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

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RATINGS: 4022   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%


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
A sweet citrus/floral nose on this one. Also a good amount of head that goes away rather timely but otherwise an average appearance here. Flavor has quite a bite on it but finishes much smoother, remindes me of tonic water. I think the bite from the begenning of this one takes away from the actual flavor more than desired.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Bottle. Beautiful beer. Nice head. A lot going on in the aroma. Slightly sweet, some hop flavor. I think I really just don't quite "get" Belgians yet. Not to say I disliked it, but it didn't knock me out. I'll keep trying them occassionally.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2003
I did not find this light copper-colored Belgian "intensely aromatic," as described, but there was a floral, fruity, almost vinous nose that became more apparent as the ale warmed. Flavor was likewise a bit vinous, with fruit and a hint of spice along with hops. Dry, but not overly so.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Dark apricot colored, with wonderful sticky, candy fluff - like a marshmallow sitting on top when first poured. This ale has a delicate, floral, fresh aroma, yet retains a sharpness. With a full, rounded bitterness it finishes so smoothly, yet retains that pert quality. Really enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Rerate again, 23 April 2008.: Great beer with great taste! Here is all about the liking! Bitter from start to finish, lots of Brett with a sorbet-like body. Bit of gastric juice in aroma, reminiscent of a lambic. Rerate: Beautiful hazy orange colour with a BIG horse-blanket aroma. Fizzy palate at first, with a rich bitterness, then finishes with a rounded mouthfeel. 1st rating 9th of June 2003 gave 7/4/7/4/14. Hazy golden. Creamy, rocky white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, ginger. Spicy flavor of juniper berry. Pleasantly carbonated. Fizzy palate feel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2742) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Nice brownish hue with a good looking foam and lots of carbonation upon pouring. I have had this beer twice and it does seem better the second time around but i really do not see why this belgian is any better than any other trappist.7/5/7/4/15.

5 year old bottle (best before 6/12/2006) graciously gifted by Willblake, thanks Jon. Labeled 6.9%. Pours with a large head into my small tulip glass but the foam quicly dissipates into a strong lacing. Color is deep amber, slight copper. Lots of clarity surprisingly. Aroma is nice sour brett with a slightly milky, earthier feel then I am used to. Taste is very original, kind of earthy, toasty but with a slight overall belgian feel. Mouthfeel has nice lively carbonation with s spikey mouthfeel and a medium body.9/4/7/4/16

Notes from about 5 months ago, bottled on 31/01/2006 so it was about 8 months old at the time. Poured into large rounded wine glass. Present brett out of the bottle, not overpowering, just tells you its there without being overarching. Some tart cherry aroma. Taste is very dry and slightly acidic. Just a bit of bitterness in the end.9/3/7/3/16

Almost an 8 year old bottle, best before 04/09/2005, label states 6.9%. the nose is so amazing, lots of brett but its not super strong or anything. Pineapple, light orange, light spoiled citric fruit, and some other funk. Still seems so fresh and the brett is not overbearing. There is kind of muskiness to it as well. Taste is best ever with a light sweet mandarin, a very light fruit citric syrup. It finishes very dry and has a light pity citric funk. Leaves an awesome feel on the cheeks, tickles a bit yet just comforting light sweetness. This is the best bottle I have ever had. I could guess it has some age just from the light spoiled fruit and syrup-like aspect flavor but it is still amazingly alive and funky. 10/4/8/4/17.

Overall: Funny early rating. I liked the fruitiness present in the fresher bottle but I also like the strong brett that developed in the aged bottles. Always a great aroma and everything seems to get better with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (642) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2003
sharp fruity hop aroma, cloudy bronze hue with a speckled frothy head, spicy hop character, firm body, acidic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thrashman (4) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2003 does not count
Another beer with an amazing head. Cloudy amber color with a high hop aroma and flavor. Dry finish but very drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2003
Impressive white head - a lovely pillow! Golden-orange body. Fruity, yeasty and hoppy aroma. Initial sweet/fruity taste that quickly transcends into the bitter and very dry finish that makes you wish the glass full. Keeps getting better each time I have it. Complex.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Pours with a good, creamy head. Color is a murky amber/orange. Noticable hop aroma, but otherwise lacking complexity. Flavor is of clove, fruit, hops. Not quite as doughy as most Trappist ales. Fairly atypical Belgian. It's interesting, but not among my absolute favorites.


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