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

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RATINGS: 4038   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%


KajII's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2011 Bottle. Poured a murky amber with some orange undertones and a huge white foamy head that was mostly diminishing but had fantastic lacing. The aroma was heavy of a straw like malt, a moderate floral hop and a moldy scented yeast with notes of dried fruit (raisins), a hint of spice and some citrus (lemon and maybe orange) with a mild alcohol tinge. It tasted a malty, a little bitter and slightly sour with a hint of a peppery spice in the beginning and finished lightly bitter and yeasty with notes of fruit, citrus and a slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor was left to linger for a while, leaving a light sourness on the palate. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and a little oily in texture with the carbonation being quite pronounced, almost prickly in feel. Overall a fantastic Trappist Ale, I can see now why the Monks only brew this one beer.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuelMTL (225) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
Pours a dark hazy orange with a frothy white head. Complex nose is spicy with barnyard and fruity brett aromas. Some bubblegum too. Taste is bitter with fruity notes. Dry finish. Sweaty brett notes are also there. High carbonation. Great complex Belgian beer with a nice wild yeast touch!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nudiebear (213) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at bar. Lively pour. Honey amber with full white head. Aromas of floral, Belgian yeast, sour dough bread, toffee. Fresh sweet mint. Tastes sweet caramel, light syrup, fresh and bubbly. Clean palate, good beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
redders1974 (232) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2015
Hard one to describe almost a sour ale but quite complex some fruit bread something medicinal its all going on with this one, decent but just that Little to spour for my liking.

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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (109) - POLAND - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, bb 15.10.2019. Pours amber with large, white head. Distinct wild aromas, some barnyard or cellar notes typical for Brettanomyces, some fruity notes and hints of sourness. Moderately bitter, with fruity notes. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Intense, complex aroma and taste.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birrananda (9) - - MAY 28, 2015 does not count
Pours caramel amber medium foam. Aroma is floral with a delicate sour edge, grassy floral. Taste is peaches, fruity and a wild yeast delicate tarty taste builds up dissipating into a slight bitter and riped dried banana after taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cervmagpt (361) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alomtnez (163) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
IngetSlick (45) - - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Lively bubbly white head. Golden, muddy body. Smells of yeast, apricot, apple. Tastes dry, pear, gooseberry, grapefruit, sweet and sour with a bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hikeg (12) - - MAY 21, 2015
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.


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