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


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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Only available at the Cafe near the Abbaye. Produced for the Monks at Brasserie dOrval. Previously available on 33 cl bottles at 3.5% ABV. 2012- only sold on draft and at 4.5% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (42888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle 33cl.
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lancing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate hoppy, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. After so long time looking for this beer i manage to get it and it was a bit of disappointment, because it was just a very watery - thinner version off big brother the normal orval not thing else ! (240508)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
33 cL bottle at DHVL. Pours clear and golden orange with a dense white and creamy head. Aroma is soft malty and with a very minor brett note. Flavour starts light sweet malty with a vague brett citric note. Dry wooden brett note on the back of the tongue into the finish. Smooth and easy. Light peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (33469) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2004
The aroma is primarily of yeast with notes of coriander. It pours hazy amber with a beutiful lasting off-white head. The flavor is very spicy with notes of coriander, yeast, cloves, wood, hops, and hints of cinnamon.It is quite carbonated, so it runs sparkling over the tongue. The end is dry both from coriander and bitter hops. But the body is thin. The flavor is very complex for such a thin beer. This can definately be used as a thirst quencher after hours of praying. Thanks a lot to Jeppe (Bierkönig) for giving me this rare beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25383) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled. Orange coloured with a white head: Perfumed aroma of spices with hoppy notes. Flavour of spices with notes of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) This younger brother to the real Orval is apparently only available in the café next to the abbey - and only aimed at everyday consumption for the monks. Trying this in a tasting with the original this seems to be just a dilluted Orval. All the same wonderful herbal notes are there - only weaker. And expectedly both head and hoppiness are lower. Hence it’s a surprise that the colour is actually a darker amber than the oroginal. Hmm...so much for my dillution theory. Very easy to drink. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. For all it’s worth, even this weak Orval is still a unique experience. No label. 230105

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24523) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured, mediumsized head. Orange and lemon in aroma along with wheaty hints. Flavour is weaker than normal Orval, kind of "Orval mixed with water".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (22766) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2002
Bottled (2001 version). Reddish amber, lively and crystal clear with no sediment whatsoever in the bottle. Big perfumy orange aroma. Dry, but thin with near watery mouthfeel. Notes of pine needles leading to a bitter, hoppy finish. Not bad for such a light beer, but well short of it’s stronger more common brother.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (19949) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle at DHL. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Typical Orval aroma of sourdough and rye bread dough and yeast. Taste has orange peel, coriander, white pepper, raw bread dough. Soft sourness. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
Light amber color; generous creamy head, incredible lace.
The classic Orval aroma, hoppy, herbal, almost spicy.
Weak body strength; less bitter and dry than <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID=1 Dorée, but much better hop character, difficult to describe as it is unique, easy to define as it is Orval !!.
Absolutely drinkable; wonderful style, I love it. Thanks Jacob.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (16735) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Funny. I didn’t particularly like Orval when I first had it, and I didn’t particularly like this either. Perhaps it will grow on me. Copper colour with thick tight beige head. Slightly sour, marmalade aroma. Bit thin in mouth. Overly carbonated and the flavours were all a bit watery

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