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


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RATINGS: 3863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (252) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 4,45). My first Orval - not sure why I’ve restrained myself from trying it before... Bottled 7 months ago on 31.03.2014; BB 31.03.2019. Pours... all foam! Massive, white with a creamy hue, frothy, thick, leaving very dense lacing... and beneath that a liquid starts to show that’s hazy dark orange amber. Nose is bubblegum, cinnamon biscuits and earthy hops, pickled autumn fruits, cidery acidity. If I let it sit still for a few minutes, the acidity will burn my nostrils. Taste is surprisingly bitter with lemon zest and earthy notes most apparent, also moderately sour, and malty with low sweetness, yet caramelly, and has that British cinnamon biscuit note to it. It thickens as it warms, acquiring more dense, autumny flavours including plums or dark cherries. Finish is sharp bitterness somewhere way back in the throat, whereas in the mouth it’s more grainy and malty with a white wine acidic character. Light to medium, almost watery body (though thickening as it warms) is accompanied by flat carbonation and a cidery, slightly grainy dry palate.

I’m not being original by saying this is an exeptional brew - probably the most complex beer I’ve tasted yet - even if I cannot consider myself a fan of some of its aspects considering the palate, especially the finish. Will definitely try more and less fresh versions to give it a better verdict.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiwi_daz (47) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bone dry with huge carbonated head, lovely tan to orange colour. Flavour is Brett followed with Belgian yeast spice. The final is a slight bitter follow through. Nice summer ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (1049) - Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with thick foamy white head. Aroma is very Brett, tropical fruits, mango, sweet oranges, citrus. Taste is a touch wild, very carbonated, dry, crisp. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milo91hd (132) - Lecce, ITALY - OCT 22, 2014
Sinceramente sono sempre stato poco attratto da questa birra, la vedevo come una sorella "minore" rispetto alle sorelle trappiste. Dopo averla bevuta posso dire felicemente di essermi sbagliato. Colore ambrato carico con un cappello di schiuma fine e persistente, aroma di malto, frutta candita e lieviti, al palato è fantastica parte con malto seguita da frutta per finire poi con un amaro non fastidioso, la carbonazione bassa la fa scendere che è un piacere. Fantastica

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (168) - Montesarchio, ITALY - OCT 22, 2014
Splendida birra, ambrato scuro con schiuma beige pannosa e persistentissima. Odore di frutta, miele e spezie. In bocca frutta, una dolcezza data dal miele ed un finale tra l’acidulo ed il salato. Buono il retrogusto, poco etilico ma caldo. Splendida birra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"great aroma, flavor was not quite as good. a solid beer, but there’s too many beers I like better than this one to go back to it for the price. better than average, though, and worth trying. 2010-a little more bretty funk than i remember bumps the flavor score up slightly...still think it’s over rated but a solid brew nonetheless."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kingi (489) - - OCT 21, 2014
2010 bottle, Aroma is apple lambic sort of. Clear copper colour. Hops gone from the taste , pleasant taste but not really anything special. Nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcHS (14) - - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of citrus with a hint of herbs. Appearance is cloudy amber with significant white head. Light bitter taste. Medium to light body, with a texture that is hard to pin down, and a dry finish. Very complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 20, 2014
Nie wiem dlaczego, ale nic nie urzek?o mnie w tym piwie. Smak ci??ki do zdefiniowania, w niesko?czono?? oczekiwanie na wybijajacy si? smak. Barwa i prezencja w porz?dku, ale nic poza tym.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (112) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 20, 2014
One of the best things I have tried recently, theres an explosion of flavours and aromas involved with this one! It is very lively so care must be took when pouring, otherwise the head will end up all over your newly washed carpet. The aroma is funky brett. Taste is a herby, slightly spicy and characteristically brett! Could drink several of these throughout the course of a day.

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