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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: 4461   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Rating Number 300.

Bottled 11/06. Pours a clear golden brown with thick creamy off white head and a crazy fizz column coming up the middle of the glass. Aroma hit me first with a sourness that instantly made my mouth start watering, upon further inspection Im getting a woodiness type bitter fragrance and something unidentifiable that must be what is known as "horse blanket" (no idea what horseblanket smells like). Smooth, with super light and active carbonation. This stuff makes my mouth feel strange and has an astringent quality to it. Flavors man, there is stuff in here I cant even put my finger on. There is a distinct ginger ale taste here though. Im also getting a little perfumy sopressata type flavor. Also, some vanilla, wood, malt, citrus, and vinegar. Moderately to highly bitter throuhout and quite tart middle to end. Finish has good floral spicy hoppiness lingering as well as tart citrusy zing. There are things Im missing, Ill get them next time I guess. This is the strangest beer Ive put to paper so far. Glad I waited until 300 to rate it, its just so different and complex my rating system is befuddled. Giving high marks for now, be back again for the next Orval.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
9/19/07 From the bottle. Aroma is sweet/sour malt forward with some odd Thai seasoning notes like ginger, followed by light roast grains and very light alcohol. Appearance is gold with a good off-white head. Flavor is sweet, watery, sour, with a light astringency and light earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium/low bodied with a slightly resiny, dry finish. Overall, not too exciting but has some pretty interesting and complex flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle aged for nearly 15 months. I wasnt immediately taken with Orval, but its become a real sleeper to me over time. Its interesting, as it has some of the extremely dry characteristics of certain singels, with a bitter finish and an extremely lively body. But the aroma and the depth of the flavors distinguish it, with some sour apple, anise, and flower petal notes in there. Nice warming finish too, despite the relatively low ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (2054) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 A hazy orange beer with a dense, ample-sized head that slowly disperses. It has a sweet orange aroma with a soupcon of perfume intertwined. The flavour alludes to a malty taste but I find it predominantly bitter, with the hops lasting long on the palate giving a dry finish. This, my first trappist beer, was an interesting, if not altogether extraordinary, experience.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Bottle. Pours a lovely reddish-orange color with a lacy off-white head. Aroma is floral hops and slight malt and spice notes as well. Taste is the same, with a nice mix of flavors such as apple, dark fruit, vanilla, and lemon coming to the fore as you drink it. Alcohol not noticeable, though I was surprised to see the alcohol content is so low. Not the best of the Trappist ales, but a very nice beer in its own right.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutfellow2 (20) - Peterborough, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle : I remember this from the eraly nineties as a truly special beer. This years interpretation is a (still hefty) shadow of the former greatness. Hoppy, bitter orange flavours but muddied by a persistant yeasty tang.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Very aromatic malty floral aroma. (I am noting this before how it looks because it is so aromatic that I could smell it before I was done pouring.) Pours a cloudy copper with no head. Fairly sweet up front with a slight bit of acidity/sourness. Very strong hop bitterness finish that fades in a decent amount of time.. This is an amazing beer that really plays to all of your senses and hits every kind of flavor except salty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2007
A wonderful, murky amber color with a large white head. It is quite dry for a beer with a crisp, clean finish. Very good, but not worth the money IMO.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3/3/05 330ml. A great beer. Amber with large beige head . Citrussy hoppy aroma with sour tart taste with corresponding bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Bottled 4/4/2006. Darkish apple cider in color w/ a small solid bubbly head and little to no lacing. Aroma and taste were not just complex, but so defined they took me to another place altogether. Ill try this the best I can: Nose was fermented apples in an old stone out-building, its raining outside. Taste was bitter barnyard grass and apples. Wow. Love this beer.


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