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


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RATINGS: 4130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12247) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christian (11902) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11869) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11738) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (11679) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, malzig süß, leicht würzig. Geschmack leicht hefig, fruchtig malzig, Gewürze, blumig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11613) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pinball (11591) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11591) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (11547) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 Rating is best of all tastings.
330ml bottle (Bon Vivant, Riga)
Light cloudy brown - way darker than the previous one. Soft musky aroma. Crisp in the mouth. Again musky, and a slightly cheesy funk in the mouth. Crisp hops too. Really tasty, vastly better than before.
Rerate of 5-3-6-3-12=2.9
Bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Pours opaque orange, with a lively creamy head. Slightly sour aroma - pleasantly like lambic, maybe a little pissy (as in urine, not as in weak). Taste is peppery, fruity, soapy and perfumed, and, like the aroma, is a bit too much like crotch. Sour bitter aftertaste. Disappointed - it’s pleasant, but not brilliant.
Rerate: Alvar, Turku, 2008-12-27, bottled 2008-08-19
Beautifully crisp sour aroma - peaches and mandarin zest. Rich orange, tiny head. Magnificently crisp hops. A revelation. Wow. I’m now a complete Orval convert!
Rerate: Bon Vivant, Riga, 2010-09-03. Takeout. Great to swig whilst wandereing around an almost deserted part of town looking for your hotel after the locals give diametrically opposing directions.
Rerate: Drink Baar, Tallinn, 2010-09-19. (7-5-8-5-16=4.1)
Possibly the best ever. Aroma not as brilliant as it has been, dropped from 8 to 7, but the tight head stayed in the glass the whole way down, and I think I took over an hour drinking this, so bumping the look to 5. Retronasals amazingly fruity, lots of peach and apricot. Funk pretty moderate. Hops quite potent, real bitter kick. Glorious. Finish so so fruity, and with more bitter hops too - almost perfection, so bumping the palate to 5. Every single sip was lovely. Bumping overall to 16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (11546) - 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

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