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

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RATINGS: 4267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6301) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A unique beer that is a special treat for me. +++ Sampled from a 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a opaque orange/brown color with a huge orange/tan head that lingers forever and leaves great lacing. The aroma is sour, lightly fruity, a bit bready and has a strong musty funk element. The flavor is tart and sour with a tartness that lingers and is bone dry. There is a moderate dry floral hop element and moderate musty funk. There is a presence that reminds me a lot of champagne. The texture is light and airy, somewhat overcarbonated. Unique.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Nose of oranges and coriander stomped on in the barnyard with some floral tones. Musky, sweet, horsey, licorice notes. Murky, cloudy, brown-tan colour with rocky off-white head that recedes slowly while lacing wonderfully. Initially malty, followed by assertive woody, bret character. Strong floral hop flavour and lasting bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. So balanced between tart bret/yeast and sweet malt. Body is lively yet extremely dry. Straight-up easy to drink. If I was celebrating a sacrament this would be the nectar of choice. Complex, challenging and ultimately fantastic. Thank you MartinT for introducing me to this wonderful beverage that I have since enjoyed many times. Bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
My favorite beer as of May 2004. Beautiful orange color. Complex aroma with hints of barnyard. Dry, with noticeable but not overpowering hops. Each sip, each bottle brings something new.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 5, 2004
The flavor is dry like Champagne and sour with an initially good malty base and mild bitterness; The finish is mostly dry and sour and just not what I want in beer; The mouthfeel is medium bodied with expansive carbonation; Deep amber in color and moderately cloudy; The nose is somewhat sour and stinky in nature; Huge off white head with a creamy, rocky top layer has excellent retention and lacing is okay; Cool, bowling pin shaped bottle

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
The upper 1% beer. Everything is interesting about it: bottle, taste, smell. Every taste was different. It was like a great wine. What’s in it? Must sip and enjoy because of the taste and the carbination. One for every of your close friends at a special dinner. I had the 2nd in a special package two months later and it stank.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2004
Citrus smell. Good white head and lacing fully lasting. A sweet taste that finishes slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
Nice aroma and appearance. Very drinkable with good flavor. Flavor isind of floral. Tastes a bit like tea. A little seetness at first, but finish is dry and a bit sour. What I don't like is that it is a little watery. Could use a little more meat to it. Initial taste is good but fades too quickly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2004
This didn't meet my expectations. This was certainly a good beer, but just not what i was expecting. Firstly, it didn't taste like most belgians i have had.... didnt have that usual clove like sweetness. The head on this was crazy, definitly big and long lasting. It was a good beer, but I will never pay five dollars again for just 12 ounces of this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 22, 2004
So far in my experience, this is a unique Belgian. It has none of the characteristic sweetness and clove flavor. Instead, it has a sour bitterness akin to a Lambic. The aroma is similar to a white wine, but more sour. This is classified with the trappists, but I can't see how they could be brewed from the same tradition. Not really a beer to be enjoyed.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrgg (1) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
Has a strong, dry, spicy hop aroma. I have read that it is dry hopped. Color is a beautiful reddish-brown. Has to be poured to create a "two-finger" head, to even out carbonation, in an open faced glass to really appreciate the aroma. Most unique and my favorite of the Trappists.


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