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


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RATINGS: 4010   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%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (551) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Brassy apricot amber color (burnt orange). Minimal lacing. A bit of acidic spice, carbonation. Light fruits, yeast throughout nose and flavor. Hoppy hints. Spice was a little overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EatMore73 (17) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Pours hazy orange with a large white foamy head. Aroma of spice & floral. Taste is slightly sour, earthy, orange, vanilla. Creamy texture. Smooth bitterness finish. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (297) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear and amber in colour, with fantastic cloud-like and very thick head that stays for long during drinking. In aroma malt, bread, bretts and some hoppiness, floral hints on the back. In taste sour but the beer is very balanced with malty base. The beer is dry, quite bitter for belgian beer. carbonation is very fizzy. Must have if you are discovering world of Belgian beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgis (247) - LATVIA - APR 21, 2015
Slightly spoiled aroma. Very dense foam. Also surprisingly dry taste with bitter aftertaste. Also boozy. Smooth. Complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (543) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle poured into a tulip glass..golden pour with fluffy white head..aroma of brad,grass,spices,funk..tastes just like it smells..dry,lingering finish..just ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
musehead (8) - Siena, ITALY - APR 17, 2015 does not count
Birra di ottima qualità e piuttosto sorprendente per via del suo gusto veramente molto secco e della sua frizzantezza prorompente. Inizialmente, poco dopo stappata, si avverte un grosso aroma vegetale e speziato che dopo qualche minuto e a temperatura più alta lascia spazio a note di miele e caramello. Il gusto è armonicissimo e riflette tutte le sensazioni olfattive con un equilibrio notevole tra dolce e amaro. L’ho trovata validissima nell’abbinamento con dolci e credo possa essere ottima con il sushi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (944) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Aroma is immediately a slight funkiness and sour grapes tone. Light sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste is light sweet malts accompanied again by sour grapes, maltiness, slight earthiness and yeastiness. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (392) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
0.33 l bottle @ restaurant in Brussels. Nice hoppy taste. Refreshing and goes well with food. I ate rabbit prepared in gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbonde (105) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2015
33 cl@Belgian hotel bar in Orval Trappist glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours slightly hazy light golden with a white head. Turns into a fair amount of lacing with litlle creamy clots of foam. Very nice floral aroma with citrus, yeast and pine. First impression is the sourness of this Trappist, too sour for my taste, but then it unfolds, mirroring the aroma with citrus, yeast and pine backed up by a very dry, malty taste. Bitterness of the hops appears in the quite short aftertaste. Atypical Trappist - perhaps the "summer Trappist" in its sour lightness. Not my favourite Trappist, but still a good and complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
Aun no siendo un estilo que me apasione tengo probadas unas cuantas. Sabor a lupulo y levadura, con el olor tipico de las trapenses. Espuma media, buen cuerpo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChtiBreizh (57) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
This is a timeless standard brew. Although it is not my favourite trappist, I always have a good time drinking this. The first good thing is that it has quite a low abv for all the taste provided. It is visually perfect. It can be drunk anytime. I only blame for the too high carbonation (just wait a few minutes before drinking) and the odd (but it is part of the legend) "no finish at all".

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