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

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RATINGS: 3801   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%


MarkBarnes' rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
October 21, 2011; 11.5 oz. bottle. Amber pour, creamy head. Aromatic, fruity, dry, bitter. Lovely (if pricey!) Belgian ale.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergaard (74) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2014
Lovely golden orange beer with a big creamy, fluffy, off-white head. Very intense and fruity aroma - both sweet and tart - of yeast/brettanomyces, sweet citrus, fruit, hops, dried herbs, grape juice and sour yogurt. Tart taste of yeast, fresh and ripe fruit, white wine, dry shery, malt and a very pleasant hop presence. The warmer it gets the more complex, vinous and interesting it becomes and the tartness becomes much more distinct. Medium body, dy finish, long aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (285) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2014
Belíssima formação de creme! Espesso e levemente amarelado. Líquido turvo com uma bela coloração âmbar. Vale admirar por alguns instantes antes e durante a degustação. O aroma é intenso. Tenho dado muita sorte com as cervejas que venho bebendo neste quesito, mas esta se superou! Doce, noz moscada, muito bom mesmo. Muito amarga! Mesmo!!! E seca. Lembra um pouco uma schwartzbier, porém com algo mais no sabor, muito mais rica. Dá pra sentir um pouco de frutas secas, doce porém sem o açúcar. O Beltrameli falou em mel... realmente pode ser que a "doçura" que existe lembre um pouco a mel. O retrogosto é bastante intenso, porém tem duração limitada. Não foi o que mais me agradou nesta cerveja.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slaz (46) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Starts off carbonated with a fruity, dry and slightly sweet taste and has noticable hops. The aroma is really powerfull on this one so better take some time to fully enjoy it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (55) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2014
Rich in flavour and extremely aromatic, but not sickeningly sweet. Here’s hoping a few more converts show up at the monastery. Unbelievably good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidBe (26) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Uniek in zijn soort. Echt een fantastisch biertje. Heb hier standaard enkele bakken van staan. Mijn persoonlijke favoriet onder alle trappisten en waarschijnlijk ook alle bieren daarbuiten. Fantastisch biertje om te laten agen in de kelder. Café’s die dit biertje op hun kaart hebben staan, zullen altijd mijn voorkeur genieten. Van dit bier zijn er veel tegenstanders, maar ook veel voorstanders. Echte bierliefhebbers zullen een biertje als het deze altijd weten te appreciëren.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (173) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle in Serbia. It pours a very hazy coppery colour, huge and consistent off white foamy head. Nose: pungent herbal notes, lemon skin, grainy, sourness feel. Mouth: medium-high carbonation, medium dry palate. Notes of yeast, citrus, balanced sourness and bread. It is simply an Orval. Unique. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (59) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of citrus with a hint of herbs. Appearance is cloudy amber with significant white head. Light bitter taste. Medium to light body, with a texture that is hard to pin down, and a dry finish. A very complex beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Talk about aromatic. Huge fruity esters, and wood, some slight herbs. Flavor of rich caramel and slight lemon tart. The finish is rich caramel and a well balanced bitterness.A+++++

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamf (75) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark orange, very hazy, with huge white head. Overcarbonated, bretts have eaten something inside the bottle. Very good aroma. Fruity, floral. It’s dry, with some bitterness, really fruity, with some funky notes. Good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pimpelmees (12) - - SEP 9, 2014
First time I had it I thought it was not my type of beer, gave it a second chance and now i'm convinced, super!


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