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

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RATINGS: 4069   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%


paulvanpelt's rating

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulvanpelt (387) - Reusel, - MAR 2, 2013
Mooi rood-amber bier met flinke witte schuimkraag, die lang aanwezig blijft. Complex aroma: hop, citrus (grapefruit), kruidig. Droog in de mond, maar niet vervelend. Vooral een lekker bittere smaak!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atrox (450) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Orange colour; white, fluffy head with lacing. Bretts, barnyard, some herbs and fruits in aroma. Dry taste, herbal bitterness, bretts

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (193) - HONG KONG - JUL 2, 2015
This beer needs to age. This is just a 2014 bottle and it isn’t tasty as it could be. Still pours amber with a huge head. Yeasts are alive and you can see a carbonation twister spinning from the bottom of the glass. Fruity aroma, taste of malts, but not too complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurbDog (8) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
Fluffy white persistent head. Hazy copper colour. Brett, barnyard, hay. Dry. Pear, apple, acidic, Brett. High carbonation, prickly, effervescent.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (192) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Aroma: leather, hay, grass, Appearance: clear light amber, off-white head Taste: umm - medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, Bueno excellente

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pumpkin87 (117) - - JUN 27, 2015
Very cloudy amber with huge off-white head that reduces steadily but leaves persistent skim. Aroma of a sour, with green apple, stone fruit and funk. If chilled, let it warm closer to room temperature to open up. Even so, the upfront taste of this nine-month old bottling is must and heavy aromatics tending toward camphor, as though it were poured from a not particularly well-sealed cedar chest. Some pear notes find there way through, and plentiful carbonation provides a satisfying mouth feel and attractively dry finish. But even with aeration, this lacks the complex flavor profile of many other Trappist ales. I’m going to try again with a bottle aged longer, because this one was disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (177) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2015
Amberish color with huge head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of yeast and bread and floral with bit of toasty taste to it. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you’d expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (290) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2015
From a bottle at Franklin's Bar at the Delano in Las Vegas. Pours a dark copper and makes a Belgian thick head with a lot of lacing. Aroma is of yeast and bread and plums. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Tastes like the Trappist ale you'd expect with dark fruits, dryness, and bready goodness. You want to savor Orval slowly and don't drink it too cold, the flavored will come alive as it warms up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dodskenta (75) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2015
Vintage 2012 bottle. Beautiful clear ambee hue with a long lasting film of head. Nose is packed with brett, sweet malts, raisins, lots of figs, yeasts, grassy hops. Flavour is raisins, brett, spices, grassy, bitter hops. Big carbonation and dry finish. Full bodied with a chewy texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy dark copper, large foamy white head. Sour aroma, green apples, herbs, bread. Fizzy mouthfeel. Fruity and spicy taste, apricot, pear, green apple, orange peel, herbs and malt. The finish is tart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toninjo (7) - CROATIA - JUN 24, 2015 does not count
Bottle 0.33l. Its a good beer. Shady red color with a good taste. Best to drink from a cup and not more than one bottle.


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