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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: 4463   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Great bottle...contains a cloudy amber-blonde, with ample head. First sip is tangy, then a supreme bitterness fills the mouth, with hints of citrus rind. Reminds me a little of Westmalle. A good one to try but extremely bitter!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (7848) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle from early 2006. Poured a deep dark cloudy amber color, huge white head when poured without care. Sweet aroma, and very smooth flavor. This beer was probably one of the most smooth beers I have ever had. Spice, caramel, with orange and a touch of yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2009 Bottled, I think there may have been something wrong with this bottle. I like almost every other Belgian Ive had, and this one was by far the worst. Malty, mediciny nose, with a mineral taste. Ill try it again in a few months, but this one was bad. RERATE: I have seen the light! After over a year of having this, and really not liking it, I open one and the complex, rich nose fills the glass with some brett like funk and cherry fruit sweet tartness. A huge tan head develops and lingers in the glass like merang. The flavor is tart and sweet, with a finish that is almost as if it were barrel aged. I think I shall buy more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2007
Hazy orange of color with a beige head. An aroma of orange, earth and spice. A flavor of spice, orange and yeast.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2007
330. Pours deep cloudy amber with an unmanageably large bubbly white head. Plenty of lace. Nose is way too sweet for me, lots of hay and grass and caramel and candi sugar thrown together. Nice firm medium body with tingly carb, plenty of different flavors happening: hay, grass, lemon, caramel, and probably a ton of others I am missing. Nice soft herbal hop character. Lovely stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle: what a great beer, amazing aroma, hops, tangerine, spicy, barnyard, yeasty, very saductive, medium bodied, acidic, the flavor is very rich and bone dry with some sour lambic like notes, fruit(apples), spicy, yeasty, cirtus fruits peels, dry chalky and long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7164) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2007
11.2 oz Bottle Pours out a clear bubble amber topped with a off white head. Great aroma of spice and a little hop. More spice on the tast. I was looking for a little better Belgain.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2007
really good spicy hoppy and yet smooth. drank on the road from bottle. so need another one from a glass ill rerate once i do that for now a very unique and tasty brew!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Another Trappist classic, they should put this in soda dispensers at the movies just so people like me could have a decent brew that wont get you too tanked while you are there. It pours a hazy golden orange color with a light foamy head, plenty of yeast on the nose with a hint of citrus, light body, light citrus flavor with a nice bitter bite that continues through the finish. Seems to be the one great beer that doesnt get consistant reviews from anybody but I really like it, this may be the only beer I ever give a 5 to. Rerate-08/24/2012: Yep, its still on top.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 This beer is an original. I can get it locally and every couple of weeks I plunk down my $4 and change to buy one. Its worth it because theres nothing else quite like it.


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