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


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RATINGS: 3831   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%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011
Bottle 330ml.

Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head. This head does not go away! It is incredible! Aroma is fantastic, smelling grapefruit and citrus. Taste is similar to a hefeweizen, but a sweet version. Leaves a nice sweet taste at the finish. A little spice is in the flavor as well.

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

[ Re-rate on Orval Appreciation Day 2011 ]. Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus - grapefruit, fruity, moderate to heavy yeasty, brett, light barnyard - leather. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. One of my all time favorit beers - alwas in the house ;O) [20110331]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours unfiltered orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma is most of all hoppy, what a difference from the other trappists, but it also has so many other components: YEAST, fruits. spices, slight sweetness but most of all: the aroma is dry. Flavour is citric, malt sweetness which is good for balance to the sour/bitter hop notes. Strong bitterness into the finish. First time I had this I was in awe, I had found the perfect beer and no one around me could understand the same thing. I’ve come back and been in doubt several times, but this one deserves to be in the same league as the golden 12. There doesn’t seem to be an "inbetween" with this one, either you like it and wholeheartedly appreciate it, or you move on - I stay still, this is my beer for an evening on the balcony as the sun sets...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 An unclear orange beer with a fantastic head. The aroma is sweet with notes of fruit, orange, and other spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of orange, fruit, yeast, cinnamon, and other spices. It ends on a nice bitterness combined with an acidic note. A great beer - but not the best of the trappists.

An early ’90’s bottle - best before 10/12/93 and at 5.2% ABV, sampled in 2010. An unclear dark golden with a fine off-white head. The aroma has notes of lemon, brettanomyces, and lacto acid. The flavor is very dry with notes of brettanomyces, some wood and lemon on a lightly malty back ground, leading to a dry and lightly tart finish. I prefer them fresher (hophead), but it sure holds up 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Since Orval tuned up the alcohol with 1% in ’93 or ’94 they unfortunately also started cutting some edges making the beer loose some character and a bit of hoppiness. Still I believe this is an outstanding world classic - although not a beer for everyone. Dark amber with a huge, fluffy head. But the sweet sensation in this is the extremely sophisticated spicing which is truly unique and unlike any other beer. 300493 & 050394

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy orange coloured with a huge off white head. Fruity aroma with some sweetness and notes of spices, hops and alcohol. Fruity flavour of spices and hops. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, big white foamy head. Aroma is pretty complex but atleast I found it spicy and hoppy with hints of yeast. The nose was a bit like some wines. Flavour was almost the same as aroma, mainly spicy and hoppy with hints of yeast. Also noted a bit grassiness/mould in the flavour. Tastewise a very rich beer, and very wellbalanced. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2002
Orange coloured very lively beer. Perfumy and very complex smell. Tastes of orange peels, and finishes bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty spicy aroma with some weak hoppy hints. Fruity malty slightly bready bitter hoppy flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
31st December 2005
Early amateur rating warning! Mid brown beer - lighter than the Chimay and Rocheforts this evening but really nothing special.
2010 note - one of the first beers I rated when I had no idea of it’s reputation, several thousand beers later - still struggling to understand the reverence it’s held in!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011
2011-10-30, bottled 2010-12-13, 10 months, 6-5-7-4-13=35
Cloudy amber color, with generous creamy head. Mild aroma, Belgian but not up to expectations, with very light pukery impression. Some malt flavor, almost sweet for Orval, and very low development of yeast character. The final only shows a shade of that lost character. Pleasant beer, nothing more.

2010-08-20, bottled 2010-05-05, 3 months, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Extreme carbonation and huge head; the classic orange-amber color is very cloudy for this fresh beer. The aroma is mild, almost soapy, with some Bretts and cork, and lightly biscuity too. The malt flavor is quite poor, and very green; it has a dry mouthfeel, with some astringency, but all this is not enough to constitute a character; there is a light trace of bitter oranges. The final is correctly bitter but without backbone.
Too young.

2010-08-20, bottled 2009-10-05, 10 months, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Extreme carbonation and huge head; it has the classic orange-amber color, just hazy. The Bretty aroma is evident, delicate, yet sharp. Good mouthfeel, almost round; the malt flavor is spicy enough, with character, even if not the top of the Orval. And so it is, balanced till the end.
Complex, balanced, very good.

2010-08-18, bottled 2010-02-18, 6 months, 8-4-7-3-15=37
Light amber color, hazy; huge head, frothy, it seems that the carbonation is more than usual. The funky aroma is mild, instead there is a stronger citrusy character; woody. Dry mouthfeel, more malty than usual, not enough Bretty, and instead it has a strange cork flavor. Strong bitterness, with some bitter oranges. Not the best.

2009-12-26, bb 2006-01-12, 8 years old, 10-5-7-3-16=41
Bright copper color; generous, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh; there is cellar aroma, Bretts, spices (black pepper); amazingly, it’s even fruity. The body is rather thin, the mouthfeel is dry; dry caramel flavor, average Brett astringency; strong ending bitterness. The deposit in the bottle adds some complexity. Not at its peak.

2008-05-21, bottled 3 months ago (2008-02-11), 9-5-7-3-15=39
Magnificent appearance (forgot to mention the thick lace, last time). It has a very nice aroma, in which the bitter orange is more evident, and with a white pepper touch. Unfortunately, besides a respectable body structure, the flavor is lacking in complexity, the bitterness comes out too late and I wonder where the hop and spice bite has gone. Too young?

2003-08-13, 2 1/2 years old, 10-5-8-5-17=45
Golden color; big thick head; wonderful perlage. The typical powerful aroma, dry, old hops, oranges, wood. Dry taste, again the Orval yeast, but less incredible than the aroma.
A unique beer!.

2003-08-13, fresh bottle
Very similar, but not completely mature, and less hop character.

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