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


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RATINGS: 3931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO (6.9%). Pours a hazy deep orange with a lot of fine white head that dissipates a bit slowly. Smell is a bit sweet with some caramel, some grassy hops, and some definite yeast funky bready earthiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium with a whole lot of frothy carbonation in the mouth. Taste is hard to describe, a bit sweet and acidic at first, the carbonation takes a strong hold and then tastes a bit bitter, and after the carbonation recedes you’re left with a bitter hoppy flavour. Very interesting, though not really up my alley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2099) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Rich amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, clove, floral, & spice; Flavor of malt, hops, some yeast, citrus, and spice; Finish is slightly bitter & and a little acidic; Has a nice hop character - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jannick13 (24) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours Orange/Amber with generous head. Hints of citrus, flowers and herbs on the nose. Taste a bit more bitter than anticipated with the citrus aspect latching on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (734) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
This is so different from batch to batch. First one was had in 2007. Last on was 1 year ago in Italy. It is still one of the best, but every time I get my mount on it - it is different. Not like Kwak (came to my mind) - always the same. Next time I will add details.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (289) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy dark yellow orangish color with big white lacing head. Aroma of leather, stable. Medium body, lively carbonated, warming alcohol. Fruity flavor with spicy tones. Bitterness in aftertaste lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (547) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
Have had this numerous times. Pours orange, brown with a nice head. Fantastic balance between funkiness (brett), bitterness and lots of dryness. This is my go-tobeer in any bar I ever visit. For me THE Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatthijsE (934) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours hazy orange with thick foamy white head. Aroma is very Brett, tropical fruits, mango, sweet oranges, citrus. Taste is a touch wild, very carbonated, dry, crisp.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle aged for 15 months, from Aba-jour, Ghent. Leathery almost horseblanket farmyard, atop the joyous crisp blond I love. Stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snuit (1) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
nice foam, little acidity, great aftertaste , nice beer, not served to cold please

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Another fine Trappist, sampled at home, in Amsterdam (where it performed substantially better than at home), in Brussels and Paris (ditto) between April-July 2014 and again in Brussels Jan 2015. Has the aroma, pour, head, palate that one would expect of any true Monastery ale. A little too hoppy for me, a little smoother would be nice. But I quibble. Try this in a tulip as your introduction to Trappists. And get it in Benelux if you can, the bottles I drank over there were far smoother than at home and would earn it a 4.5...if only...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padchenko (108) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
6.2% bottle. Thick white head on amber cloudy, sweet smelling beer. Some sweetness in the taste - sugary sweetness rather than fruity. Heavy in its character and containing yeast it is bready and it is in some ways like a wheat beer reminding me of Paulaner. Lovely beer

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