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

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RATINGS: 3799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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%


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2001
nice bottle, great glass, but in my opinion not the best of the trapists.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 I need to re-rate this beer. It really has grown on me. Yeasty, spicy and slightly fruity profiles intermingle with a well-balanced foundation of freshness and richness. It’s high-class yummy. Orangey. Still the best head in the business-- it is second to none. Rich and thick foam, speckled with spice goblins, eventually settles into a solid meringue that doesn’t leave your side. Outstanding. Beware the brewery-- especially a Trappist one-- that only makes one brew!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2001
Maybe my mistake was having a Rodenbach Grand Cru preceding this, however it just didn’t quite do it for me. There was a medicinal flavor that I just never quite grew to enjoy. Maybe that will change with a couple of more...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buxutis (4) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAY 21, 2001 does not count

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2001
Deep amber/orange, cloudy body. Dry, bitter, fruity, citric. One of the best and most complex brews in the world.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2001
I found the aroma waaaaay beter than the fluid. All that i expected from the aroma was missing from the fluid. The texture is nice. It is too dry(flavorless) for me, sorry fans.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2001
A very middle of the road Belgian ale, which makes it better than most American beers. Still, the lack of robust flavor is disappointing. Chimay Cinq Cents is better. Why does Michael Jackson think this is the best beer in the world?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brianroz99 (123) - Mullica Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2001

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 25, 2001
This had an aroma to die for. Very fruity, and it sported a huge head. Flavor was quite tart, but not like a lambic; I believe it came from the champagne-like bubbles. Wonderful flavor and aftertaste. A must try.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weide5599 (48) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2001


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