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

bottled
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RATINGS: 4483   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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4.4
JdKrone (15) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Where Do I begin? Of the 6 trappist beers I had, this one was my favorite. It may be the furthest thing from the traditional Trappist, however it is a gem. It pours a cloudy orange/reddish tinted color with a nice white head. the aroma is one to be compared to a cocktail of wonderful scents. Lemons, citrus, cinnamon, melons, bananas, and BEER. The taste was light and crisp and hoppy. It was quite carbonated and refreshing. Had a great finish and nice light lingering bitter aftertaste. It was truly ideal. Great beer, I had my few for free, Thanks Rob!, but well worth whatever the costs are in a store!

3.9
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2007
0.33 L bottled on 01/31/06. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a thick white head with massive carbonation. Heavy aromas of yeast, cinnamon and a hint of lemon. Flavor is of wheat, yeast and spices with a bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated. Great beer and a great purchase as well!

4
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
this has been somewhat of a mystery beer for me. I guess I wasn’t willing to pay $6 to try it. Well, found it for $3 and had to try it. Poured orange into my glass. Nice white head. Smell was big and enticing, promising something nice. Had to switch my glass on first taste, realizing the almost champagne like carbonation. Taste was orange, spice, wheat, dough, as well as a little funk. Very nicely balanced. I will have to revisit this.

3.9
ohad (16) - ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2007
orange-light red color with a nice head, though large bobbled. gushed out of the bottle and mine has a bit of yeasty floaties in it. very nice and strong orange and flower aroma, with a bit of caramel and allspice. flavor is a very apparent bitterness from start to finish, yet not exceptionally strong. sweet, spicy and sour. nice complexity. there is a flavor of over-ripe oranges. full body and a bit creamy. lively carbonation.

3.7
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Poured dark gold with good size off white head. Aroma of fruit and hops. Good balance of hops and malt with some fruit hints.

4.3
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 tasting from the bottle at the Decatur Beer Festival on 10/16/10. deep golden pour with a 1-2 finger white head. light brett with citrus notes across the nose. medium funky / brett body with citrus notes. dry brett finish.

bottle. very different trappist beer. pours a deep golden with a thick belgian head. aromas of yeast and citrus. refreshing, and very drinkable for a belgian. not your typical strong belgian ale. very nice.

4.2
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a beautiful, dense, frothy, lasting, ivory head. Picture perfect in a Trappist glass. On the nose is a nice sour brett with a solid citric backing and just the faintest note of candy sugar; not as complex as I’d anticipated but quite nice. Light-bodied with soft carbonation and a lightly sour and dry finish. The flavor is a bright yeasty citrus with tongue-squeezing sourness at a mildly dry finish. A very satisfying and tasty brew.

3.8
heavy (2817) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 27/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. Since I first tried Leffe blond, I fell in love with Belgian ales generally so came with big expectations to this reputable one as well! Its beautiful bottle poured murky golden to amber body with quite big ivory creamy head that went away at medium pace. Nice fruity aroma of banana with citrus hops... typical Belgian ale things. Flavor is quite light and watery, but with lot of subtle flavors in there, starting from apples, peaches to some dark fruits. Finish is short, very simple and although rounding this nice beer, really leaves you disappointed. I had much better Belgian ales for sure.It was really fresh, maybe allowing it to re-ferment in bottle for more time would be a viable option here.

4.2
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Dark orange pour with the standard ridiculously thick trappist head. The aroma is of honey, yeast, malt, pear and banana. Very exquisite. The yeast is very noticeable with every sip along with light fruits, pear, peach, banana, etc. Orval makes the interesting Trappist brew.

4.4
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Bottle says it was bottled 3/24/07. 6.9% abv. Smells of pear, spices, yeast. Pours rusty cloudy orange and has tons of bubbles and looks incredibly lively in the glass. Flavor is tart with some alcohol followed by an amazing fruity finish. Tons of flavors in there. Acidity is present. Refreshing wheaty character is there. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I’m not disappointed.


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