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

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RATINGS: 3799   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%


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Facinating aroma somewhere between catnip and flowers. Huge large bubble, chunky head. Hazy orange color liquid. Taste is between and IPA and some sort of medicine. Extremely dry finish, allmost cottonmouth feel. Quite different than ant Trappist ale I have had before and I will revisit this one again.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Swirling brown and rocky head. Nose, nose, nose...where do I start. A garden of flowers, walking past the heavily make-upped/perfumed cosmetic counter MILFs at the mall, thick sugar water, grapefruit rinds, pound cake, pizza crust, weeds. Amazing. The taste is loose like a herd of mad-cow infected, ephedra-fed rodeo bulls revenging every slain cow in the history of Spain. Huge rollercoaster of sweet and fruity bubbles. Thick on my tongue, but dancing lightly and fizzily on the roof of my mouth. Lighter fruits are syrupy... peach, lemon, while the plummy taste seems highly carbonated. Jiffy mix in the middle, pancakes. Dry and hoppy somewhere here in the end. Unbelievable. $5 is well worth the admission.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Brown body with a sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor is flowery and sweet with alcohol. Some oaky, leather and perfume flavors as well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Warm, inviting brown in color with a long lasting head. Fruity sweet aroma with a tinge of hops. The flavor is VERY hoppy, but it's not abusively so. The attack is very discreet, with a linger that's only noticable if you think about it. The fruity overtones vanish quickly, easing you into the hops flavor.

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 (5542) - 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.


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