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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Nice golden orange pour. Slight froathy head. Like soap bubbles. Strong fruit and spice smells come from this beer. Little bitter, citrus orange taste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2004
Good dark amber looks. Taste was really disappointing. Just bitter like gall. Don´t understand why other rate this beer so high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Very cloudy yellow/brown color with a large white head. Lemon, grass and vinegar aroma. Very bitter grass, lemon, orange, and grape flavors with a very bitter hoppy finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Bright orange in color. Great fruit and spice nose. Very complex flavors that you can tast all over your tongue. It has a great finish too. Gets better as it warms a little. I like it 9 or 10 months old. This sample was almost a year old. This an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3895) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown. Aroma is of vanilla and banana. Big old head. Flavor is very complex, I get citrus,hops,grass and coriander all with a sour aftertaste. A very nice brew and proud to have it as my #100.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours a dull orange color with an HUGE off-white head that dies down into a snow covereed mountain shaped mass. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is quite interesting. Sweet fruit, citrus, wet hay and birch. Flavor is very organic, wood-like, nice hop bitterness, barnyard aromas. Body is medium and lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 I expected to like this one more, being a huge fan of the Trappist styles. It pours an amber color with gold highlights, a thick bubbly head that just lasts for days. Very high carbonation. Both the aroma and taste are dry and citrusy. Bitter and tastes a bit like grapefruit. Creamy smooth on the palate. Good, but not my favorite Trappist ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 ORIGINAL RATING (May 20th 2004). [in a chalice] Dark amber. Fluffy, creamy white head. Alcohol aroma. Dry, slightly malty and well hopped, the flavours breaking through the rather apparent alcohol are artificial cherry & orange. Slightly herbal. I really don’t see what the fuss about this beer is, it’s quite good, but the flavours are all mishmashed and it’s not up to any of the other Trappists I’ve tried (which is most of them). It also lacks the drinkability and complexity of most other similar Belgians I’ve tried. I think the fact it’s trappist makes a lot of people think its better than it actually is. (2.9/5) – I think this bottle may have been mistreated RERATE (July 4th 2004). [in a chalice]. [1st glass, poured without sediment] Clear, orange, thin white head. Hop, spice, orange aroma. Spicy, herbal, hoppy, dry. Over carbonated. (3.3/5) [2nd glass, poured with sediment] Also good, same as before buy seemed more malty… better. (3.5/5). Split total: 3.4/5 (Overall Average 3.2/5)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Big thanks to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with tis one. Pours a cloudy dark amber body with a huge frothy beige head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and of candy malts. Brett and barnyard, cotton candy and peat. The taste is almost beyond description. it is sour grapes mixed with sweet fruity plum, add a funky, spicy, tartness. Wow this is really sour and sweet, and unique. Mouth feel is creamy, silky, leading to sour bitterness, with a sweet bretty finish. My appreciation for this beer grows every time I have it. Fucking fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 A nice amber color with a white, fluffy, lasting head. Aroma is complex -- cidery, sour, musty, red wine, sweet dark fruits. A very dry taste, sour, fruity, and hops throughout. The flavor is pretty interesting. The hops and sourness are interesting to my tastebuds and there’s a goodly amount of dryness in the aftertaste. One of my favorite beers!

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