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


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RATINGS: 3859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 19/20
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 25, 2002
Excellent. Smooth, subtle, very unique.. one of my favorites thus far. For those who have claimed this is a ’strong’ beer, or that the abv is easily discernable, I have two words for you: YOU ARE A MONKEY. I could hardly notice any alcohol at all, and its a hefty 6.9% (not 6.2%, as it shows above). Very impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Bright orange colour. Light beige head is very thick, and often makes fun mountainous shapes. The room fills with perfume, medicine, noble hops, tangerines, horseblanket. Fun stuff. Bitter body brings a strong citric component, and these are complemented by warming pale malts, an underpinning of alcohol and a sour, bretty finish. Vibrant, funky, alive. With amples doses of malt, hops, yeast, brett, alcohol, a nature that is challenging yet comforting, a potency that can satisfy with one bottle or with four, Orval is truly a pleasure for all of your senses. In short, Orval is beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 8/2/02: I said a bunch of stuff about peppery spice, rose petals & perfume..and how it was one of the best beers I have ever had..
Re-Rate 8/3/02: I mentioned the violet mist that permeates throughout your veins..the refreshing intoxication of complexity..
Re-Rate 8/23/02: I resorted to the ingeniousness of simplicity..’There is a world out there with oceans of orval, and the fish are in control..’

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Fragrant,Orange color, frothy. Somehow reminds me of Christmas dinner. Rich full bodied, and a little bitter, simply put one Awesome Belgian Ale. Extremely Recommended, Local store only had two, now they have none.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2002
Not bad... reminded me of a gentler, ale version of cantillon iris with its gorgeous reddish-orange color and spicy, floral and citrus aroma. not quite as robust as many trappist ales, yet has a nice gentle lemon, orange flavor with hints of tang and spice... doesn’t really knock you on your ass, which is a good thing... refreshing, refined and pretty good, although not as strong as other trappists as i noted before. the kinder, gentler, trappist ale. not for everyone though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
Big fragrant aroma, cloudy orange color. I agree that it tastes of orange peel with a little spice. The alcohol is hidden like an fat girl behind a brick wall. A unique beer that is very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2002
This beer speaks volumes to me about how important it is to develop one’s palate, before one can appreciate some of the world’s finest beers. A year ago I would have hated this. Gorgeous, fluffy, everlasting head, and a murky, butterscotch body. A tantalizing, absolutely unique aroma: fragrant perfume, oiled leather, very floral (roses, lilac) but not really fruity. Honey and grain...what else? I could sniff this beer for hours. Has the flavor profile to match. Prominently tannic, but with so many underlying subtleties. Smooth malt pokes through from time to time, as gingerbread or apple. The finish is sublimely dry, perfumy, and hoppy. Elegant lacing stuck to the glass long after I’d finished. Simply a phenomenal beer, and a worthy choice for #100. Next time I run across this I’m gonna stock up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1340) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Very fragrant Belgian Ale. Nice light floral and citrus tones in the taste. Nice finish. A very good beer with a nice wheaty feel to the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
This is such a strange beer. Most people I know either love it or hate it. A person I was drinking with took one mouthfull and ran to the sink to spit it out. I’m a little surprised the standard deviation for this one is just 0.63. That said, I like it. Quite estery with bananas and some light smokiness. Quite bitter for a Belgian. Yeasty. Some sour and medicinal undertones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 8/15/02 bottle date 10 08 2006, Head was huge, and took a while to die down, on a murky-cider body. Huge musky/citrus/pepper aroma. Orange taste, starts slightly sour and bitter and ends dry as a bone. +0.3 from 6 months ago, most beers go down a little for the second rating. Not this one. First rating: Bottle says 21 06 2004, drank on 1/13/02. Has a head unlike any other that I've seen. The aroma is hard to describe, yet great. The taste is orange, yeast and very bitter. This is a very complex beer that I'll need to try again. I don't like the grainy aftertaste.

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