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


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RATINGS: 4066   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours with a huge foamy head which leads to great lacing. Very complex aroma, sugary banana with citrusy orange and a hint of alcohol. Complex taste also, acidic with aftertastes of wood. Slightly bitter and a bit sweet. Very long and pleasant finish. Medium bodied and dry. With lively carbonation. The alcohol is masked just enough so you know that it is there. Very nice thick yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2003
7/30/03: bottle.
slight yeast aroma with some hints of an oak barrel. honey-orange body with a modest amount of lacing. lots of carbonation. tastes similar to a lambic. somewhat champagne-ish with some fruit and a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Cloudy orange body with a pleasent off-white head. Not much lacing.
Belgian candi sugar, hops and a bit of sourness dominate the aroma. Hops become more pronounced as the beer warms.
Sour and hoppy. Spicy. Maybe even a tart apple. Yeast is lending some interesting flavors too. Complex. May require more testing in the future.
Very dry, crisp finish. Acidic tartness too. Prickly on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1985) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 The head just stuck around till the very end. It smelled wonderful, and I enjoyed the flavor immensely. Easily one of my favorite beers.

RERATE: The pour is a light orange with a very large rocky white head. Aroma is hoppy, flowery, spicy. Very aromatic and attractive even before the first sip. This is a beer you can just sit and sniff for an hour before your first taste. The palate is perfect with just the right amount of carbonation and dry finish. It’s delicious and refreshing, not to mention beautiful.

Bottled 6/27/2006, almost a year and a half old. Pour is a bright amber/orange color. The head is white lace smoothly covering the beer and climbing the glass. A beautiful beer. The aroma is sweet yet spicy. Full in the nose and very attractive. Flavor is ever-changing, sweet and creamy to dry and spicy. The perfect example of a complex Belgian beer. I can imagine drinking this beer after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but I can also picture sipping it by a fire in the cold of winter. It’s perfect for every occasion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 When the foam subsided, it had a hazy orangy color and a splendid head that stuck around for the duration. Tons of fruity and floral aromas, lemon, pepper. Fairly well hopped, reminds me in a way of a Witbier but bigger, kind of acidic, spices, grapefruit, melon, really different. Finished dryish and tart. Ex. 17/07/2007

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
As I remember and expected, this is a very complex beer. Even more so when it warms up. Sour, alcohol but lean toward the sour. Good, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2003
This orangey-brown beer has a nice thick head and light lacing. The nose is perfumey with clove and lemon on a soft malt backdrop. The palate has a rich rye bread character with light citrusy nuances. The finish is lemony and lightly spicy with a definite note of lavender that lingers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 FIRST RATING: 2.5. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a cloudy dark orange-golden with generous off-white foamy head. Aroma is of sour apples with straw, grass, vegetal. Flavor is a food sour with hops and straw, vegetal. The alcohol also comes through in this one. Like an apple cider with straw, hops. Not going to be one of my favorites. Nice lace - head stays. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit. RERATE MARCH 24, 2006: This time, I tried another bottle of Orval with the mindset that I was about to drink a sour, lambic style beer, which I enjoy. The date of the bottle is 13/10/05 (Oct 13, 2005). Aroma and flavor are amazing, like nothing I remember. Sour, musty, cobwebs - I absolutely loved it!! This beer is now one of my favorites. I believe that the palate truly does change after awhile. I didn’t know what to expect the first time I tried it. After having Cantillion 1900, I went in this time with that beer in mind. Sampled at approximately 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2003
When served in proper conditions, it is an exceptional beer ! A real pleasure for the eyes, the nose and the mouth. Facinating orange colour, fruity aroma and a complex taste. I really like this one !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
Orange/amber coloured. Hazy with a longlasting white head. Aroma of hay, orange peels, yeast and hops. Taste: Unique. Loads of herbs and pepper with a massive fruitiness of lemon, apricot and orange peels. Long, long dry finish. Great!

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