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


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RATINGS: 3983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2002
Beautiful orange colour with big, lasting foamy head. Fresh hopsack and cookie dough aroma that is also somewhat grassy and citrusy. Light, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex blend of moderately sweet and slightly tart flavours w/ prominent notes of orange and lemon zest, fresh flowers, and bandaids. Finish is warm, dry, alcoholic, medicinal, and perfectly bitter. I’m not sure if it is my #1 beer on Earth, but it is close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Blond body with an enormous head. Huge aroma mixed fruits and hops with malty undertones. Bannana and apple are the predominant fruit flavors that are complemented by a decent amount of hoppy biterness. The alcohol leaves a nice kick in the palate, as do the hops. A very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2002
This one was strange at first sip. Than i got 1/2 way through the glass and than POW, what a beer. I think I will need to drink more than 1 to fully appreciate this beer. Golden in color, complex, aroma was sooo nice. I need to buy more of this. Great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Update: Now I remember the old magic. I had this one far too cold last year, which lead to a poor rating and which was a terrible mistake. Now I experience the lemon, wood and hint of lactic sourness, ending with this incredible fullness: no particular note of flavor ringing out, rather, everything orchestrated perfectly. Oh, and to describe the palate adequately would be to write paragraphs, and I would rather drink my Orval. Awesome. Old: 3.5I remember liking this one a bit more in the past. My recent sample had one of the best noses in the game, but the flavor was dry and lacking. If I can ever have it live up to the aroma, I'd have a major winner. Will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Got this brew by mistake and was pleasently suprised. A nice fruity/tangy nose with a big foamy head. The beer still held enough carbonation. The taste was sweet and slightly bitter, and the finish was citrusy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2002
At first taste, it was like the usual banana and spices and somewhat harsh. As it warmed up it turned into a different game altogether. The hop pressence (thats the best description i can procure) seeped through and mixed with the banana and spices for this unique experience. The finish had this qyuick breath of awesome christmas spice and was replaced with bitterness. Really good beer, not somehting for every day/week but a nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Wow, this is a high quality beer! Enormous head with a very floral aroma, strong yeasty taste. Very long finish with a wonderful aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2002
May have been biggest head ever. The foam was very stiff and rose over the top of the glass about 1.5 inches and wouldn’t have budged in a hurricane. I get Juicy Fruit gum in the aroma underneath which slinks a cigarette smoking man playing baseball with a big eraser in his pocket. To interpret that, underneath the juicy fruit smell and flavor was something that reminded me of cigarettes, wood, and pencil erasers (especially after you’ve just erased something.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 This fantastic beer pours a light copper color with a massive white head that lingers. The aroma is full of herbal spices, yeasts, and hops. It has a medium body with moderate amounts of carbonation. The flavor is hoppy and spicy up front, and the finish is wonderfully dry and spicy with hop and yeast notes. What a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jsquire (3641) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Bottle dated 21-06-2006. It took quite a while to pour this all into the glass as the head was massive and rocky. Lots of orange in the nose with a tangy must smell in the background. The initial flavor is of orange rind that turns into an almost orange liquer sensation as it warms. Almost fizzy on the tounge as you drink it. I found an unplesant bitterness that mellowed as the beer warmed. As I said in the tasting chat room, this is one of those beers that I didn’t really like but I would suggest everyone try it once. As said before, I’ll try agian in a year and see if I like it better then.

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