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

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RATINGS: 3824   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%


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
Hazy golden color, with an increibly nice and lasting head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Maybe a little artificial,but not in a bad way. Flavor is sour, a little bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/25/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Murfreesboro
Score: i

Hazy orange, big frothy off-white head, spicy malt aroma, tart bitter malt flavor, good sample?
-------- /> Date: 08/24/2004
Score: ii

strong sour citrus aroma, woody malt flavor, lots of tart character along with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish, mixing in some slury nuteralizes the tartness making it a rich malty well-balanced ale, still no big whoop
-------- /> Date: 09/01/2005
Source: aa tasting

some good horse blanket aroma, still a good oaky tart flavor, growing on me after all these years
-------- /> Date: 04/01/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Brewfest Classic City
Score: 2.5 to 3.5

lots of horse blanket aroma with a woody tartness, complex malt flavor, nice woody character, light tartness, good balancing bitterness without having any niticable hops,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pinball (10867) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2008
strong full aroma of citrus and good stuff., looks great wih the large head. is muddy though, but looks very appealing. taste is a letdown grass and weeds dominates and not much under that to balance. perhaps it was the great food i had just before. anyways - unbalanced and sort of a mouth full of (knee high)grass feeling. it’s a subtle thing. aroma is GREAT

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10822) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10795) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Very interesting brew. Aroma was a strong hoppy with spice. Color was cloudy dark amber with a large rocky head. Flavor was very complex of hop with a long finish with a small bite of alcohol. Good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10604) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Powerfull froral hoppy aroma. Strange fruity/flower flavor (if you can say that fast many times i will give you a prize). No as creamy as expected. Is this the least good trappist?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10442) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle conditioned, 330 ml, aged 4 yrs. Gold amber with big white head, sl haze. The initial aroma is terrific, if not particularly beery. There is vanilla and cloves and lots of herbs. The aging was deliberate to attemt to get a smoother beer and it works, I like the young beer but love the older, there is a herby floral mixture of flavours with juicy citric fruits. The body of the beer fills out with a viny richness. A terrific beer and worth the wait.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10374) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 Creamy, lasting head. Aroma: hops and grapefruit. Taste: a bit tart, citrus and hops. A long, bitter finish. A very good and complex beer, but I prefer them a bit less bitter. Re-rate: Flowery hoppiness in the aroma. Strong oily hoppiness in the flavor. Citric and tart, vanilla. Long citric hopbitter finish. I have to boost my rating, because this is truly a great beer. tasted july 2008, 1986 bottle. Still lively in the bottle. Honey and plastic in the aroma. Still some reamining hops in the flavor, citrus and leather. Has become thin and tart. Past its peak, but still a very special beer. (8 3 6 3 13 = 3.3)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
Hazy amber with medium fluffy withe head. Sweet fruity aroma with spices and perfume notes. Complex flavor with fruit, brett, malts and orange peel. FInishes discrete sour. Lovely!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Bottled: Well this is the 20. beer in my christmas calender of 24 beers. Until now its by far the best. Has a hazy orange colour and a huge impressive head. The sight of it reminds me of a wheat beer. The aroma has some similarities to wheat beer as well, but you instantly know, that its not. Very spicy aroma. The flavour is special. Coriander and elderflower is present and a powerful saltyness, that makes this beer quite special and different. The hoppy bitterness in the end is remarkabel. All in all this is one of the best beers i’ve tried, simply because it is so different to other beers i’ve come across. I’ve visited this frequently over the past years, and the beer has become one of the regulars, always present in my fridge. Must say that this is beerart at its best. Might as weel admit it to myself. This is simply the nearest to beer perfection.


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