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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (530) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2004
Es belga, es de abadia... pues eso es una buena cerveza. Tiene un sabor mas afrutado q otras equivalentes ;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Bottle. Very foamy loose head. HUGE head. Nose is sharp, floral, with hints of fruit, esp., bannana. Very nice cloudy orange/light brown color. Flavor is very dry and almost as sharp. Flavor notes of straw, hops, and bitters are the first notes I pull out. This beer is SOUR as hell. The sourness is like that of watered down lemon juice. The sourness is not completely unpleasant, but it is overpowering, as is the high carbonation. The finish is dry and sour. Overall, the flavor is quite unique, but the combination of dryness, sour, and carbonation is a litle to hard to handle. I like this beer because it is VERY unique. I wouldn’t drink this one every day, but it would be good to have this one every once in awhile. Soapy and thin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Soapy, very foamy head, light tan. Foggy/amber coloration. Aroma is fruity, apples, white wine, and cinnamon. Not nearly as sweet as the other Trappist Brews I have had, almost has a bitter tinge to it. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6461) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (10781) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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