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

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RATINGS: 4037   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8728) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
Dark gold in colour with a small head if poured into its own chalice. Has a super spicy aroma with bananas and oranges. Flavours are very bitter oranges and pith. Nice foam in the mouth feel. Has a very long dry finish. A good hoppy trappist beer that is pretty unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Pours cloudy amber with some chill haze. *Huge* head, minimal lacing. Smells of bananas and cloves. This would have tasted a lot better, I'm sure, had I not just had a Duvel. This is good but not *that* good. It's fruity and spicy as it should be. This is right in between the Duvel and NB's Trippel. It has an astrigent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and drinkability is good except for the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Deep copper color with a huge head. Aroma is yeast, banana's and malt. Taste starts sweet but becomes bitter and spicy with a dry aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Beautiful orange/golden body with a massive head. The bubbles are fine, the head lingers and leaves excellent lace. Nose of spice, floral character, mild citrus, malt and maybe cinnamon? Vinous, bitter aftertaste. Nice malt substance to it, with creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps one of the most complex beers I've ever tried. I'd like to use their yeast sometime!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Pours orange with huge sustained head. Dry and hoppy, easy to drink. The most drinkable Trappist ale I've tried. I wish it were cheaper. i could see myself drinking large quantities of this without any problems.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Pours cloudy gold with an enormous amount of foam. Smells and tastes lemon-spicy-yeasty with a weird kind of hops. I was very disappointed with this brew - it's quite expensive and doesn't compare in quality and synergy of flavor to any other belgian I've tried lately. Yuck!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Hazy orange. High carbonation. Huge foam, which does indeed make fun mountainous shapes. Smells like a farm. Hay loft and some other weird stuff. A little sour, not much. I dunno what to say otherwise. Unique. Flavor is also farm-like. Hay loft, barnyard, stuff like that. Very dry body. It even smells dry if thatís possible. I do not hate this beer nor love it as other do. I have respect for it, though. Iím pushing this up .1 points from my original tasting.

8-26-07 I need to revisit this again.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2004
This is a really different Belgian from anything else I've tried. Nice looking, and good tasting until the end which had an intense flavor of leather/ horse blanket. I can see why this is a love it or hare it brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Strange brew...Weird hop aroma.Can't really pinpoint what I am smelling or tasting?It says 6.9% on this bottled on 7/20/03 belgian ale.I don't think I will seek this out again,but glad I was able to share it with one of the few people who would enjoy a unusual ale like this.Very unique.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Best before 21/11/2010... sampled at nearly two years old. What can I say about this that hasnít been said already? Beautiful burnished orange topped by a thick pillowy white head that lasts throughout the entire glass. Heady cologne aroma, brett, perfume, orange peel, cedar/oaky woodiness and a fresh vanilla aroma as well. Light floral flavour up front, soft woodiness and a fantastic herbal hop flavour. Bone dry on the finish with a minerally flinty character that just makes the next sip that much more appealing. Zippy, zesty, and completely intoxicating. Itís hard to imagine a beer that Iíd rather go for than this one, especially at this age.

Best before 11/04/2010... sampled at 1 year old. Deep hazy orange colour with a thick pillowy white head. Very persistent. Beautiful nose, soft brett, perfumy floral hops hiding behind the gorgeous earthy/funky nose. Leathery and horsey with light orange peel, spice and more lingering dustiness. Warming brings out the brett and floral hop nose. Flavour is awesome, straw/hay and a heavy brett/horsey aroma. Very dry and perfumy flavour on the back. A world classic. Great at one year old. I discover something new everytime I drink this beer.

Rerate: 33 cl bottle best before Nov, 2007. What a difference a few months make. Highly carbonated golden-orange colour with a thick lasting rocky head. Cloudy. Strong aromas of horseblanket and other barnyard aromas. Sour lactic smell, leathery, woody, with spicy black pepper and some faint fruit underneath all of these. The flavour seems to be more muted than the aroma would have led me to expect with leather, cigar, cologne and a bone-dry bitter finish. As the beer warms the more wild flavours seem to drop out and more spicy fruity aromas and flavours come to the forefront. Very complex and much more tasty than I originally gave it credit for. 7 5 8 3 16

Rating on January 10, 2004. Clearly, this is one that people are divided on, but Iíve got to say that I didnít like it. It looks fantastic in the glass, orange-blonde colour, cloudy with a huge pillowy head. Smells very peppery, spicy, and bitter. It has a very strange peppery/herbal taste and a long skunky/moldy finish somewhat similar to blue cheese. Has a very full body, basically dragging out the stanky taste with noticible alcohol. I did not enjoy this one at all. 3/5/3/3/7


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