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


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RATINGS: 4291   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2005
Bottle. Orange/red color with good sized rocky head. Aroma is awesome. Cirtus, oranges, farmhouse, dry flowery hops. Nice. Taste is earthy, citrus, dry, spice, and a little salt. Leaves you with a nice dry hoppiness. Wow. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Pours a coppery reddish color. The nose is very spicy and sweet, with pine, and bread. The head is light beige fluffy and long lasting. Although the nose is sweet, the beer is dry with a strong hops component. Very floral and spicy, but dry. Delicious. Extremely unique. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
Very interesting beer. Pours a very unique and striking color. The aroma gives off a lot of of pleasant spices that seem at the tip of my tongue but I cannot iidentify them. Dry crisp ale, with spices that fade to a crisp hop character. Woody. Will drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - APR 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Beatifully copper/orange coloured beer with a creamcoloured firm lasting head. Aromas of flowers, freshly cut grass and sage explodes from the glass. The taste is very hoppy, dry but with a hint of sweetness from caramel malt to balance off the hop bitterness and the light sourness that clearly shows through. Very long refreshing finish. A classic (and this one deserves to be considered a classic unlike one or two of the other trappist beers)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13259) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Very interesting brew. Aroma was a strong hoppy with spice. Color was cloudy dark amber with a large rocky head. Flavor was very complex of hop with a long finish with a small bite of alcohol. Good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
Orvalís unique among the Trappists, with their one beer, and its very unique style. The flavor is very distinctive--hoppy and ultra yeasty, and is something I crave from time to time--but its not something Iíd want to drink on a regular basis.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Tasted 27/03/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Pours a beautiful reddish hued gold with a large white head. Looks spritzy. Nose is bready, spicey and dry wood. Flavour, delivered in light champagne-like mouthfeel, is extremely dry and hints at bitter oranges, pith, cinnamon and anise. A pretty clean palate leaves just a touch of the spicey wood hop flavour. I wouldnít drink this everyday but Iíd never turn it down. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Not as good as I had hoped, but still a worthy brew. This beer is pretty hopped up for a Belgian but itís rather one-dimensional, not complex at all it isnít! This beer does have a good floral and orange-ish taste, but itís just not that impressive. Oh well, give it a try anyways

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivnizub (10030) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Bottle: Amber, almost orangey hazy ale; thin, but long lasting fluffy head; big fruity (orange, citrus) nose; the initial orangey fruitiness, with a tinge of candy and malt, changes into a stupendous rich, herbal, hoppy and dry finish (caused by dry-hopping ?). A must for lovers of hops....... Re-rate (03/08): Rich aromatic hoppiness in the nose, lingering aromatic hoppy finish. A real gem...............

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 It was a Wednesday night and as I cracked the bottle cap, the fruity alcoholic notes wafted by my nose. An exam and most of a week behind me, I was looking forward to this beer. Bottled on October 24th 2002, Iím slightly concerned about this beerís freshness, since it advertises only 6.9% alcohol. But, considering its bottle conditioned, Iím not too worried. This beauty is pouring absolutely milky opalescent clear ruddy amber. The head froths tall, then subsides slowly, smearing the tulip glass with a sheen of sticky white head. A fine mist of sediment dances through the whole beer. I put my nose to the glass. Iím blown away by fermented oranges that are swimming in alcohol, yeast, and light malt. An almost witbier aroma to this one. At my lips, this beer produces an unfamiliar experience. The flavors are foreign, mutations of previous experiences, lost lagers, ubiquitous pilsners, but a faint glimmer of that yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Itís full of ethers and a good nose of grape. This beer has aged well, I think. As it warms, it produces this comforting mellow and mature bread like quality, with a nice wet sweet kiss of dried cherries and Madagascar vanilla. A light caramel is produced in the back of the throat, along with a flavor I canít put my finger on, but is familiar. There it is again. It reminds me of baking with my mother. I believe itís light almonds, with fermented lemons. After swilling this beer down to the last third, it leaves a fantastic smack of dry oak and grape skin. This brew is a little harsh on the palate, but maintains smoothness. As well, Iím feeling some strong sour notes on the back of my tongue. The alcohol scorches slightly as it moves towards the stomach and stings the nostrils, very slightly. Iím surprised by the astounding complexity this beer maintains, even after half of it is gone. I always appreciate a culinary experience that reminds me of the past and this beer is no exception. Mid-1960s Bob Dylan makes a fantastic acoustic accompaniment.

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