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

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RATINGS: 3798   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2002
At first taste, it was like the usual banana and spices and somewhat harsh. As it warmed up it turned into a different game altogether. The hop pressence (thats the best description i can procure) seeped through and mixed with the banana and spices for this unique experience. The finish had this qyuick breath of awesome christmas spice and was replaced with bitterness. Really good beer, not somehting for every day/week but a nice treat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Wow, this is a high quality beer! Enormous head with a very floral aroma, strong yeasty taste. Very long finish with a wonderful aftertaste. A great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2002
May have been biggest head ever. The foam was very stiff and rose over the top of the glass about 1.5 inches and wouldnít have budged in a hurricane. I get Juicy Fruit gum in the aroma underneath which slinks a cigarette smoking man playing baseball with a big eraser in his pocket. To interpret that, underneath the juicy fruit smell and flavor was something that reminded me of cigarettes, wood, and pencil erasers (especially after youíve just erased something.)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 This fantastic beer pours a light copper color with a massive white head that lingers. The aroma is full of herbal spices, yeasts, and hops. It has a medium body with moderate amounts of carbonation. The flavor is hoppy and spicy up front, and the finish is wonderfully dry and spicy with hop and yeast notes. What a great beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Bottle dated 21-06-2006. It took quite a while to pour this all into the glass as the head was massive and rocky. Lots of orange in the nose with a tangy must smell in the background. The initial flavor is of orange rind that turns into an almost orange liquer sensation as it warms. Almost fizzy on the tounge as you drink it. I found an unplesant bitterness that mellowed as the beer warmed. As I said in the tasting chat room, this is one of those beers that I didnít really like but I would suggest everyone try it once. As said before, Iíll try agian in a year and see if I like it better then.

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 (5282) - 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!!


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