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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%


hstreet's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 8, 2013
Great foamy head! Nose is spicy and sweet. Another quality solid trappist! Loved every mouthful of this one. Just the right tartness and punch! Way to go


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (358) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Spicy herbal aroma, with a bread yeast kick. Flavour is so complex for its abv, , sweet, sour, dry hops . World class beer .

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenoitLhoest (3) - Liège, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
Etant donné la modicité de la production, chaque brassin est différent de tous les autres, mais toujours il y a ce nez puisamment végétal, coulis de fougères et de lime mélées, cette première bouche ronde, douce, cette seconde sure comme une Gueuze, épicée comme une IPA et puis il y a cette interminable longueur amère, si longue qu’on se réveille parfois avec en bouche l’Orval de la veille. Ma cave en regorge, ce qui explique qu’elle soit si rare.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tselloufc88 (152) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Aroma of some citrus, banana, raisins. Hoppy aroma for a Belgian ale. Taste is clean, fresh citrus with some banana, orange. Decent bitter finish. Very nice stuff this. Easy going stuff for the strength.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
This is a fairly strong ale (6.9%), it has a light color and is pretty milky. It throws a mean head, no matter how gently you pour. The first thing I noticed was the citrus/fruity aroma. Not a bad smell, but not what I had anticipated.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bork (241) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Rich and filling beer with lots of flavors. The bitter tartness on the finish takes over too much and the mouthfeel is a bit too foamy. A classic brew but not for all tastes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (864) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a chalice. A: Beautiful bottle and art. Pours a hazy amber to chestnut color, firming a huge yellow to beige head that dissipates slowly leaving many lacings around. A small layer persists and some particles can be seen floating around S: Sweet, malty and "biscuity". Fruity (reminded me pears and apples). Acid (orange zest). Fresh and grassy hops and the traditional Belgium yeasts the end T: Distinct and complex as the nose. Sweet caramel upfront but very dry, in overall, bit acid and quite bitter end. Caramel malts. White grapes, apples, notes of wood, nuts, yeasts and finally the hops M: Medium body and high carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. A classic and, at the same time, distinct Belgium Trappist. Mandatory to any beer lover. Second review 2010.11.20 (improving A and D from 4.5 to 5) [ BA Review @ 1/9/2010 ]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doomy86 (20) - - OCT 14, 2014
caramel, herbs, barnyard, brown, clear, frothy, light sweetness, lightly sour, medium body, lively,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gripweed57 (728) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
330 ml bowling pin bottle. Cloudy amber orange color. Big rocky beige head.aroma is redolent of Brettanomyces yeast. Earthy barnyard notes, as expected. Flavor upfront is tart and bready with dry acidic notes. Finish is dry and light spicy hops. A world class ale. Very simple and wonderfully complex. Salt of the earth. This was the first Belgian beer I ever tasted back in the late 1970’s. I remember that it was so uniquely different and intriguing. It started me on a journey to explore the many different beer styles that were so unfamiliar to me then. Orval holds a special place in my memory and heart. It still tastes the same now as I remember it did back then.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Tasted under suboptimal conditions, but contains notes of pickled cucumbers, mustard and lambic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
momordgz (108) - - OCT 11, 2014
This beer is so special. Is’nt my kind pf beers, but still being a must for me. Spicy, swett, dry... Extremly well balanced, good body, nice head...


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