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


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RATINGS: 4256   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (965) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottled on December 3, 2015. Aroma is barnyard, dust, pine, earthy hops, very rustic, slight banana, funk, sight citrus and tartness, complex and really really good. Appearance is dark amber golden, off white head, I poured it more aggressive than I thought because I got an outrageous head, and itís hazy. Taste is very good, earthy hops, barnyard, dust, dry, pine bitterness, citrus, tart, slight banana, maybe apple skins, there is a ton going on here. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, dry and dusty aftertaste. Overall, Iím not so familiar with the style to give it a top notch rating but...a standard has been set. This is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gr_pa (266) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Hazy golden colour with avesome head, high carbonation. Aroma: lots of fruits, citrous, yeast, some spices. Dry, flavour is again belgian style fruity, bitterness is quite low, but finish is very hoppy. Only disadvantage is very high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kostasgiotis (73) - GREECE - MAR 18, 2016
it pours an orange hazy body with a great two finger white head.it smells sour fruits like plum,.The taste is sour with a sweet aftertaste.very complex and great at food pairing.Awesome beer

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
furthur (739) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle, 690th rate. Cloudy light Amber beer, YUGE white head. Aroma lemon, urinal, complete with freshener biscuit. Taste is urinal cake and ammonia. Thatís nasty. Drain pour. Tried it again. Better, but still has that chemical flavor. Canít do it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrirga (3) - SPAIN - MAR 16, 2016 does not count
Una de las mejores cervezas del mundo que no se puede copiar, la reina de las belgas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gdvs (6) - - MAR 15, 2016 does not count
Nice lasting head. Hazy beer. You basically get two beers: one with the yeast and one without. Without yeast is a fresh, slightly hoppy, full bodied beer. Yeast adds breadiness. Great balance. Wonderful beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1227) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2016
33cl bottle, served in an Orval glass. Pours semi opaque dark copper with huge sturdy creamy off-white head; layers easily an inch over the lip of the glass and retains substantially even as the volume goes down. Aroma is lightly sweet pale malt, hint of candi sugar, dry finish with a slight floral tart note. Taste is medium clean caramel malt, balanced sweetness, super dry finish. Dry hops show up first, light Brett tartness comes though on the back and lingers through the finish. Great beer, unique flavor while still very easy drinking. Fun to see how restrained the Brett is here vs. the big sour bombs much more common now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pongauer (34) - Maassluis, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2016
This beer was my first expierence with brett. Something I will have to get used to I guess. Will maybe come back later to re rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Demens (111) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 10, 2016
0,33l bottle. Copper/ruby colour with the longest lasting creamy off-white head that I ever seen. Beutiful. Aroma: Banana, candy sugar, yeast, fruity notes, wine. Very complex. Taste: Sour/bitter taste. Unexpected from a belgian ale. A bit similar to the lambic style but not that harsh, pleasent and well balanced. Medium/full body with soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. A Very special beer, unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Echon (265) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2016
Amber body with a white head.
Sour and fruity aroma. I know this beer is dryhopped, but I cannot smell it.
Spicy, fruity and funky flavours. Lightly sweet taste with moderate bitterness and acidity. Dry and, I guess, funky finish. I like the initial taste a lot more than the finish. Fresh, and well balanced.
Medium body with a soft mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.

This beer is difficult to rate. I know how highly regarded it is, and I inevitably ask myself: "what am I missing here"? I think it is good, just not *that* good. Maybe it is simply a case of this combination of flavours not really appealing to me. In the end, I need to stick to what I think of it.

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