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


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RATINGS: 4158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quick3Beers (525) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pours a hazy dirty amber. Aroma of sour apples, dirt, candi sugar. Flavor rather bitter and dry, earthy, almost leathery, with some banana-y fruitiness lingering toward the back, more candi sugar. Amazingly different beer, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demmbonz (705) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bowling pin to Orval chalice. Cloudy light yellow-brown. Mountainous peaks and valleys within 2 minutes. They?re still there on the last sip. Biting carbonation. So dry. I want another sip immediately. Definite bright citrus character. Tartness present but relatively subtle after only 9 months in the bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierdimpfe (51) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
Cloudy amber, gorgeous sexy coating with extra strong legs...stinks like rotten apples! (not finding it pleasing) Rich flavors of dark fruits and burnt bitter hops with slightly sweet apples and lemon. Powerful coarse and dry after taste. Very strong vinous feel and a dry coarse mouth coat. Overall : Looks can sometime be deceiving... Perfectly drinkable for trying a different taste, but way too spicy for me, or was my bottle too fresh? I will try this beer again after at least 2 years in the cellar, until then I donít see why this beer is so popular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (687) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2015
From a bottle at a fancy restaurant. Great complex flavor. Earthy but sweet and slightly tart. Outstanding balance. Unique in a crowded segment. One of my favorites. Want to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (77) - Nossebro, - OCT 5, 2015
Bottled 28/08/2014. Amber colour with a long lasting white big head. Fruity hoppy aroma; a bit sour also, yeast. Taste is lightly sweet with a quite an intense bitterness. Rather complex beer with a hoppy and somewhat dry character in the beginning with a finish that is best described as a mix of maltiness, burn sugar and belgian yeast , Full body and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1236) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Iíve never rated orval, thatís weird. Tastes like orval. Itís great, if youíre reading reviews to consider buying orval, youíre in trouble.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Icedwarf (924) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
Lichtbruin troebel bier met veel schuim wat mooi blijft staan. Daarmee is ook alles gezegd. Smaak is iets zuur en apart, citroen en muffig. Ik blijf dit een bijzonder bier vinden wat niet bij me past.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scottishchris (505) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius (bottled on 24/03/2015). Hazy copper, big fluffy off-white head that gently collapses down to crags. Yeast, dry grass, dried stoned fruit (cherry, prune?). Medium body, initially quite sprightly fizz that fades a little. Some booze, malts, farmhouse hops and light bitter finish. Caramel sweetness and slightly oily. I can see why people get excited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Halonso (10) - - SEP 29, 2015
Amber color,spicy herbal aroma with a few fruity notes,fresh palate,nice white head,my favorite Trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vladivostok (352) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Not quite sure why this gets such a high rating. Itís good but it ainít that good. Rich hazy amber almost orange in colour. Much more bitter than the average Belgian ale with a hoppy spiciness that disguises its strength - in fact 6.2% is rather humdrum in its native land but thatís hardly a criticism. I like it but Atletico Bilbao rather than Barcelona for me.

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