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


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RATINGS: 4194   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Bottled at La Fleur en Papier Dore, Brussels, a classic ramshackle bar, packed with bizarre bric-a-brac (and bizarre patrons) that was once the haunt of the surrealist Rene Magritte and other (?) famous Belgians. Unfortunately the beer list was not that great, so I kicked off with an Orval. It is a very distinctive orangey colour and is bottle conditioned, so pour carefully if you don't want the sediment. It is very hoppy and has a bitter current running through it, finishing with a touch of sourness. There is no noticeable sweetness. Some people expect some sweetness in a trappist beer and find Orval a slightly perplexing experience. I like it. September 2003

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Wonderful tappist beer. I started my trip to Belgian with this one and decided I better bring a couple of these back with me. Pours a deep orange amber with a think frothy head. Looking at that picture brings back nice memories or its sharp spicy taste and clean mouthfeel. If I could do it all again I might've considered celebacy for a lifetime making and drinking this beer. cheers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Great beer. Excellent aroma and flavor. Citrus and spice and everything nice! The best part is it can be bought all over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CornyWebb (4) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2004 does not count
I loved the deep almost smoky way this beer lays on the tongue. It's not your average everyday beer, but something to celebrate with your favorite and best informed beer-o-phile friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Beautiful light copper hue with huge frothy head and excellent lacing. The aroma hinted of bubblegum, earthy yeast esters, ripe and citrus fruits, sweet spice, and toasted malts. The taste The taste is foremost fruity sour with a undertone of zesty yeast and chewy malts. A solid spice and wood presence upon the finish, some happy hoppiness found heer as well. This beer is 6.2% ABV? You could never tell, it's that well hidden. Lively and refreshing mouthfeel, a bit thin however. Yep, it's a love it or hate it brew. I for one loved it. One classy Belgian brew, but I knew that way back in 1988 when I first tasted the greatness of this beer. Highly recommended at least once. My last rating of 2003, Happy New Year to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1587) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Hazy orangy pour. Frothy white head. Pretty decent. Spicy aroma with some hints of fruit. Not as great as I had hoped but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Poured a hazy orange, with a HUGE puffy off-white head that lasts through out. The aroma was spicey and fruity. Orange, lemon, and hops on the tongue. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
one of the only citrusy hopped beers that doesn't use american hops that i've had. really like this one, sweet syrupy taste but with floral citrus hops and a dry finish. and it smells fantastic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Pours a nice amber color with some lacing. Light with a beautiful floral aroma. Taste is a light pepper and mellow bitterness. Stuff is okay but a bit over rated IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2003
This is good, but one of the weaker Trappist beers. cloudy orangy color with a rather hoppy fruity flavor.

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