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

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RATINGS: 3658   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%


pellegjr's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle, pours pristine copper with sparse, rocky, ivory head, aroma is asserive blend of funk, dank, some herbal esters, really incredible, flavor profile is crisp, round, and delicious, effervescent carbonation and just a bit of pithy bitterness. An absolutely outstanding beer.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (273) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2014
I find myself again at odds with a few people. This has a huge aroma on opening, but then I found that, for me, it was too sour and cider like, and thin on length, and not a lot of depth. BUT this does not make this a bad beer just one that I might not be in tune with

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonnyConga (51) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
Pressie from Essie. Poured big head. Cloudy as I poured in the yeast.... Smells great. Tastes great. Not as out there as lots of Belgians. Really like this beer. Could drink lots in one sitting. TASTY!!! Tasted at 6.2%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baton (16) - Łódź, POLAND - APR 17, 2014
Pours cloudy orange with big head. Aroma: funky, fruits, some cherry, grass, wood. Generally quite pleasant. Taste is funky notes and nice herbal bitterness. Complex and interesting beer with good drinkability.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MoreCoffeePlease (3) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Bottled on 6/27/2013. Very loud hiss upon cracking the cap. Color is light amber and hazy. Head is composed mostly of large bubbles, but doesn’t dissipate at all. 5 minutes in and the head is still as large as when it was poured. Aroma is reminiscent of a sour, with some funk, citrus, breadiness and apples. Taste is different from the other Belgian ales I’ve tried. Slightly sweet and that barnyard funk is in the forefront. Some oakiness and bitterness, as well as some citrus and apples. Heavy carbonation cleans your palate, and mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Very complex and enjoyable beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DroolYeast (88) - Odder, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
From 33 cl bottle, 6 months old. Sweet fruit aroma, like sweet summer fruits. Pours clear amber brown with slightly off-white foamy head. Lots lasting. Sour apple. Eathy malts. Light bitterness and light sweet. Watery texture, light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticJohnny (38) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
Poured into Trappist glass. Cloudy, bronze colored with frothy 2 finger white head. Smells grassy and fruity. As the beer warmed, it tastes a slight sour fruit with malt and slight hop taste to it. Medium, low carbonated palate. Ok beer for me, could of been better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Esi (10) - POLAND - APR 13, 2014
0,33 l. nice, unique bottle. Extreme carbonation, hazy, light orange colour. Huge, white, fluffy head. Sophisticated aroma with hops, yeast, wine, ripe fruits some wood and barnyard. Pleasant, herbal bitterness, delicious mild aftertaste, present soft sweetness. Great body. This beer is complete and drinkable though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (553) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
@ Röhällavägen. Flaska från Systembolaget (26:-). Syrlig och fruktig, jäst och kryddor, Brett-toner, rejält torr och ganska besk. Avslutningen är torr och besk.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from my local giant eagle. Can't believe I hadn't had this one before. I was pleasantly surprised. I normally don't like Trappist beers but this one is a bit different. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a full white head. Aroma of funk and grass. Taste has a slight tang and finishes dry. This one was 9 months old at the time of drinking. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (505) - örebro, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Mycket oklar, brun-orange (sand färgad) med ett stort, lätt brun färgat skum. Doft: Funk, äppel källare, gräs, ute dass, söt trä doft. Smak: Funk, lite syrlig trä smak, gräs, torr franska, jord, citrus skals beska, brända frukt kärnor.


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