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


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RATINGS: 3775   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%

edgallow's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edgallow (2000) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2012
11.2 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt and yeast. Taste is sweet up front with a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackybeer (1) - - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
A classic Belgian style Trappist. Hoppy and not too strong. Delicious aroma. A bit of an acquired taste probably. One of my all time favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guiroul33 (12) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2014
Aroma of caramel, herbs, earthy. Appearance: orange, hazy, frothy. Bitter taste. Palate: creamy, lively, bitter finish. A great trappist!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1931) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to light brown color with tints of yellow roaming around the sides of the glass. There’s a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing here and there. The smell had a nice blend of sweet citrus to spices of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove. The taste was spicy sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Nice spiciness rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian pale ale worthy of having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prometheus682 (1) - Winfield, USA - AUG 25, 2014 does not count
Wild color and great taste. This beer is definitely worth trying and worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2014
bottle. bottled 27/03/2014 from Raleigh Whole Foods. label says 6.9%. good aroma, sweet. fruity yeasty. get grapefruit and pear, with black pepper and cheese. cloudy orangy brown color, good head, that stays as a ring that clings on the way down. sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. it’s nice, aroma has range, jumping between the fruits and yeast. nice sweet flavor, nice dry sweetness on finish. gotta try to pick tis one up now and again....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (73) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Bottled 01/02/2011, pours a dark amber with a retensive creamy head. Looks appetizing. Chocolate, cream, candi sirup, old apple; a soft but distinct aroma. Medium to full body (hey, this is a 6,2abv trappist) which is amazing. Soft and potent, aged in ideal situations, brings out an aging that rewards the patient with a creamy Orval from another - more tasteful - dimension.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (173) - - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy amber liquid, big pale beige unsteady head. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of grapefruit, currant, black grapes, spices, a touch of honey. Wine aftertaste. Medium bitterness, light sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (130) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Amber colour beer with a huge white head that stays long. High carbonation. Smells fruity and sauer. Taste is also fruity, sauer, spice, citrus, hops very complex taste. Good trapist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (115) - ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy amber with medium beige head. Aroma is yeasty, cheese, skunky and sweaty - but in a good way - banana, fruity. Flavor is as the nose - rich and complex, yeasty, skunky, light hoppy bitterness, notes of banana, spicy, light sourness. Full body, dry. Lively carbonation. Bitter aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenOver (70) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours with a lot of head, smell is very strong, rosemary-like. Very pleasant smell, very carbonated, spikes the mouth a little too much and hides the full body. Slightly sour taste. Could be better bit not bad.

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