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


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RATINGS: 3930   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%

Kosmokrator's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (517) - - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Limpido color the discretamente effervescente, con un velo cremoso di schiuma beige chiaro piuttosto persistente. Aroma fresco ed erbaceo arricchito da sentori di spezie, mela verde e lieviti belgi. Gusto secco e amarognolo, maggiormente luppolato nel finale che presenta anche lievissime note tostate. Corpo medio-lieve, struttura setosa ed effervescenza vivace la rendono una birra rinfrescante perfetta per ogni stagione; abv non percepibile, complessa ma beverina. Birra dal carattere variabile, bevuta più volte offre sempre qualche sfumatura differente, in ogni caso memorabile!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (734) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
This is so different from batch to batch. First one was had in 2007. Last on was 1 year ago in Italy. It is still one of the best, but every time I get my mount on it - it is different. Not like Kwak (came to my mind) - always the same. Next time I will add details.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (289) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy dark yellow orangish color with big white lacing head. Aroma of leather, stable. Medium body, lively carbonated, warming alcohol. Fruity flavor with spicy tones. Bitterness in aftertaste lingers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (546) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
Have had this numerous times. Pours orange, brown with a nice head. Fantastic balance between funkiness (brett), bitterness and lots of dryness. This is my go-tobeer in any bar I ever visit. For me THE Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatthijsE (919) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours hazy orange with thick foamy white head. Aroma is very Brett, tropical fruits, mango, sweet oranges, citrus. Taste is a touch wild, very carbonated, dry, crisp.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle aged for 15 months, from Aba-jour, Ghent. Leathery almost horseblanket farmyard, atop the joyous crisp blond I love. Stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
snuit (1) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
nice foam, little acidity, great aftertaste , nice beer, not served to cold please

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Another fine Trappist, sampled at home, in Amsterdam (where it performed substantially better than at home), in Brussels and Paris (ditto) between April-July 2014 and again in Brussels Jan 2015. Has the aroma, pour, head, palate that one would expect of any true Monastery ale. A little too hoppy for me, a little smoother would be nice. But I quibble. Try this in a tulip as your introduction to Trappists. And get it in Benelux if you can, the bottles I drank over there were far smoother than at home and would earn it a 4.5...if only...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padchenko (108) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
6.2% bottle. Thick white head on amber cloudy, sweet smelling beer. Some sweetness in the taste - sugary sweetness rather than fruity. Heavy in its character and containing yeast it is bready and it is in some ways like a wheat beer reminding me of Paulaner. Lovely beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (287) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2015
BOD 2/7/13, BBD 2/7/18. Pours a clear medium amber (copper) with just a hint of garnet. World Class head volume, lacing and retention - the best I have ever seen. The final pour provides a mild cloudiness. Complex nose of sweet fruit (grape, pineapple) coupled with tart lemon. Underneath there are notes of Belgian yeast, a slight spice, subtle sweetness and a bit of slightly sour earthiness (funk). Medium body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. Unfortunately, the flavor profile isn’t as impressive as the appearance or the aroma. It is intense, lacks complexity, and is poorly balanced. From the onset, phenols dominate and little else comes forward. In the middle, a bit of biscuit sweetness is underneath, but you really have to "look" for it. The finish is dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierridder_S (86) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
20/01/2015 33cl bottle @ Vert de Gris, Brussels. Nice orange amber with perfect foamy white head. Aroma : Hops, spcies,yeast. Taste : hops & spices, yeast, some sourness, some candy sugar and nice long lasting bitterness in the end. Damn, I can taste it again on writting this. Very nice mouthfeel. Even if beers like this are usually not my faivorites and the first taste is sometimes an effort, there’s just one possible rating, as nothing compares to it!

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