overall
99
100
style
Brewed by Brasserie dOrval
Style: Belgian Ale
Florenville - Villers-d.-Orval, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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4.2
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2011 Bottle dated as bottled on 10/3/11 so it was bottled 20 days ago! The freshest bottle I have found and I bought it a few days ago at that. Pour has a nice color and an especially thick two finger head that had excellent retention. aroma is very inviting and the layers of hops in this stand out in such a fresh bottle. still has the dustiness and a great yeast spiciness. flavor has such a range on the yeasty side and there is a slight sourness contrasted by mild bitter hops. There is some lemon rind in the fresh hops side and this dries out so well. really a fantastic beer that I will play with a bit more in the future with the aging side. Bumping up the point score a bit as well.

bottle poured a murky brown tan in color with great initial carbonation producing a huge three finger head of white foam. aroma has yeast, nutmeg, cinnamon, grape skin, and some sour. mouth feel is on the lighter side with active carbonation. flavor has a sour yeasty must in a nice way, lighter spice then the nose led on, and finishing on the dry side with yeast spice. very full beer but not thick, dryness is intense, and background hops start to pop out as it warmed up. very well crafted quality brew.

3.7
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours a glowing amber with a dense, lingering head. Aroma of yeast, sweet citrus, a bit of spice. Flavor is on the yeasty sour side with a slight malt backbone (would definitely like some more), with an exceedingly dry, spicy finish. Definitely interesting but I’d have to be in the mood for it.

4.2
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 [bottle 1.24.08] Murky reddish/orange with big bubbles and a nice creamy off-white head. Smells yeasty, sour. Big yeast taste. Lots of spice in the finish, very dry. Fruit undertones. Crazy light body, big bubble carbonation but plays interesting on the tongue. Lots of things happening here, yet not very interesting. Would like some more malt. 8.5.8.4.16 [Ouch.... hehehe need to rerate this ASAP!!! haha off the top of my head I’ll give it 8.5.8.4.18] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [bottled 4.29.09 rated 1.11.10] Pours a mostly clear glowing bright orange with a huge tall foamy slightly off-white brett head. Aroma is delightfully bright and fruity, wonderfully bretty, clean and wonderful, spicy hops. Flavor follows exactly, quite dry, very spicy, lots of brett with minimal metallic notes, seemingly woody, finishing with a touch of bright fruit, can’t wait to do the R&D side by side. Medium bodied, a bit watery, larger carbonation with a light crispness. Finishes dry with a bit of alcohol. Classic. 8.5.8.4.17

3.8
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle - pours a hazy orange with a light skim of foam and ample carbonation. Aroma of fresh cut crisp apples and pears with a light hoppy aroma. Flavor of pears & grape skins, peppery with spicy clove-yeast notes and a light sour tang. As the beer warms slightly, the hops come out in the finish. Very dry with a med light palate, spritzy carbonation and dry finish.

2.8
SirPip (17) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2008
The only Belgian ale I have disapointed in. It really left me expecting quite a bit more.

4
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
A dirty, hazy orange beer with a large frothy off-white head and lots of yeast sediment. Aroma is very fruity, citrus, apples, pears, and a bit of hops at the end. Soft mouthfeel but lots of carbonation. Flavor is very dry, some hop bitterness and spice and a bit sour. Dry finish.

3.4
ribond (2) - USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
Smells of citrus and the color matches to that; a sort of amber orange in the glass. Flavor is medium sour & bitter, Texture is thin and creamy. Finish lingers and tingles bitter. This might be something I come back to... but there are others I like better. Bottle lists 6.9% abv

3.5
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
I liked the dry finishing hop bitterness but overall a little yeasty and sour for me

3.6
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Aroma and and appearance were excellent. However, the beer ended up being too dry and carbonated for my taste. A very unique beer though and I can see it being the favorite for some. I promise to give it another shot and maybe re-rate it as I get a more experienced palate.

3.6
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Pours a hazy (yeasty) amber with a thick, white head. Good lacing. Aroma is vinous, with some sweet notes and a hint of sourness. Subtle citrus and floral aroma present as well. Nice flavor but a little fizzy and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, very good but not my favorite Belgian.


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