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

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RATINGS: 3783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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%


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2002
RE-rate: wonderful!!!! I swear every time i have this, i like it more and more. Dry, nail-polish, candy sugar, citric, woody aroma. earthy and dry, citric (orange skins), with a touch of monk sweat (as another rater mentions), interesting stuff, also noticed a salty sea water flavour, with a bit of candy sugar flavour floating around, dry and hoppy finish, i reckon this is tops, sexy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Bottle date 11/01/07 - Bright orange color, large head with staying power. Aroma is orange with a touch of banana and a little musty. Initial taste is vinous and very tart and sweet and sour. Very complex tastes, orange peel, grapefruit, malty and dry, champagne and salt. Flavors mellow as it warms. Incredibly complex beer. Definitely not for everybody, but world class. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Cloudy orange, with a fluffy cream-colored head that seems to stretch for miles. Lasts quite long as well. A musty smell, like red wine or champaign. First sip is sour, but not neccessarily in a bad way. Salty. Kind of mediciney. Mix champaign, cough syrup, and salt, and youíll have a decent approximation of what Iím tasting. Worth trying once, but just doesnít do it for me. Iíll try it again in another couple hundred beers and see if I change my mind.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Hugh white head w/ a complex nose of orange & hint of banana. A slightly sweet taste w/ a bitter finish. I just doní t like it. I tasted this in the tasting chatroom w/ several others who noted the sour taste too; however, this taste may be more pleasing to their palates.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
RE-RATE: Exactly the same ratings as before, without even looking! One of my all-time faves. Phenomenally complex flavor: fruits including plums, grape, apples; woodiness; ever-changing flavor from start to finish. ORIGINAL RATING: Beautiful, long-lasting head, which contrasts nicely with the amber beer. Prominent grape in the smell and flavor as well as hints of some other fruits...plum, pears. Cloudy due to yeast. Very well-balanced, a little bit wine-ish in the mouthfeel and palate. Quite nice!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2002
This is a beer that I feel I should like more than I did. At first there was almost no complexity but soon very strong flavors (particularly banana) began to emerge. I donít care for banana, but if you do, I think you will like it. Beautiful amber color, nice mouthfeel, large (almost TOO large head). I was surprised to see that it was only 6.2 % ABV, it felt stronger.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Bottled at May 24th, 2005 - tasted at August 8th, 2006
Clear, amber body. Off-white creamy head thatís so typical for Orval. Itís like a white cream cake from the top. Very interesting aroma of flowers, hops, liquor, caramel, ... Lightly bitter initial flavour which becomes more bitter to the end with a lot of subtleness in it: nice complexity and balance. Very enjoyable and still rather simple. People always laugh at me, when I say that according to me this (along with a good gueuze) is the perfect substitute for a pilsener, but I really mean that, because of it great taste and itís rather low alcohol contents.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 22, 2002
Glowing copper color and a dollop of creamy head. Pickly nose and a spicey flavor. Wasnt able to get much out of it till it warmed to room temp where it produced a wonderfully delicate floral brew, laced with anise, white pepper, and flowers. Will have to re-rate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Probably the least appreciated of the Trappist Ales. A very hoppy example that places it in a league of its own. Probably my favorite Trappist beers. Foamy, thick head that sticks to the glass as if it were cobwebs made of sugar. Pleasant hop aroma and attractive orange/golden display.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 Wonderfully foamy, frothy, and long lasting head with big and small bubbles. Hazy and rusty orange-amber. Bright, fresh-smelling nose was full of yeast, with nippy elements of barnyard and band-aid. Prickly carbonation; smooth texture. Malts were lightly toasted grains; gentle yet flavorful. Bitterness slowly built and lingered pleasantly on the tongue. Interesting, malleable mineral flavor. Interesting spices. Very pleasant beer. Every time I revisit this beer I rate it higher.


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