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


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RATINGS: 4470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, - FEB 6, 2010
Vertical tasting of a fresh and a relatively old vintage.
The older one bottled on 13/03/2007, the younger is from 08/10/2009.

Appearance: The younger one is a cloudy golden with much more weaker-airy head than the older one has. The older one is more attractive with lively, effervescent look and huge white, cottony froth. The 2007 ones definitely better in head lacing and retention. While the older vintage is a lot more closer to deep copper but doesnt seems to hazy or muddy.
Aroma: The 2009 is a lot more intense in the citrusy hop profile with invinting brett-yeasty tartness. The older sample is more mellow on the dry-hoppy profile, but theres some really nice molded-cheesy yeasty profile with moderate tartness and slight lactic hint, maybe lactobacillus(?).
Flavor: The younger is insanely effervescent - even after 20 minutes of air-conditioning. Barnyardy, earthy bretty notes instantly. Then follows a serious dry hoppy peppery-citrusy tartness. Dry, quenching finish. The older one shows more depth in the bretty, tart, moldy character, but some dry hoppy resins also detectable.
Moutfeel/Palate: Not surprisingly, the younger one is lot more refresing with lively citrusy hop oils, resins, fizzy carbonation and medium body. The 3 year old vintage is a somewhat stickier bodied with smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: First of all: ORVAL is a word-classic beer with no manner of doubt. This a hop-oriented quenching, fizzy, easy-bodied ale, and doesnt age as well as youd expect. There is no huge malty, sweet backbone, but the wild-yeast strains could do a very amazing job during the bottle-fermentation.

--> 2007 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall 8/10 4/5 8/10 4/5 17/20 ->> 3.8

--> 2009 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall 9/10 5/5 9/10 4/5 18/20 ->> 4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onesimus (75) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2017
Big! Huge!! Enormous!!! Gently rolling the beer into the glass this hazy dark amber liquid developed a cocky three finger off white head. The lacing lovingly caressed the glass as the lingering head relaxed very slowly and downsized to a long lasting sudsy layer. The aromas are huge filling the room then flowing into the back room and kitchen the air heavy with its sweet and fruity fragrance - apple, banana, Asti Spumante and a little yeast to mention a few. In the mouth it's lush and luxurious with a laid-back effervescence that percolates around the mouth. The flavour is surprisingly and sublimely dry. Not overly bitter but satisfyingly light and crisp balanced by the background fruitiness like a mellow merlot. I say it's surprising because from the aromas I expected the sweeter aspects to dominate. My one complaint is the brevity of the flavour hit needing longer legs to carry the character to an indulgent conclusion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LouisP (439) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Une bire brune, voile, avec une grosse carbonatation. Au nez, le ct sucre de la levure belge est mis lvidence avec une brett qui est un elle aussi bien prsente. En bouche, on remarque tout de suite la brett qui est la marque de commerce de la Orval, plac avec un ct plus caramel, plus malt, que lon associe aux bires belges. En termes de saveurs, a part la brett, la ralit est que cest un peu mince. Plutt effervescente, la bire mriterait peut-tre un peu plus de malt pour y donner un corps plus rond.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
explosivedog (930) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with good head. Pear, liquorice, almonds, lemon juice, earthy, white balsamic, cloves, cinnamon, some pepper, cherry, raspberry, and oh my God, that heavenly long sweet marzipan finish. Its fruity but dry, earthy but light, bitter yet the finish so sweet, complex but not even a little overpowering. This beer really should be described in a haiku, rather than this rambling nonsense. Delicate but deep. A flavour rollercoaster. Oh yum, marzipan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MasDen (344) - Mogilev, BELARUS - MAY 17, 2017
Aroma: toffee, apple, sour, hops. Appearance: brown, haze with small head. Taste: banana, caramel, toffee. Palate: medium bodied, medium carbonation, long dry bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vilkans (12) - POLAND - MAY 17, 2017
A trappist beer fit for contemplation as well as daily usage. It pours hazy gold, with a very big head, unfortunately full of very large bubbles that quickly dissolve. Not very appetising. You can feel the wild yeast in the aroma, as well as some hops. Taste consist of malts, yeast flavours that remind me of ripe sweet fruit, and these funky "rural" notes. its a little tart, which makes it very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (524) - - MAY 11, 2017
Aromas of laffy taffy, bananas, white grapes, and crusted bread. Taste is banana, white grapes, crusted bread. As it warms the flavor shifts to a stronger champagne grape, bread, yeast, banana and taffy, and black pepper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ironcontra (127) - POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Still feeling ambivalent abt this one, prolly need a few more tries. Dry take on belgian ale, ridiculous amounts of head, murky dark orange, I like the brett funk thats coming through there, just a bit understated in my opinion, but Imma rube

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Larry_Duffman (517) - - APR 29, 2017
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours a hazy reddish color with a huge, off-white head and lacing. The aroma is yeast, banana, spice, and other fruit. The taste is banana, spice, bread, and berries. The beer was nicely balanced with sweetness and slight hop bitterness. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (473) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - APR 27, 2017
A 330ml bottle, bottled on 3rd February 2016, best before 3rd February 2021, and poured into a Chimay goblet. It was a clear copper colour with an almost two finger white head that had great retention and left nice sticky lacing. Aromas of very fruity berries, grape, apple and pear with hints of coriander and brett. Tastes of a nice gentle fruitiness, berries, grape, bubblegum and plum with a light tartness, light peppery spice, brett, funk and a hint of banana. Dry-ish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice and very well balanced beer, and a must buy beer in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (2559) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
Bottle shared at Dans. Pours pale brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, hops, yeast and fruit. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

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