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


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RATINGS: 4388   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Giant, giant, giant white head with a cloudy golden color. Aroma of Belgian yeast, hops, apples, and citrus. Flavor was dry and sour and absolutely delicious. Finish was dry and perfect. The yeast in this was absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2007
This was a great beer that I enjoyed while I was in Belgium. Although I do enjoy the Trappist beers, I didnt enjoy this one as much as the Westmalle. The taste was just a little too sour for me. But this is in comparison to the Westmalle Dubbel which I had immediately before this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2007
Orange l med stort hvidt skum. Duft af sbe og tunge frugter. Kan irkelidt grim i dufen. Smagen er tung humlet. Meget tr eftersmag. En super l.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Pours cloudy, light yellow. Aroma is sour and yeasty. Flavor has lightly tart with some flavors of apple, peach, and grape. Moderate flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2007
tried this one tonite and it just wasnt what i want out of a beer. it did however get better as i drank it but it just wasnt right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kinghellsfire (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2007
It looks alright but once you start to taste it you will find hints of orange peel which ofr me is not what i want to my beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2724) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Aroma is a bit funky, woody, and somewhat of light colored fruit. Pours a yellow ish orange color with a large pillowly head. At first the bubbles are slow rising to the top almost like a reverse snowfall and then they begin to move quickly like soda. Must be the brett. Hops are present but in moderation. The malt is very pale and seems to play second fiddle to the yeast. Tastes a bit like Granny smith apples with some barnyard notes such as horse blanket. Not my favorite but the beer is well balanced and well crafted, however the taste is too mild for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4510) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2007
Orange-golden colour, big foamy head. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Flavours of citrus as well, a bit of orange and some spices. Balanced beer, long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (8189) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Bottled November 2005. Marmalade coloured with a huge, billowing white head. Aroma of bitter oranges, herby hops with a whiff of brett. Flavour started of citrus hops before a slightly acidic finish. Highly distinctive and really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Seahandler (11) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Stone Sour Ale Fest (bottle). In the past when Ive had this beer, it was always a little old. The Brett was allowed to create the horsey aromas and flavors. Prickly carbonation and when decanted, bright and clear. Still great and I never hesitate buying a bottle. Heres the irony. The Sour Fest was the first time I had a fresh Orval that was the least funky that I had ever tried. Hoppy, lemon aroma with no wet blanket. Taste was bright and again hoppy. Hops were spicey. I know the Brewer likes this beer fresh and I finally know why.

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