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


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RATINGS: 3767   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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (963) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from Hop City in Atlanta. Poured into a pint glass (no snifter chalice at my Marriott.) Bottle about exploded when I opened it! Love it! Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick white head. Most head lasts and some decent lacing. Aroma is both fruity (bananas?) and funk. I think one of the yeast strains is making it almost have a banana aroma. The taste is more like a saison style funk bag versus a traditional Belgian ale. Bread, cereal, funky yeasts, and a little fruit with a hoppy finish. Very tingling on the palette. VERY DRY!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (101) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ejr (124) - Sarpsborg, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
Uklar oransje farge med et hvit skum. Aroma av malt, frukt, gjær og sitrus. Smaken følger aroma, mye smak, sitrus og gjær fremhever seg. Høyt karbonert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GLeboutte (4) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
L’Orval maximise l’ivresse pour ses 6.2 pc d’alcool – un contrat spécial entre les moines et Dieu ? Elle doit être apprivoisée car elle est austère et on ne l’aime pas nécessairement dès la première fois. Mais elle est le meilleur et plus réconfortant « retour à la maison » quand on a bu trop de choses diverses et qu’on s’est un peu perdu en route. L’Orval est avec les Gueuze la moins calorique du monde, et c’est une bière dont on ne se fatigue jamais. Elle s’améliore et devient plus forte pendant deux ans et ses amoureux ne veulent pas la boire âgée de moins de six mois. Chaque bouteille porte la date d’embouteillage. The Orval maximises drunkenness for his 6.2 pc of alcohol - a special contract between the monks and God? “She” must be tamed as she is severe and she is not necessarily loved from the first time. But she is the best and more comforting «return at home» when too many various things were drunk and we got a little lost under way. The Orval is with the Gueuze the least caloric of the world, and you never get tired of this beer. She becomes better and stronger during two years and her lovers do not want to drink the Orval whithin her six first months. Every bottle bears the date of bottling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (795) - Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2014
~1.5 year old bottle into Trappist glass, dirty rusty-amber color with fluffy light tan head. Aroma of white pepper, grass, spices (cinnamon, clove), citrus, light fruit (apricot, berries) and light brown sugar. Taste adds notes of caramel, wine, dried fruits (raisins, figs), green apple, slightest sour funkiness and bitter earthy hops. Light body, heavy carbonation, dry with slight earthy bitter finish. Very tasty Belgian Ale, light body and very flavorful. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
avisi (2) - FRANCE - AUG 11, 2014 does not count
séche, équlibrée, complexe, particulière (fumier), addictive, je la conseille en fin de dégustation si plusieurs bières (sauf si une autre orval du même âge ou plus est disponible)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerkenstock (34) - - AUG 9, 2014
Drink cold (8-10°C) Eye: copper brew with white to beige thick head with medium sized bubbles. Nose: Hops, citrus fruits and sweet yeast. spices as well. Mouth: hoppy, spicey and some sort of dried fruits perhaps some sort of apple. Palate: very complex long finish but dry at the same time... very complex. Overall: very nice hoppy beer which i’ll drink again sometime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tryonqc (20) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
Refreshing and easy to drink when very fresh, but the bretts take over the taste after a year +. I prefer it fresh. Amazing head. It’s so good that they run out of this beer many times per year in Belgium. Even when aged, the alcohol stays discrete. My favorite trappist.Try it fresh at least once in your life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeterFria (16) - - AUG 6, 2014
Hou ouder de Orval hoe beter zei mijn vriend die een bierkenner is...En ik zal hem gelijk geven

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xavalias (113) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle from Magasin du Nord, Copenhagen, DK, 6.2% ABV. Bottled on 18/02/2014. Pours an off-white to beige head in a sound of popping bubbles. When it settles, it leaves a hazy amber liquid with medium to high carbonation, and still a large, irregular head with big bubbles. Aroma is intense, hoppy, slightly yeasty and fruity. Once past the head, it tends towards more spices, still with plenty of hops and some fruits, and a bit of sweetness too, although it is definitely on the dry side. There is a little more in the aroma that I can’t identify, some sort of apple pie with cinnamon on it, but not exactly. Palate is fizzy, otherwise quite medium. Long bitter finish that turns sweet after some time. I have never seen so much head in a beer before, despite pouring it carefully I got only head first. Probably due to a bad sample or batch, who knows? Anyway, this weights a lot in the final rating, I guess otherwise it would be a very good beer, with a very complex aroma. I will try to have an other sample at another time.

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