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

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RATINGS: 3765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lele (104) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
Birra di carattere, dall’amaro deciso. Per chi la volesse provare, ma non fosse un grande amante dell’amaro, consiglio di abbinarla con il riso basmati, che stempera l’amaro facendola gustare piů appieno.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
borre_m (245) - NORWAY - JUN 21, 2014
Pours clousy amber with frothy lightly tanned head. Aroma is slightly sour with pineapple. Taste is balanced, some sour balanced with sweetness from malts. There is also a roastiness. A complex beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 21, 2014
Különleges jellege már a kitöltés során megnyilvánul, gyönyörű, dús hab koronázza a borostyánszínű testet. Illata nem kevésbé magával ragadó: citrusfélék, narancs aromája kényeztetik receptorainkat, melyek krémes jelleggel kiegészülve az ízlelés során is jelen vannak egészen addig, míg a komló el nem foglalja helyét, és a nyelvünk tövére nem ül. Ezek az ízjegyek aztán felvérteződnek némi karamelles-mézes aromával, mely csodás egyveleg az utolsó kortyig ellát minket ízélménnyel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barnoloid (157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Farmhouse funk and wet dog pervade the nose and initial taste here. This is edging towards the sour end of the spectrum. The initial bottle pour unloads a vast foamy head that settles into a slightly cloudy, amber looking toned ale. A classic Belgian ale, which rewards you for your persistence. Could be daunting if you have not delved into the trappist world.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BDD89 (12) - young, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
Spicy, metallic aroma. Lots of fluffy white head and a dark, cloudy amber colour. Smooth carbonation. Bitter, off fruity taste. Not my style of beer.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chefseanjudd (28) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
What can I say that hasn’t been said about this beer? It’s awesome! Try it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
Aroma: fruity hops, apples, cider. Appearance: dark gold, big white frothy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters turn to sours, cider notes again. Overall: OK Belgian Ale, not liking the palate too much though. Bottle at The Old Fountain, Old Street.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeKirk (8) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2014 does not count
Probably my least favorite Trappist. Pungent smell. Cloudy tan color from bottle sediment. Sour, almost a Gueze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (88) - ITALY - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle in Orval Glass. Pours a beautiful large creamy white (minimal beige reflex) head which thickens to a stable level; hazy quite dark orange colour, look like bright amber. Very nice and yeasty, pungent, biscuity, sour, cherry and fizzy aroma. Taste it’s initially a bit sweet/sour and fruity, followed with lots of yeast, biscuit and spices flavours. Adorable sour, spicy and refreshing finish, with a very small amount of bitternes. Medium body, quite creamy texture and quite lively carbonation. Sooo much Saison hints here. Beautifully characterized by the yeasts and the sourness, makes almost a genre of its own. Very nice


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