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


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RATINGS: 3737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Bottle. Pretty darn solid. I’m still not a huge wild yeast fan, but this is the closest I have come yet. Nose is funky, saddle blanket yeast with some intense earthy notes and mild fruit. Flavor was also funky, light hops, some hints of sour fruit. Light to medium in body and quite dry. I enjoyed this beer more as I made my way through it. (3.9)

Bottle at home in London - picked up from Selfridge’s. Bottled in 2012, best by 2017, drank in 2013. Yeah, damn solid stuff. Not totally taken over by the brett - which I love - so still has a bit of bready sweetness. But it does have a decent dose of funk to it, so I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle between totally sweet and bready and totally funked. Excellent beverage. (4.3)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10409) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - 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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10293) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10201) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10124) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
This is an early rating, so I suspect my view on this beer will be different today! It’s dark amber with a huge head that leaves nice islands of foam. The mouthfeel is very prickly and alive. Both aroma and flavour are very complex and different from anything else I ever met before. There is sourness, barnyard, yeast, hops and a lot of other things. The sourness numbs my tongue, but after a while it dares to relax just a little bit and I get notes of a well prepared and slightly warm dough. The beer is 5 months old. I’m definitely going to taste this one again some day...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madsberg (10111) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10061) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 A unique Trappist with an orange/amber color, lacy white head, and tastes of citrus/orange and coriander. Medium mouth. Good bitter finish. Mellows slightly with age if kept well. Very nice.

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