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

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RATINGS: 4068   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%


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11812) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (11703) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Re-rate on Orval Appreciation Day 2011. Hazy orange golden with a big and fluffy head if poured right. This head disappears a bit quickly though. The aroma never gets boring. Grass, grapefruit, fresh wood, leather, barnyard, spice notes and herbal notes. Deliciously dry and bitter, with complex flavour notes of fruit, herbs and funk. The one I had today also had a bit of caramel sweetness. Nice touch.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11434) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
Muddy orange with yeast coming down the sides of the bottle. Head is thin and white, but it stays for quite some time. Very aromatic with banana, oranges and yeast. Quite high carbonated for the style - lots of bubbles. Taste is dry and slightly peppery with another bout of oranges. Fills up your mouth pretty well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
11oz bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky off white head and cloudy gold color. Aroma is apple, cinnamon, spices, perfumy. Taste is peppermint, herbs, grain, dry, yeasty, perfumy. Interesting. Good effervescence. Nice for lots of herbal. Occasional.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11420) - 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?

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pinball (11329) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11285) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Bottle (dated 4 1996)poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, cookie, light vanilla and a hint of leather. Palate was light bodied, crisp lightyly dry and tart. Flavors of fruitiness, straw, cookie, light carmel and light leather with a crisp lingering lightly dry slightly tart finish.
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a large lasting off white head. Aromas of sour apple, citrus, some grassiness, yeast and some earthiness. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of light apple, hint of spice, yeast and a bit of horseblanket with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish. Aroma 8 Appearence 4 Flavor 7 Palate 4 Overall 15 Total3.8

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11044) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11000) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy golden ale with a thick white head. Spciey orange aroma, raisinous notes. Light band aid taste, with a crisp malt and very harsh bitterness, slightly metallic notes. Good bodied. Always have problem with Orval, sometimes ecellent, sometimes off.


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