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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 4486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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%

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3.6
NORSAND (103) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2017
(3 months old, bottled 03.02.2017) Lovely copper towards light bronze colour. Big, white head. Duft: Perfumed fruitiness, lemon, soapy, lavender. Funky notes of leather, old hay barn and dried hay. Pine tree hoppiness. With air the funk and the pine tree hoppiness become more pronounced and rather dominant. Very rich carbonation, quite soft, medium juiciness, fruity, funky, medium bitterness, between dry and slightly off-dry. Medium long, hoppy aftertaste. Interesting beer, different, developing in the glass.

3.6
vbaudry (139) - - JUN 9, 2017
Shy nose of a light belgian ale, yeast, sugar and malt. Medium body. Sharp attack with a yeasty twist, can’t put a name on it. Finish is dry and very green. Aromas are quite complex and not easy to name for me. Overall very nicely done and interesting, a bit shy/uneasy to my taste, complimented very nicely the strong maroiles we were having.

3.9
ZuidDrenthe (12) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2017
Really was something else than I expected from a trappist. When you tasted beers like La Trappe, Westmalle or Spencer, this beer comes in hard. You can describe it as a kind of crossbreed between a Palm and a English ale. Though, it is very well balanced and has nice bitter fruity spicy notes. Pretty dry beer. Although it’s not my type of beer, it is actually good.

3.6
ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017
DOB: 9/11/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 26A Trappist Single)

AROMA: Light clean fruity scent, especially green/white fruits and slight citrus notes. Brett character is evident; imparts minor farmhouse funk as a background note. Spicy/floral hops. Low grainy-sweet malt base. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty orange/brown. Extremely cloudy body. Billowy off-white foam with Belgian lace. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly malty up front. Notes of honey and perhaps caramel or biscuit, but not especially sweet. Palette is quite dry overall from the Brett secondary which gives is a tartness. Some green/white fruit flavors with some peppery/floral hop flavor and accompanying bitterness. Esters are present, but tame. A lot of flavors happening here, but they’re rather tame overall (could be due to the age of the bottle) 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with high carbonation. Constantly crisp with some tartness that lingers momentarily, otherwise a clean finish. Feels much lighter and more sessionable than 6.9% ABV. No alcohol warmth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting and tasty brew and one that is difficult to peg to a style. Fun to drink. I’d love to try it fresh sometime. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

2.7
camillegege (9) - Cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 5, 2017 does not count
I found it Slightly bitter. Love the strong taste of yeast and a bit of caramel.

3.9
Zilverenmaan (174) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
4/6/17: bottled 21/9/16. Aroma very funky, sharp. Taste rather thin, dominant carbonation, dryhopped aftertaste faint but complex and pleasant: floral, spicy, nice lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel dry. 8-4-8-4-15=3.9

3.7
murran (638) - - JUN 4, 2017
Pours an amber body with a thick head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is a little creamy with a well balanced mix of malty and hoppy tones.

4
geolgau (212) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle, 5 months old. Hazy amber and a big white head. Profile is nice and complex: sour fruits, sour dough, bitter herbs, white wine/grapes, funky tart, floral hops. Nice, medium body with a medium carbonation. Some bitter medicinal plants in the dry, bitter finish. Light, funky, easy to drink. Very nice.

4.3
razvanash (10) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2017
Pours light see-through brown, slightly bitter taste with hints of caramel, yeast, malt. Suitable for daily basis drinking.

3.5
Onesimus (82) - 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.


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