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


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RATINGS: 4302   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bubeer (308) - - JUN 5, 2016
Cloudy honey. Large head, low retention to medium head, then on hogh retention. Aroma intensity 3.5/5. Yeasty aroma, notes of hay and thyme. Medium bitter, light sour. Medium dry finish. Fizzy carbonation. Light to medium body. Interesting palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeiznogood (20) - DENMARK - JUN 4, 2016
At home, 2016 33cl bottle. Pour: golden honey, dark orange, tall head, slow dissipation, lumpy foam. Smell: malt, metallic, toffee. Taste: first - sweet, malt, ; mid - malty; after - dry metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel: slightly aggressive, strong malty bitterness, dry. Verdict: Pleasant and filling experience. Strong flavours, but a very good ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
L_Lovecraft (211) - - MAY 31, 2016
Citrus, grass, flower, amber/copper with a good white head very persistant, light/medium body, medium carbonation, very dry and bitter, grass, bread and citrus...this fish will be a beautiful and unforgettable dream when the glass will remain empty on the table.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Michael27 (704) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 30, 2016
Aus der Flasche (vom Händler bezogen) getrunken. Golden trüb im Glas mit betonharter Schaumkrone. Im Antrunk voll trappistenhefig und etwas wässrig. Später kommt eine leichte Sprittigkeit durch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2412) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2016
330 mL bottle. The pour is a bright golden orange color with a huge pillowy white head that fades down to a thicker collar and a light film with a pretty decent lace left behind. The aroma is surprising. There is a nice tartness that I would imagine comes from the dry hopping. There isn’t a lot of belgian character here. There is a light caramel and a decent malt, but it’s mostly tart and crisp. A combination of hop and grape skins. The flavor is interesting. There is a tartness and a profound hoppiness, but it’s strange. There is a light malt and that same vinousness. The carbonation is bright and spritzy, which isn’t that well matched, and a lingeringly bright, tart finish. This is completely surprising for what I was expecting. Nothing like a Belgian at all. Hmm...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kokos666 (167) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 21, 2016
Nice amber color, minimal white head. Sweet aroma of brett yeasts, fruits like orange and peach, light caramel aroma. Light sour and sweet, light body, fizzy carbonation, medium bitterness. Good wild refreshing beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bijl (194) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2016
Fles van Januari 2016. Oranje kleurig, troebel, matige witte schuimkraag, deze zakt aardig snel. Aromas: Brett wilde gist, tikje banaan, moutig, bloemige / fruitige hops, hooi. Smaak heeft een zuurtje van de wilde Brett gist, citrus. Ook wat kruidige toetsen en iets zoutigs. Hopbitter is floraal in de nasmaak. CO2 is behoorlijk aktief in de mond, body medium, de afdronk is wat droog. Ik hou wel van deze stijl.... kan me ook goed voorstellen dat er mensen minder enthousiast zijn. Klasse Trapist met een heel eigen stijl !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2260) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle from the Queen Edith, Cambridge. In a terribly inappropriate glass but I can live with that. Golden with a huge, loose, slightly off-white head. Yeast domimates the aroma with an indefinable floral funk. A perfect aroma. Sweet, yet slightly sour, with a cheeky medicinal hop bitterness at the end. There’s something almost sexual about the aftertaste. I crave this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rolex2193 (7) - - MAY 16, 2016 does not count
Great. The fresh taste of the dryhopping and the smooth taste of the sugars in combination with the orval yeast makes this beer simply perfect. One word: Unique Serving Tip: if you want to have a great ’beer taste experience’ make sure your glass is cleaned and flush very well. Flush the typical Orval glass with hot water 60-80 degrees celcius to make sure all germs and dust is removed. Secondary, make sure that all the carbonate is flushed with water. Cool the glass afterwoods with cold water to prevent it from braking a part. This process will give you the ultimate ’taste sensation’ an Orval Trappist Ale deserves!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ritzn (375) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2016 Dark golden with well lasting frothy white head. Aroma is flowery hops, papaya, passion fruit, citrus. Taste is fruity sour but also bitter. Foamy mouthfeel but atill with a good body. Long hoppy bitter finish. Overall very good. Update: 12 year old version (2004): there is more caramel and forest and the beer is much sweeter.

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