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

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RATINGS: 3735   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%


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HULK777 (327) - - MAY 24, 2014
Cherry, yeast, and rotten citrus aroma. Taste of honey and dusty cellar floor.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hidden_Pooch (261) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
I personally didnít think this would be rated so high, but oh well. Had a nice dark roasty fruit smell to it. I wasnít a huge fan of the taste, kind of like molasses and bananas. The aftertaste made it hard to go back for more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mpuntmuts (137) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2014
Slightly hazy amber pour with medium head slowly fading into thin layer. First impression for aroma....banana. Some spices too. Somewhat acidic first taste, fading to a nice bitter hoppy aftertase. Again banana is quite present. Thin to medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbo. For me, okay trappist. There are better out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (664) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a golden orange color with a very thick off white head. Clove, banana, spice, yeast, fruit and malt aroma. Spice, banana, clove, apple, pear, yeast, citrus, funk and malt flavors. Medium body and lots of carbonation. Spice and fruit finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emmerson2305 (18) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - MAY 17, 2014
Uma cerveja única. Cor âmbar dourado, creme alta, fácil formação e duradouro. Aromas que remetem notas de couro, pinho, especiarias; no paladar trás um amargor suave equilibrado com a acidez, que forma um retrogosto persistente, vináceo, longo final seco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (51) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours cloudy deep orange with significant light tan soapy head, with good retention. Aroma of sweet biscuit malts and sweet fruits, some citrus and apple notes. No hop or alcohol presence. Much more hop presence in the taste, which provides some earthy, floral notes not present in the aroma and a satisfying level of bitterness on the finish, overtaking the sweeter notes of citrus also present. Fair bit of alcohol, surprising for a 6.2. Mouth feel is initially watery but seems to improve as the temperature rises a little. Overall more refreshing perhaps than other trappist beers Iíve tried but flavour wise thereís more notable brews in this style out there.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (506) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2014
It pours a hazy orange/brown with a thick creamy head. Nice floral aroma with a funky yeast and citrus notes in the bouquet. The Belgian yeast imparts a wild and funky flavors. It is somewhat tart with a citrusy and floral hops. Flavorful and complex, refreshing and effervescent. Medium body and a smooth mouth feel. Tart dry finish that leaves you wanting more

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pkbites (673) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle. Mine said 6.9% ABV but I am under that impression that the ABV varies with this product. Dark yellow/orange with massive cloudiness. Head is in ATTACK mode. Jebus Kripes! It takes forever to die down and when it does it leaves a frothy lacing on the glass with a floating scoop of french vanilla ice cream on the brew. Impressive!! Aroma is perplexing and hard to describe: fruit? Liquor? Sugar plums? Anyway, itís really nice! Flavor is simplex yet complex. Fruit, caramel, liquor, wine. A full minute after the swallow there were flavors I hadnít experienced yet exploding on my palate. Rarely is aftertaste felt on the front of the tongue instead of the back in the throat. Bitter hops and sour whatever in the front and back but not in the middle. Not a slammer nor a sipper, but this is all around fantastic! WOW!!!!!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (1169) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
330 ml bottled on 04/12/2012, 6.9% ABV. Wee gusher, hazed orange copper, impressive cumulus mountain of off-white foam settles slowly and does not inhibit the spicy yeasty earthy hoppy aroma. Taste is bitter and tart, lots of yeast, faintly fruity at times, some dirty farmyard funk, woody and dry. Lively carbonation, fuller bodied. moderately hopped. I saved this for my 1,100 rating as a treat, and must say was quite disapointed, IMHO itís nowhere close to a Chimay or a Rochforte, I am vexed by the reverence held for this brew. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wabahoye (37) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Thin body, white grape, some citrus and white grape, apple notes. Slight bite, pleasant and well rounded. Simple but very enjoyable.


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