderful fragrance after I had finished.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottled Cloudy orange with a large bubbly head. Sourish aroma with pomerance, clove and some other spices. Light, warming alco-feel. Fresh and sourish. Spiciness from citrus here as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours with a huge foamy head which leads to great lacing. Very complex aroma, sugary banana with citrusy orange and a hint of alcohol. Complex taste also, acidic with aftertastes of wood. Slightly bitter and a bit sweet. Very long and pleasant finish. Medium bodied and dry. With lively carbonation. The alcohol is masked just enough so you know that it is there. Very nice thick yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2003
7/30/03: bottle.
slight yeast aroma with some hints of an oak barrel. honey-orange body with a modest amount of lacing. lots of carbonation. tastes similar to a lambic. somewhat champagne-ish with some fruit and a slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Cloudy orange body with a pleasent off-white head. Not much lacing.
Belgian candi sugar, hops and a bit of sourness dominate the aroma. Hops become more pronounced as the beer warms.
Sour and hoppy. Spicy. Maybe even a tart apple. Yeast is lending some interesting flavors too. Complex. May require more testing in the future.
Very dry, crisp finish. Acidic tartness too. Prickly on the tongue.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1910) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 The head just stuck around till the very end. It smelled wonderful, and I enjoyed the flavor immensely. Easily one of my favorite beers.

RERATE: The pour is a light orange with a very large rocky white head. Aroma is hoppy, flowery, spicy. Very aromatic and attractive even before the first sip. This is a beer you can just sit and sniff for an hour before your first taste. The palate is perfect with just the right amount of carbonation and dry finish. Itís delicious and refreshing, not to mention beautiful.

Bottled 6/27/2006, almost a year and a half old. Pour is a bright amber/orange color. The head is white lace smoothly covering the beer and climbing the glass. A beautiful beer. The aroma is sweet yet spicy. Full in the nose and very attractive. Flavor is ever-changing, sweet and creamy to dry and spicy. The perfect example of a complex Belgian beer. I can imagine drinking this beer after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but I can also picture sipping it by a fire in the cold of winter. Itís perfect for every occasion.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 When the foam subsided, it had a hazy orangy color and a splendid head that stuck around for the duration. Tons of fruity and floral aromas, lemon, pepper. Fairly well hopped, reminds me in a way of a Witbier but bigger, kind of acidic, spices, grapefruit, melon, really different. Finished dryish and tart. Ex. 17/07/2007


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