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


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RATINGS: 4126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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%

GuillaumeCL's rating

   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 youíre left with a bitter hoppy flavour. Very interesting, though not really up my alley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (664) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2015
From a bottle at a fancy restaurant. Great complex flavor. Earthy but sweet and slightly tart. Outstanding balance. Unique in a crowded segment. One of my favorites. Want to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (76) - Nossebro, - OCT 5, 2015
Bottled 28/08/2014. Amber colour with a long lasting white big head. Fruity hoppy aroma; a bit sour also, yeast. Taste is lightly sweet with a quite an intense bitterness. Rather complex beer with a hoppy and somewhat dry character in the beginning with a finish that is best described as a mix of maltiness, burn sugar and belgian yeast , Full body and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1205) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
Iíve never rated orval, thatís weird. Tastes like orval. Itís great, if youíre reading reviews to consider buying orval, youíre in trouble.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Icedwarf (851) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
Lichtbruin troebel bier met veel schuim wat mooi blijft staan. Daarmee is ook alles gezegd. Smaak is iets zuur en apart, citroen en muffig. Ik blijf dit een bijzonder bier vinden wat niet bij me past.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scottishchris (473) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle from Cornelius (bottled on 24/03/2015). Hazy copper, big fluffy off-white head that gently collapses down to crags. Yeast, dry grass, dried stoned fruit (cherry, prune?). Medium body, initially quite sprightly fizz that fades a little. Some booze, malts, farmhouse hops and light bitter finish. Caramel sweetness and slightly oily. I can see why people get excited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Halonso (10) - - SEP 29, 2015
Amber color,spicy herbal aroma with a few fruity notes,fresh palate,nice white head,my favorite Trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vladivostok (339) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Not quite sure why this gets such a high rating. Itís good but it ainít that good. Rich hazy amber almost orange in colour. Much more bitter than the average Belgian ale with a hoppy spiciness that disguises its strength - in fact 6.2% is rather humdrum in its native land but thatís hardly a criticism. I like it but Atletico Bilbao rather than Barcelona for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (204) - DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Pours a dense hazy copper brown with white frothy/rocky head. The head never really settles. The nose is very classic and at the same time truely unique. Yeasty, barn qualities, fermenting hay and mineral, brown plum. The taste is refreshing with mineral, yeasty fruit. Unripe hops delivers bitterness and ballance. A slight sour note is detectable in older expressions and this can bring further complexity. The aftertaste is slightly malty, slightly yeasty, farmy and finishes in a refreshingly bitter way. Iím glad I live in world where there is Orval. Please donít change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolfcarnival (159) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 22, 2015
bottle from beergeek during the wow meet. got it to share with matt and eric but ended up drinking it myself after they left. pours cloudy brown orange with a creamy head. aroma of banana, raisin, musty yeast. taste was surprising tbh. much more sour and hoppy than expected. theres still some fruit and malts in there but i wasnt loving it as much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Estebanik (301) - Lublin, POLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Mocno zbita, drobna piana. W aromacie czuć intensywną dzikość, końska dera, te klimaty. Leciutko czuć owocowe, chmielowo-estrowe akcenty. W smaku wytrawne, ściągające, sugerujące kwas, ktůry jednak nigdy nie nadchodzi. Nasycenie wysokie. Dziki aftertaste, ktůry nie każdemu przypadnie do gustu. Definicja słowa "funky".

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