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

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RATINGS: 3784   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%


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
A: Amber orange in color with 2+ fingers of foam (that lasts forever). S: Yeasty, a little funky, some tart apple. T: A bit tart, yeast, with a mild funk, and not necessarily bitter or sweet in any way that I can tell. M: On the lighter side, pretty effervescent and dry D: Could have quite a few of these...

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pinball (10779) - 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
Tmoney99 (10593) - 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 (10508) - 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?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10460) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10368) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with a nice lasting head. Great aroma of hops and some sourness. Just amazing flavour! Delightful touch of hops and sweetness. Bustling mouthfeel. Nice long lasting aftertaste. Best if the beer has lagered some years. I have tried several years and the best was a 1996 tasted at Christmas 2005. Great, greater greatest!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10172) - 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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10171) - 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.


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