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

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RATINGS: 4032   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%


budweiserblows' rating

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Great smelling beer. Didn’t quite have the depth of flavor I’ve come to expect in a Belgian Ale but that doesn’t change the fact that this beer is quite tasty and far more casually drinkable than any other Belgian ale I’ve had before.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blastomorpha (20) - - MAY 23, 2015
There’s something new about this beer every time. Complex but rewarding definitely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hikeg (4) - - MAY 21, 2015 does not count
A huge white frothy head mostly diminishing, good lacing. Hazy medium amber body. Medium malty aroma with nutty tone. Grassy, herbal, citric hops, heavy cheese and earthy yeast aromas. Notes of pear, wood and banana. Medium sweet initial feel, hoppy and dry finish. Long and rather acidic finish. Medium, oily texture with lively carbonation. Very complex and rather excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alomtnez (150) - SPAIN - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle. Big off-white head exceptionally long lasting (rocky). Hazy amber (1cm beer left in the bottle). Citric and slightly sour aroma, also spicy. Taste is acid, citrus, slightly spicy with sour (brettomices) hints. Sour finish and aftertaste. A sour ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cervmagpt (352) - PORTUGAL - MAY 16, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 26B/28A, adapted). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: brettanomicyes notes of barn, stable and a faint sweet malty background. APPEARANCE: dark orange color and hazy. large ivory head weth average retention. TASTE: initial brett notes that evolve into a somewhat sweet malt character. medium-high bitterness with a semi-sweet and bitter finish. PALATE: medium-low body with high carbonation. OVERALL: a trappist ale with a special yeast blend giving it a unique aroma and flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alanthebeerguy (200) - - MAY 13, 2015
From the bottle at The Pub in Las Vegas. Pours a rich amber color with large foamy head and non stop bubbling. The smell is ripe apricots, metallic and dried fruit. The taste is like surprisingly smooth, easy, yet complex. Unique. Bread, honey, sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
racedom (23) - Guadalajara, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2015
Pours golden, maybe a touch darker with an solid head that produces a fair amount of lacing. There are aromas of citrus, a bit of floral, and a bit of yeast. It is very dry on the palate first and foremost. There are floral tastes with a bit of citrus, and yeast. It has considerable carbonation. It is even a slight bit s

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wanderings878 (10) - ITALY - MAY 12, 2015
Bottiglia. Ambrata, con abbondante schiuma poco persistente, che lascia "traccia" sul bicchiere. Aroma tra il floreale e note erbacee, come rabarbaro. Amara, ma ben bilanciata. Secca, carbonatazione vivace. Una birra molto valida, magari non subito apprezzabile, ma con la giusta pazienza saprà sorprendere.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleble (24) - - MAY 12, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 Bottiglia. Ottima birra che sprigiona tutte le caratteristiche se lasciata riposare per qualche minuto a temperatura ambiente.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mackeon (136) - - MAY 8, 2015
Top quality beer, but very different from other trappist. This has a vaguely cidery, slightly sour taste with pleasant bitterness. Great aroma, good palate, great finish. Mine had enough yeast in the bottle to begin a brewery. Beautiful bottle with a minimalistic label, very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (243) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2015
De hoppigste trappist, lekker, licht bitter, fris. Heel anders van smaak dan de reguliere trappist.


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