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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4462   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2007
11.2 oz bottle-An ornagish golden body with a medium size loose head that dissipated into nothing. Aroma of floral, yeast, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a dryness coming in on the back end along with other flavors. Nice tasting brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2007
The orange golden ale poured into a puffy cloud of a head. The yeasty aroma was a standout with a mildness of hops. The first taste reminded me of a wit bier, but it had a great many other tastes that were coming and going. This was a great one that doesnt come in kegs.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
I think I must have had a bad bottle of this because I found it very boring all around. It wasnt horrible, but from a 98% rating, I guess I was expecting something great. Ill take a Rochefort or Chimay over this any day. Maybe I need to try another bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 8, 2007
From a 4-pack of bottles dated 17/072007 & 17/07/2012 and labeled 6.2%. Pours a dense dark gold color with fine bubbles generating a big-bubble tan head. Estery, vinous-like aroma. Light bodied, mild but complex flavors create easy-drinking experience, with alcohol hints into the finish. Maltiness is very subdued. Very impressive.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Dont think I ever had another beer thats anything like Orval. Pours a beautiful deep amber with a giant head. Theres spices and a hoppiness with a wonderful dry finish. Still an all time favourite.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
pours a misty soft amber with a huge lacy head. very aromatic indeed... hoppy and a bit fruity. flavor is sour to dry with hints of fruity sweetness. very bubbly. interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
capretta (10) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2007
not much to add to previous posters only that i have had a great variability in quality of this beer. if you have tried it and been disappointed i only suggest that you try another batch from another bottlo.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Absolutely delicious. From the massive head to the last gorgeous, golden, cloudy sip an absolute delight. Aroma starts off flowery and slightly of orange. The first sip was a wash of carbonation and hops that transformed into a clean and refreshingly citrusy finish. Dry but not oily.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
golubeer (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Almost perfect beer. Pours a great orangey copper with thick frothy head. Amazing craftsmanship. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
33 cl bottle 6.9% abv from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge off white head. Thick lacing. Aroma is banana, bubble gum, and light spice. Flavor is esters with some hop bitterness. Palate is slightly tart and dry. Light body. Would like to try a bottle with a few years of age on it. A good beer.


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