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


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RATINGS: 3806   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%

kdm1984's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdm1984 (665) - Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Head seems to last an eternity. Big yeast and lemon aroma - perhaps the best yeast scent I have come across yet. Well balanced Brettiness, sharp lemon citrus, and breadiness in the flavor. Glad I finally got a bottle of this legendary brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2166) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy orange copper with a thick foamy beige head. Tastes light, dry, line sour grapes, grassy, cracker malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet red grapes, raisin, musky grains, and a little earthy. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (3569) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with thick, frothy off-white head. Aroma is toasted malts, light toffee, light barnyard esters, light citrus, and some spice. Flavor is dry malt profile, light spicy hops, Belgian yeast esters, and faint sour fruit notes; crisp, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chromeotaphor (35) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2014
Zurig aroma dat waar het fruit diep in verborgen zit, niet aangenaam. Prachtige schuimkraag die mooi schuimt, lijkt wel wolkachtig. Prachtig licht bruin getinde kleur, met dunne maar vrij veel carbonatie. Smaak doet kruidig aan in het begin en wordt fruitiger na een tijd in de afdronk met hinten van caramel. Droog in afdronk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bruds (22) - - SEP 27, 2014
Pours golden brown with thick white head from the bottle. Smells spicy with some wheat. Fruity, spicy, bubbly on the drink. Fnishes smooth. Light on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dsmith4 (33) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle in Delirium, Brussels. Good belgian beer but strange dusty, spicy, citrussy flavours that didn’t grab me and make me think this is an outstanding beer despite its trappist status.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergaard (76) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (291) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (65) - 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.

   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.

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