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

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RATINGS: 3747   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%


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (459) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. A- Citrus, funky, weed. A- Dirty orange color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Citrus, lemons, slight funk, spices, balanced. P-Medium body, average texture, high carbonation, crisp finish. O- Drank in tribute to Walt Powell Memorial day. Had about a year of age on it. Can’t say it lived up to expectation for me, but it certainly wasn’t bad. The aroma smelled like weed to me, which was surprising.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
venom666 (309) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
Amber color with dense white foam. Bitter and fruity aroma. Strong taste, with sweet malts and citrus. Dry, bitter and alcoholic finish, with caramel and hoppy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nokes (1) - - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
Big pillowy head with great retention. Smell is yeasty but surprisingly light. Good mouth feel, dry, hoppy...it's good, but hoppier than I generally expect from trappists. yummy, and surprising. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DennisKirk (123) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Flaske 0,33 liter fra Fakta. Dufter ok, lidt kraftig, men ok, ser flot ud i glasset med det høje hvide skum og den kobber farvet øl, smagen er god, sød og kraftig på samme tid, rammer bredt og god konsistens, eftersmagen kunne være bedre.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (411) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Very highly carbonated with a tall frothy head. Aroma is pretty light, all yeast. The flavor is very dry with some geuze and champagne character. The hops seem to just make it even more dry. It has some of the pepper and spice that you would find in a golden ale or saison. An interesting beer that combines a few different Belgian styles, while remaining very unique. Seems strong for the ABV. A tiny hint of lemon for tartness. Classic beer, can’t wait to cellar a few bottles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (120) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2014
The aroma is fruits, wine, a little yeast; not very strong and not very lasting. Pours hazy, sparkling, slightly brownish orange with an enormous and extraordinarily durable head. The taste is barely bitter, a little bit sweet, a wee bit sour, and definitely spicy with a hint of some kind of je ne sais quoi – rancid? Light bodied, fizzy, bitter-tart-ish finish. Very Belgian, if one likes this kind of thing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (76) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown / orange hazy color. Aromas are dried citrus fruits, oily fish (sardines), yeast, raisins. Fruity sourness (blood oranges), little creamy in between, aftertaste is slightly bitter. First tastes have a hint of copper. A little peppery as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (221) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a huge, long lasting off-white head. Sweet flavour of citrus fruit, malt, yeast and cinnamon with a dry bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation. A world class beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (522) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 27, 2014
Couleur ambrée trouble, bonne mousse beige. Super nez fruité (jaunes et raisin), petit peu vinaigré, acidulé. Super gout (complexe) de malt, houblonné, fruité, note de levure, note de citron, bien balancée acide amère. Fin ronde en bouche de bonne levure, amertume legère et longue... note acidulée

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gamin (90) - - MAY 26, 2014
Poured from an 11 oz bottle with a bottle on date of roughly 1.5 years ago. Hazy straw color with a pillowy head full of large bubbles that lingered for a long time. Aroma of funk and farm that is really enticing. Very high carbonation, maybe a bit higher than I prefer as there is a bit of a burn on the tongue. Taste has minor fruit notes and a bit more of that funk. Honestly, it's a bit understated. It's weird to 'review' such a famous beer. I really dig it but it still isn't my favorite Trappist.


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