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


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RATINGS: 4305   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2267) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (856) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 12, 2016
Ocher-apricot color, off white thick head. Fruity aroma, cherry. Bubblegum flavors, salt, cherry, sweet and sour. Full taste, strong finish, pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BIGJOHNO123 (13) - Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2016
I was really excited by this beer. It pours a darkish orange and has a big fluffy head. it doesn’t have strong aromas but you can pick up very hoppy notes. It is the smell you would get if you were to have the hop resin and nothing else. very herbal. The taste is totally different to any other Trappist beer. It is very dry and not much else. It has high carbonation but once this mellows the taste of the beer comes through a little more. However even then it is nothing special, just very hoppy. The beer also feels stronger than the 6.2% on the bottle. It is very warming considering but its pleasant I suppose. I will get more of this beer and see how it does with a little more ageing. It should calm down and become a little more complex, perhaps even more mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1939) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Freshly bottled. Unclear orange amber. Off White lasting head. Moderate funk, growing as it warmed. Citrus. Some earthy, spicy hops; mild bitterness. A little woody. Semi dry. Light body. Very interested to try an older vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (882) - GERMANY - MAY 7, 2016
Leicht trübes Bernstein mit reichlich Schaum. Malzig, fruchtig, etwas Apfel, Zitrus, leicht bitter, trocken, sehr spritzig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zangrazyn (2) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2016 does not count
Nice shape of the bottle. Amber color with huge white head. Slightly sour taste with medium bitterness in aftertaste. Fruity, funky aroma. Good beer but a lot of carbonation! I have to pour it in larger glass, so it doesn’t grow in my mouth. Taste of alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scrumpy369 (448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 6, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2016 Bottle at home. Dark amber colour with a medium white head. Nose is slight sourness. Medium bitterness, with low lingerig sourness. Dry mouthfeel. A trappist masterpiece!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xik (13) - FRANCE - MAY 4, 2016
Une excellente bière de grande qualité mais un peu trop amer à mon goût, manque d’arômes et de finesse pour moi. Très longue en bouche ce qui est agréable mais pas assez onctueuse à mon goût. Une vrai référence malgré tout à goûter absolument.

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