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


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RATINGS: 4269   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
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Has a heady, wine-like aroma, light copper colour, good-sized tan head and a whirlwind-like effect in the middle of the glass. A bit sour at first but balanced well by the hop and malt presence. A bit spicy and citrusy, some medicinal undertones that might turns some newbies off. Essentially, a very high-quality example of the Trappist style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1570) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Rating #500. Pours somewhat of a hazy orange amber with some suspended particles and a great white head. Aroma is tart, fruity and sour with some barnyard/horseblanket and floral hops. Thereís a lot going on with the flavor; has notes of yeast, barnyard, tartness, soured fruits (apple, grapes) lemon, lime, peach, spiciness, pepper with undertones of caramel. Pretty complex. Moderately sweet. Only a slight twinge of alcohol in the finish. Medium body that starts of with very fizzy carbonation then mellows as it warms. Great head retention. Really good stuff. <ReRate - great beer. I now find the appearance and mouthfeel to be perfect. Beautiful murky orange with a lasting thick foamy white head. The body is luxorious; medium yet it coats the mouth perfectly with lively fine-beaded carbonation delivering the flavor all over your tongue.>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Hazy orange colour, thick white rocky, long lasting head. Acidic fruity flavour. Great maltyness. Somewhat sour, not as a geuze but it kind of reminds me of one. Some hints of peach/orange in finish. Refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5594) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Far different from any other beer I have had. I was expecting a malty Belgian ale, but this is more like a gueze or saison. Huge white head; cloudy orange. floral aroma. Flavor is highly complex. Sour with herbal characteristics, but not so sour as a gueze. Some barnyard qualities. Very different; very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Bottle pours a hazy dull golden, HUGE rocky white head, super sticky lacing, with lively carbonation. † Sharp aroma of indoor plants, perhaps cactus, with hints of pixie stix or koolaid dust. † Very unique. † Sharp and dry on the tongue, slightly peppery, semi-sweet. † Enjoyable body and mouthfeel. † Becomes slightly sour on the finish. † Very different. † Thanks goes out to CapFlu for bringing the sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Re-rate at 6/5/05: Didnít give this enough credit first time around. Uprating Appearance to a perfect 5, Flavour to a 7 and the Overall to a 15. Strong herbal Trappist ale. Poured a smoky bottle-conditioned bronze colour with an enormous pillowy head that lasted forever and laced well. Big herbal nose, lots of dry hops, peppery alcohol, spices (cinammon?) and dried fruit. Medium bodied and quite wine-like. Menthol on the tongue, spices, herbs, and a long, lasting dry finish. A steamroller of an ale. (330ml bottle, best before 14/7/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1895) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 Vintage: Nov 2007
Consumed: July 2010

Not sure cellaring really worked on this occasion. Aroma is still a wonderful combination of sour fruits, pepper and old wood, but the palate has flattened somewhat leaving a base of mild pepper and slate. Quite fizzy, which perhaps suggests the beer is lively but in reality no really going anywhere.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: August 2005 (3.8)

Golden orange in colour, quite vibrant. Pours a big fizzy head. Very unique nose, massively herbally and peppery, strikes me as a Rhone syrah or a cool climate Australian shiraz (think Craiglee). I guess this is the hops at work. More herbal, leafy notes in the mouth, some pepper, very dry. I canít get over the Rhone characters - quite fascinating. Not all perfect through as the palate does lack some weight and sweetness, doesnít really penetrate on this front. Even so, great beer to experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
Orange coloured, stable and thick white-yellowish head. Aromatic nose of a combination of hops, spice, dried citrus peel, vegetable. Taste is sparkly bitter, herbal, grapefruit and vegetables bitterness. Flavor of citrus. Mild body, easy to drink, rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2005
Poured a enormous fluffy off-white head, took me 5 minutes to get the thing into a glass. Aroma was strange, very hoppy with a slight skunky waft. The first sip was dry and very malty with a sharp hoppy bite. As the beer warmed to room temperature the taste improved dramaticaly, the hops were more pronounced and the slight musky/skunky undertone vanished. A great beer, would like to taste one a little fresher though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, real nice pour. a little yeast and lots of bubbles tells of bottle conditioning. sturdy with dense foam. nice aromas of citrus fruit, bright hops, bread and alcohol. soft, creamy mouthfeel. iíve always thought of this as the belgian pale ale. bright hop flavor, rich malt with an old musty dusty essence, a slight sourness and a balanced bitterness that lingers. great stuff.

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