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

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RATINGS: 4007   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


MarcoE's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoE (12) - - MAR 31, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Mooi dik schuim. Koperkleurig, tikje troebel. Ruikt fris, beetje rinsig, citrus, hop. Smaak is vooral drooghoppig, bitter, maar er zit ook een zuur appeltje in. Iets notigs, eiken. Droogbittere afdronk. Vrij licht bier. Doordrinker.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (538) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle poured into a tulip glass..golden pour with fluffy white head..aroma of brad,grass,spices,funk..tastes just like it smells..dry,lingering finish..just ok.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
musehead (5) - Siena, ITALY - APR 17, 2015 does not count
Birra di ottima qualità e piuttosto sorprendente per via del suo gusto veramente molto secco e della sua frizzantezza prorompente. Inizialmente, poco dopo stappata, si avverte un grosso aroma vegetale e speziato che dopo qualche minuto e a temperatura più alta lascia spazio a note di miele e caramello. Il gusto è armonicissimo e riflette tutte le sensazioni olfattive con un equilibrio notevole tra dolce e amaro. L’ho trovata validissima nell’abbinamento con dolci e credo possa essere ottima con il sushi.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (939) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Aroma is immediately a slight funkiness and sour grapes tone. Light sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste is light sweet malts accompanied again by sour grapes, maltiness, slight earthiness and yeastiness. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (384) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
0.33 l bottle @ restaurant in Brussels. Nice hoppy taste. Refreshing and goes well with food. I ate rabbit prepared in gueuze.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbonde (100) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
33 cl@Belgian hotel bar in Orval Trappist glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours slightly hazy light golden with a white head. Turns into a fair amount of lacing with litlle creamy clots of foam. Very nice floral aroma with citrus, yeast and pine. First impression is the sourness of this Trappist, too sour for my taste, but then it unfolds, mirroring the aroma with citrus, yeast and pine backed up by a very dry, malty taste. Bitterness of the hops appears in the quite short aftertaste. Atypical Trappist - perhaps the "summer Trappist" in its sour lightness. Not my favourite Trappist, but still a good and complex beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
Aun no siendo un estilo que me apasione tengo probadas unas cuantas. Sabor a lupulo y levadura, con el olor tipico de las trapenses. Espuma media, buen cuerpo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChtiBreizh (50) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
This is a timeless standard brew. Although it is not my favourite trappist, I always have a good time drinking this. The first good thing is that it has quite a low abv for all the taste provided. It is visually perfect. It can be drunk anytime. I only blame for the too high carbonation (just wait a few minutes before drinking) and the odd (but it is part of the legend) "no finish at all".

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (75) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
So much going on with this beer. Pours an orange/copper colour. The nose is huge, sweet yeast, floral, grassy. Taste has some banana, floral, subtle funk, grass. I’m not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but this is a cracker

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nicocanta (62) - - APR 10, 2015
Toujours aussi originale et sans concession, cette trappiste exigeante, bien qu’assez peu alcoolisée pour ça gamme, m’offre une expérience différente à chaque fois bien que son amertume particulière soit toujours fidèle au rendez vous. On pourrait pas l’accompagner toute la nuit mais on ne s’ennuie jamais en sa compagnie.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (342) - - APR 10, 2015
Golden reddish colour with almost no head. Aroma of peaches, citrus, some bananas, similar is the flavour with well balanced bitterness. But still this beer did not convince me in a view of its rating.


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