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


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RATINGS: 4418   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcBosmans (8) - Wetteren, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2017 does not count
This beer is almost a beer type on its own.It is light brown beer, with a fresh malty taste. It has like a slightly salted taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael_bb (85) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2017
033l bottle and I want to think I got a bad batch. First I had a little accident when I opened the bottle, it looks as if I had just opened champagne despite not having shacken it too much. The abv is definitely more than 6.2%, you can sense it in the smell and also the taste. Other aromas contain some pinapple, banana, and caramel. Not too strong but smells ok, baybe a bit too boozy. Then, even though it should have lost most of the gas, it was waaaay too carbonated, not very pleasant. The finish was kind of weak too, at least the texture was alright. Bonus points for its relatively low price and accessibility, but I didnt enjoy it too much. Will try to re-rate soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
midovark (703) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JAN 30, 2017
Bottled, 6.2% ABV. Pours hazy orangeish colour with long lasting white head. It has several characteristics woven together in its aroma and taste: hops, floral and citrusy notes, slight cinnamon and sweet alcohol, all of them well combined. Medium bodied yet easily drinakble, lively carbonated and refreshing. Leaves dry, bitter finish on the palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TedE (1151) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2017
330ml bottle into tulip. Very active out of the bottle, every small pour creates an enormous funnel of foam. Eventually the glass reveals a golden caramel coloured beer with a frothy white head and a million tiny bubbles. Fruity sour nose, notes of pepper and malt and sultanas. Body is light, texture is smooth with a little zing. Finish is dry with dark fruit and a little smoky malt. Late on alcohol becomes prominent. Goes well with cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acaro (21) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 27, 2017
Tried in a tasting and I wouldnt say it is a bad beer at all, but it was the weakest of the ones we tried. Aroma: forest notes (pine neddle), sweet expectations Appearance: nice dirt brown ambar colour. Taste and palate: Sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Toasted feelings in the tongue. It has a bitter full flavour that remains for a while. Overall: Not a bad beer but I was expecting much more from a trappist brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmaneser (136) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2017
33 cl bottle @ home. Brown amber colour, big beige head. Floral aroma, some sweet honey, and malty notes. Medium bitter taste with a sour touch. Good trappist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesper86 (88) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2017 Orval is a unique beer, with a recognisable style of its own. That fish on the label fits very well: this beet reminds me of the sea a lot. From the very sea-like heavy foam head to the bitter hoppiness like a windy day by the sea. Smell is always a little peculiar, with a tiny hint of urine. Not my favourite part of the beer. I don?t usually like bitterness, but Orval does it nicely. Floral notes, hay, hoppiness. Quite complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Neurook (10) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2017
Floral citrusy hop aroma, with leather and sweaty notes in the background. Light hint of caramel and toasty malts. Clear and sparkling pale amber. Frothy off-white head. Bitter and refreshing flavor. Hint of malt sweetness. Tart. Light to medium body, but bolstered by fizzy carbonation. Slick texture with a bone-dry finish. An incredibly complex classic. So refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dropi6 (159) - POLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Pours golden, hazy, nice foam. Fruity, yeast, dry, sour. Drunk rather fresh, shoud be matured more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bitek (585) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 22, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2017 Fenole, belgijska owocowość, trochę nut funky. Zdecydowanie wytrawne, rwnież nieco cierpkie. Pełnia średnia do niskiej, średnia goryczka, bardzo wysokie, musujące wysycenie. Nie trafia to do końca w mj gust, ale oglnie jest ok.

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