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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 7/10/03 : Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge light beige head. Aroma is spicy with hints of band-aid. Complex medicinal flavors (taste like a dentist office smells). Dry spicy aftertaste that’s not too shabby. Definately NOT my favorite Belgian ale (5/4/5/4/14 tot.3.2). 10/13/06 re-rate: Hazy peach color with a huge white head. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of grape. Flavor starts sharply acidic and fruity with orange zest and finishes quite dry and bitter with a touch of saltiness. Medium bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Now one of my favorites. Seems like my previous rating may have been a poorly kept bottle (or perhaps my palate has been educated).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 [Re-rate] The more Orval I drink, the more I love it. I love the sexy pin-shaped bottle, the cool designer glass (not that I own one... yet!), and the perfect appearance of its shiny, slightly cloudy orange body sormounted by a tall, generous, fizzy off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, very yeasty and spicy. A mix of champagne, grapefruit and... well, horse blanket (thanks ecrvich)! Strong, complex taste: orange, a thin maltiness, a nice hoppy kick; bitter, sour, crisp. Extremely drinkable. Medium/full body. Long, acidic, dry, bitter finish. If you didn't like it the first time, please do give it a second try: it worked for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2003
I'm not a big fan of trappist ales because most of them taste like a bouquet. Well maybe I had some cheap ones,however, this one is strong and very floral smelling but decent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Tasted at "Bistro des Bières Belges" on Montreal's south shore in a bottle labeled 6,9% rather than the 6.2% suggested here. While pouring the liquid, you come to understand what's with everyone talking about all the unique flowers in the aroma from this legendary trappist beer. Lilac is all over the place, your nose doesn't even have to be close to the nice graal-like glass. The numerous and regular bubbles escape relatively fast leaving just a perfect relatively small off-white head. The taste is very spicy with coriander, citrus and just so many I can't name. Bitterness steps in and dance in unity with those spices among the flowers. A nectar!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Metallic, golden hue and huge frothy head. Aroma of bananas, citrus, sour berries, freshly cooked candy sugar, esters, cinnamon, and leather. Flavor is of oranges, lightly caramelized malt, and leathery wild yeast with a solid note of intoxicating solvent. Also, warm hop spice and flowers. Nice dryness and the palate is paradoxically oaky and oily at the same time. This beer is always challenging, interesting, and enjoyable. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2003
This beer has an amber body - hue with a bitter initial flavor and a light body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Dark, uh, yellow? Color's the worst thing about this beer and it's not too bad. Light citrus/yeast nose. Great mouthfeel, medium body and appropriately carbonated. Wonderfully dry, balanced nicely with some very complex citrusy/tart flavors. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3466) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 POurs a hazy honey color with a very robust and foamy white head. There appears to be a mildly citrus aroma. This beer has lots of different things going on with it. The start is kind of tart and acidic but the middle gets kind of sweet with citrus flavors, then it finishes reather bitter and dry--so dry it makes my mouth water. The palate is rather carbonated and medium bodied. A very interesting beer, but I am not so sure how much I’d drink this. RERATE---i hafd this as my 80th beer overall which was about a year ago, and I think my palate was quite juvenile at the time, so I’m re-rating this bad boy. This was bottled 20/01/04 so it is fairly new. Has a fluffy white head and an interesting nose. I smell sweetness, but maybe also some mint in there as well. Raisins, yeasts in there as well. Gorgeous nose. I smell apples too...damn. They are very right. I agree this is a very dry beer that tastes a lot like a red wine. Sour, hoppy, fruity, all is a mish-mash. I will increase the flavor to a 7 from a 6, and I will increase the aroma from an 8 to a 10 as this a truly an amazing aroma. ------ Re-Rate. 6 month old bottle. Above score reflects latest rating. Aroma has plenty of brettanomyces present. Acetic notes with some citric lemon notes and barnyard funk as well. I also detect some banana bread in this with some light sweetness. I forgot how funky this was. Hazy amber body with a large off-white head that has some nice staying power. Nutty, dusty, slightly roasty malt notes with some Brett yeast esters in there. A little funky. Not overly bitter or acetic. This beer is fairly dry. After the complexity of the aroma, this beer just seems pretty tame and a bit boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2003
I won't waste anyone's time. Great beer. Lots of body and character, revolving around the spice/alcohol taste. Could have been more complex, but other than that, this was worthwhile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Complex rich belgian blond ale. Dripping with hops with some lactic acid notes. Hoppy nose, high bitterness, huge creamy head, light amber - dirty blond colour, cloudy.

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