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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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2002
Not bad, it has a wine taste with a bitterness that resembles a citric fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10199) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 Creamy, lasting head. Aroma: hops and grapefruit. Taste: a bit tart, citrus and hops. A long, bitter finish. A very good and complex beer, but I prefer them a bit less bitter. Re-rate: Flowery hoppiness in the aroma. Strong oily hoppiness in the flavor. Citric and tart, vanilla. Long citric hopbitter finish. I have to boost my rating, because this is truly a great beer. tasted july 2008, 1986 bottle. Still lively in the bottle. Honey and plastic in the aroma. Still some reamining hops in the flavor, citrus and leather. Has become thin and tart. Past its peak, but still a very special beer. (8 3 6 3 13 = 3.3)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Very dry with almost no sweetness. Citrus, wheat like, orange/lemon flavors. The head on this beer NEVER went away during the 20 minutes that I spent drinking this one. Thats impressive. Also a wonderful cloudy copperish appearance. Didn't really meet my expectations for a $5 a bottle beer. Too hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Re-rate (4/09/04): Always interesting to come back to something that knocked me over when I was a newbie after developing the palate. Nose of sawdusty wheat, mold, alcohol, anise, citrus, and pepper. Pours into my MIGHTY HAMM'S goblet a cloudy pale honey. The short lived white foamy head has no lacing. The flavor - though balanced - is thin; starting sweet with a warm middle and finishes tart and peppery. The medium dry body is fizzy and feels astringent. Not bad, but certainly not all that. [Origianal rate (3/15/02): 9 5 8 3 17 (4.2)]. A bottle of this was my introduction to trappist ale, I wasn’t disappointed. This brew pours a hazy medium dark amber with tiny body particles. The huge off-white creamy rocky head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The fresh and highly complex nose is fruity, spicy and earthy - with hints of straw, perfume, citrus, dough, plums, dates, cask wood, coriander, clove, and pepper. The heavy alcohol aroma dissipates if this brew is allowed to breath for 5 or 10 minutes. The taste is well balanced with a lightly acidic bitter-sweet start and the average duration finish is the same. I didn't get all the flavor that everyone else is talking about. I'll have to try again at cellar temp and see if I get more umph. This brew has a smooth and creamy dry medium body with soft carbonation that finishes moderately astringent. I am excited to try more fine brews from Belgium, but if the prices are similar to what I paid for this one ($4.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle), I may have to get a second job.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 10, 2002
Big thick creamy head that lasts. The carbonation is abit overwhelming at first. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 10, 2002
Wonderful huge thick creamy and lasting head. Appearance is cloudy with a bright orange-brown color. Aroma is a true explosion with black pepper, herbal and spicy notes. Flavour is very complex too with dominating orange peel, hop and sage, ending in a long dry bitter finish. Medium bodied. I enjoied it at room temperature with a tortellini and parmesan dish. One of best beer in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrislouvion (6) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 Re-Rate, Dec 2003 - not to change the numbers, but I felt I needed to clarify why I like it so much (because I have just enough ego to believe that all of Ratebeer, nay, the entire online community is waiting for my opinion). Orval is a clear Orange with a thick, luxurious off white head. Smells of oak, pepper, and wine, as well as fruit (bananas) and Salt risen bread. Flavors are like an oaky merlot and strong black pepper, with some grainy, smoky flavors. It is inconsistant - which a huge part of its appeal, by the way - so different bottles will sometimes have a fruity, sweeter flavor and feel. Dry crisp hops throughtout, and finishes assertively. Unique and a joy everytime. Update 2/27/05 - Tried a bottle with a date of 4/97. It was still tasty, but the hop crispness was rather muted. Still big musty, fruity notes, and some medicianl flavors, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2002
this was nice. nice color, huge head stayed for entire bottle. had that tart/peppery taste. the bottle i had may have been getting a little old - could taste/smell the alc. by the end. One of the better belgians i’ve had (although i’m just getting interested in them, maybe will have to re-rate this later)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2002
Had it at a belgian bar one night, I don’t really remember this beer or much of that night. But I know I liked it.

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