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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4486   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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Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
BB 21/11/2011. Foamy white head with lots of carbonation. Slightly opaque with a dark copper colour. Spicy, citrus aroma with a musky edge. Palate has burnt orange as first impression followed by a long, somewhat balanced dry, spicy finish.

ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle from 2005. Cloudy and orange on the pour with big fluufy head and moderate lacing. Creamy texture, nicely carbonated with flavors of oak, vanilla, citrus, coriander, and hops. this beer was extremely dry all over. well done, cant believe I hadnt rated this yet.

nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Bottle. Hazy orange pour with a sturdy, frothy head on top. Aroma of light vinous fruits, subtle yet bright floral notes, light musty pale malt, a bit of earth as well. Flavors of light oak, citrus rind/zest, floral notes, and dry malts. Medium light body with a powerful carbonation, bitter/dry in the front giving way to soft fruity sweetness until it reaches a floral/bitter/dry finish. Terrific complexity.

mdachi (35) - Paderborn, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2007
33 cl bottle. Aroma: A lot of different hops, sometimes like fresh tobacco. Appearance: amber and cloudy, with an at first massive white head, which disappears in the original glassware relatively fast. Flavor and Palate: Overall a very bitter beer. So much concentrated hops, that I am not able to differ some special tastes, maybe orange marmalade ?. Good balanced sweetness and very good carbonated. The texture is creamy. A nice and not that heavy trappist.

Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Has a beautiful thick head that resonates a hoppy sweetness. Has a nice caramel color with hints of amber. A very strong lacing. Tastes hoppy, but without strong aftertaste. A new taste for me. Can’t figure out quite what it is. My first thought was hints of raisan. Has a nice frothy feeling to it, with fruity undertones of lemon and orange.

Bontus (800) - Flanders, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Bottle 33cl. Pours an amberish copperish beer with a mostly diminishing head which has the shape of a snowy mountain. The foam on this beer is incredible. It’s shiny and perfumed, like a dusty attic and it’s bitter like poison. The yeast on the bottom adds an earthy and doughy character. Smell of herbs, spices and lemony grass. A unique dry-hopped perfume. Get your nose into this Orval and sniff its foam as long as it lasts. It has a well carbonated palate, providing a lively mouthfeel. Aromas of lemon honey, spices, bread, dough, grapefruit and certainly orange peel. The use of brett adds a barnyard sour character but not in such a way that dislikers of sour will hate this Orval. Well, for one I don’t. Very light and drinkable, aftertaste is bitter and very dry. It lingers for a long time. Flavour is all but sweet in perfect harmony. There doesn’t seem to be an in between with this unique brew, either you like it and wholeheartedly appreciate it, or you move on and forget about it. The second group please give this beer another chance and keep in mind the low ABV this one comes with. Additional tasting notes on a 4+ year old bottle: Appearance is more clear & less dark. Nose of geuze, unmistakable. More smooth, less hops, less bitter, bit more sour.

NJJereme (387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours a golden/honey color into a very fluffy head. Mixture of carmel and floral flavors.

ecelis (2) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
Bottled 6/07, best before 6/11. Poured wilth lots of head (highly carbonated). Aroma roast malt, hazy brown appearance. Hoppy and lightly sour. Overall a nice Trappist ale but do not know if its worth the price.

mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a nice copper color with a big rocky slightly off white head. Aroma is hoppy, very fruity hops, smells pretty sweet. Flavor is nice, very fruity, nice citrus hops. A fair malt backing, and a smooth finish. Carbonation initially feels pretty high, but dies down after a while. It’s not exactly thick, but it’s certainly not quite watery either.

Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 This beer was so carbonated it hurt the back of my throat. I literally couldn’t swallow it. The flavor is well spiced and dark fruityness, sweet and perhaps a bit tart. There is a good deal of citrus going on. The carbonation just ruined it for me.

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