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


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RATINGS: 3832   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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 Poured a golden, misty orange. Lots and lots of head, very frothy. Smelled slightly sweet with a hint of wheat and a moderate amount of hops. Also a slight tart malt finish. It tasted similar to a wheat beer, but with a Belgian twist. A bit musky, but very matured. Hints of citrus were present. Very dry aftertaste but kept me coming back for more. Overall very satisfying, but too expensive for me ($4.50 per 1/3 L). On a side note, there was a huge chunk of yeast at the bottom of mine, and it accidentally found it's way into my glass and then the whole thing was very undesirable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madsberg (10309) - SÝborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Bottled: Well this is the 20. beer in my christmas calender of 24 beers. Until now its by far the best. Has a hazy orange colour and a huge impressive head. The sight of it reminds me of a wheat beer. The aroma has some similarities to wheat beer as well, but you instantly know, that its not. Very spicy aroma. The flavour is special. Coriander and elderflower is present and a powerful saltyness, that makes this beer quite special and different. The hoppy bitterness in the end is remarkabel. All in all this is one of the best beers iíve tried, simply because it is so different to other beers iíve come across. Iíve visited this frequently over the past years, and the beer has become one of the regulars, always present in my fridge. Must say that this is beerart at its best. Might as weel admit it to myself. This is simply the nearest to beer perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
This is a very hoppy beer. Not necessarily bitter hops, but just a lot of hops flavor. Nice aroma, Relatively thick for its color. Head never dissipated, very thick and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brisbane (24) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
This beer reminds me of springtime when the ground thaws and the dog droppings from winter begin to thaw. This beer, like the spring ground, wafts a thick, peaty smell of crap. Mulchy and fecal. This beer is dry and bitter. However, it looks very sweet and inviting. The head is very bulky and the color is auburn. It smells sweet, yet hides a pungent secret. On the palate itís very raw and flat...reminds me of liqour. The aftertaste is like amonia. Drinking this beer was like drinking venom. Therefore, I could not finish the glass I had poured. Due to the beerís strange character Iíll probably be buying another soon. Afterall, itís only $2 per bottle. It would be impossible to forget the taste of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 First rating: Dec 14, 2002
Odd doggy pooh aroma. The aroma is very complex with nice floral, musky, bitter tones to it, but there was still an overwhelming stench of pooh. The flavor was very similar to the aroma...floral, musky, orange peel, spicy. Again, the overwhelming flavor of pooh. I really wanted to enjoy this beer. I've been looking forward to tasting it for months. Maybe I'm not mature enough as a beer rater for this beer.

Oct 2, 2003
I'm getting it now. Very much like a geueze...extremely lemony, grassy, sour. I'm enjoying this much more than last time. The numbers reflect my experience this time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 i've learnt to like olives lately, and now i really like orval. totally unique. incredibly dry, salty and flowery, and full of bizarre flavours you never would have expected to pop up in your beer glass, like capers and olives. also uncompromisingly hoppy. and possesses the greatest head among all beerkind. like a cocktail of gueuze and landlord. woahhh this is nearly my favourite beer now. i'm gunner follow dallasbryan's suggestion and brew with the weirdarse yeast and see how it goes. yeast update: for the brewers amongst you, this turns out beautiful for the first couple of months, full, malty, with a beautiful orval head, and brett character, then the brett starts to TAKE OVER and progressively turns it into a gutchurning bacteria concoction. the actual saccharomyces in there is first rate though, just gets out-eaten by the brettanomyces.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Oh! Itís so dry! and quite bitter too. Yet it does smell quite sweet and flowery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 {Iíve been revisiting this beer a lot lately, and I find it to be deliciously dry and crisp, and probably one of my favorite belgian ales, if not beers in general] This beer has an excellent head that looks almost like whipped cream (which has already been pointed out), and an inviting, sweet, fruity aroma. This aroma, however, is misleading, because this taste is very dry, with a bitter, citrus flavor that I, at first, found unenjoyable. But, when I finally let the flavors settle into my palate, set aside my expectations, and tasted this beer for what it was, it was actually quite good. I will probably buy it again, but at 4.99 for an 11.2 oz. bottle, it probably wonít be very often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Wow. What a dichotomy. Easily one of the most "active" beers Iíve ever had. Popped the cap and sat the bottle down. When I looked at it a few minutes later a meringue-like foam had creeped up over the lip of the bottle. After pouringan incredible head arose, creamy and light. Leaving a thick lacing on the glass. The aroma was amazing. Fruity, sweet and full. Then I tasted it. Ooh fa. Hops. Hops hops and more hops. A fruity start gave way to a quick bitterness followed by a lingering, dry metallic flavor. A great beer if you are into the left coast style over over-hopping beer. However not so great if you like the malty-er beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2002
Interesting considering itís a trappist beer, would have to be at the bottom of the heap. After tasting Westvletren...well what can i say.

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