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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4327   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy golden ale with a thick white head. Spciey orange aroma, raisinous notes. Light band aid taste, with a crisp malt and very harsh bitterness, slightly metallic notes. Good bodied. Always have problem with Orval, sometimes ecellent, sometimes off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 bottle. very flavourful, and very enjoyable. spiciness is the first thing i think of regaring taste/palate. very outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Purchased at Tower on Piedmont. Bottled on 01.06.2004. Pours a nice caramalized orange color with a decent sized tight head that diminishes in a minute but never completely dissipates. Lots of tiny floaties too. The ale, to me, smells like woody sour cherries with a hint of mint and cardamom or corriander. I think the aroma is this ale’s best feature. It sits fairly light on the pallete with fine carbonation that briefly stings the toungue. This gives way to the pleasant mild dry hoppiness its known for. Wow, the more I drink this the more I like it. After Orval comes up to room temperature the aroma really comes out to play, very nice finish as the scent creeps up the back of the throat. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Original tasting 12/7/04, rerate 02/07/05, rerate 02/04/06. 330ml brown bottle. Poured cloudy orange, fantastic head and lacing. Earthy, leathery and fruity aromas with lots of sweet orangey, floral hops. Flavour is earhty malts with sweet orange hop flavours, slightly herbal/medicinal qualities. Hoppy bite leads to a dry finish with some yeast. Everytime I have this it gets better and better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I had two in one night (that is the first time in my 6 years of drinking I have done such a thing) There is a bunch going on.. and I didnt want to miss anything. In case you were wondering two is still not enough!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Pours a cloudy, copper color with a lasting off-white head. Cherries, brett and hops in the aroma. Malty, dry astringent brett charactor with a slight hint of sourness. Dry finish with almost no aftertaste. This beer has the best aroma of any beer! A classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Wow, what an aroma. Suprisingly dark and thick looking beer, and very complex. I think I have to try this one again to begin to decern all of its tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2063) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2004
Copper coloured with a huge but collapsing light beige head. The head has broken down in a way I’ve never seen before, almost a skeletal foam. Interesting aroma, very hoppy, fruity and a touch medicinal. Taste is bitter throughout, hoppy, citrusy with underlying malts. Nice dry finish. Nice body and mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours cloudy amber with an unbelievably thick, lasting, chunky head that resembles cream more than anything else. Nose is floral and coriander. Taste is sour, almost like bitter raspberries and sour cream together, quite dry, and some allspice. Oily, satisfying mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol in the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 I wasn’t into the sourness of this beer. It had a bitterness and minty flavor that I didn’t like. The aroma and the look of this beer were the best parts. I’ll have to try this again because some people love it. Re-rate- This is really unique I must say. I appreciate it more now, but still there is a funky bitterness. The cider taste is interesting. Still just too sour for me.

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