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


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RATINGS: 4386   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sthlm (1285) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 [Bottle] Pours very cloudy amber with an absolutely massive white head consisting of large bubbles. Aroma is cloves and citrus. Taste was spicy with a lingering bitter finish. It wasnt all that flavorful though. This beer looked great and smelled pretty good, but I was really, really disappointed with the taste. Original Rating: 7/4/5/2/9=2.7
Re-Rate: Bottled on 04/04/06, drank on 02/22/08. The aroma is better (sour, a little funky, some apple) and the taste is overall better too (not just a bitter, spice bomb). I still thought the taste was really lacking, but it definitely was an improvement from the first bottle. New Score: 8/5/6/3/13=3.5. I will average the scores.

Old Rating: 7/5/6/2/11=3.1. Re-rate: [Bottle, 26 months old] Pours hazy orange with a big, rocky, off-white head. Aroma explodes out of the glass with a huge amount of pineapple, some banana-like esters, brett--some light leather and funk does show through as it warms, and the pineapple gives way to more of a very subdued apple character after awhile. Taste is bretty, with tropical fruit, before giving way to minerally and yeasty notes, with a solid malt backbone underlying it all, decent bitterness, and faint smokiness towards the end. Medium mouthfeel, dry, long finish. Alright, well I can at least see what all the raving is about now, even if it still isnt my absolute favorite. I would have given it a 9/5/8/4/17=4.3, but as I have been doing, I will knock it down for inconsistency, but still it gets a 3.9. Very interesting, and I will buy it again.

Old rating: 8/5/7/4/15 = 3.9. I have had a few bottles since my last rating in 09, and all of them have been great. The bottle I am drinking now is from late 11, so it has a little over a year on it. Wonderful interplay of fruit and mineral character, with the malt coming through just enough towards the end. Dry, mildly acidic, good mouthfeel. All around a solid beer which I do not tire of. My only complaint is that it is fairly expensive.

Another bottle from late 11 (~15 months old), and this one is probably the best bottle Ive ever had. Bumping up yet another tenth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle 330ml (Bottled on 19/02/07). So whats with the carbonation gig? Completely over the top in fizziness. Pours an orangey amber with a large tan head. I got a sweetish, musty, fruity smell on opening. The flavours are not particularly malty or hoppy, but I did get that fresh mown grass aftertaste. The carbonation destroyed the effect on the palate. Either Ive missed the point or this is a much over rated beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Orange color with thick nice head. Very rich aroma with fruits, parfume, malt, leather, pineapple and lemony hops. Dry hoppiness, firm bitterness and fruitiness in the flavor with good biscuity malt backbone. Dry, fizzy and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2007
golden appearance. flavor is very dry which to me distracts from any aftertaste complexities. a good beer but not lights out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
A good beer. Note of wheat, banana, licorice, orange peel, and sweet and bitter hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Murky clouds of yellow-gold amber with 3 cm of fluffy white head. Fragrant floral boquet hits the nose with notes of wheat and sour yeast. Tastes include nutty wheat, rose, moderate hops, and small notes of friendly sour bacterium. Decent carbonation. Pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NCsparkster (12) - High Point, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Cloudy copper with lots of foam that sticks around for a while. This one actually smelled like flowers to me. There was also a touch of fresh grass in the nose, as well. The taste was of a sort of floral nectar and grass with the slightly-overshadowing flavor of spicy hops. Overall, this fits into a rather large category of beers with moderate amounts of pleasant flavors that I would drink simply to relax. Its no tripel, quadrupel, imperial stout, or barley wine, but I appreciate it for what it is (and for what the bigger beers cant be).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigcat03 (291) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Brewed on 29/08/2006. Poured this one into a trappist glass at 62 F which is a little warmer than I normally do trappist ales. Pours dark orange amber with a huge 3 finger off white head and lots of visible carbonation. Red wine, grapes, powdered sugar, caramel malt, and fresh linen to the nose. Bread, wine, cherry wood, dried fruits, grapes, and alcohol initially. Woody, wine, and bread to finish. Nice medium palate with gentle carbonation. This one has the basics but nothing really special. Ive had better trappist brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daniele (8433) - ITALY - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 colore arancione schima persistente ed abbondante profumo netto di albicocca corpo medio retrogusto decisamente secco ed amaro piacevole birra in costante evoluzione cambia ogni anno di invecchiamento strepitosa quando scaduta

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2007
033 bottle. Slightly disappointed. Very much yeast in the aroma, also in the first sips, but after a while it opened up and there where lots of fruits and even some strawberry in there. Not my favourite of the trappists.

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