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

bottled
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RATINGS: 4484   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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3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
33 cl bottle 6.9% abv from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge off white head. Thick lacing. Aroma is banana, bubble gum, and light spice. Flavor is esters with some hop bitterness. Palate is slightly tart and dry. Light body. Would like to try a bottle with a few years of age on it. A good beer.

4.5
PintPilgrim (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
deep hazy gold with a full frothy head which is slow to disapate. strong floral aroma. sweet fruit taste with a number of earthy tones. excellent lacing and nice hop finish. Love this beer. a personal favourite.

3.7
djd07 (14519) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange copper color with a large frothy off white head. The aroma is a sweet fruit and floral notes. Very good lacing on this one. The taste is very dry with sweet hops, a very well done belgian ale.

3.3
goldbrew (99) - USA - SEP 29, 2007
Poured from bottle into Trappist glass. Apple cider aroma and appearance no doubt. Very large but wispy light head with heavy lacing. Right at 55F the malt flavor is subdued. Then a hoppy earthy center and dry hoppy finish with bit of mineral taste. Much drier and seems a touch IPAish than several other Belgian ales I’ve had. As beer warmed the malt became stickier and sweeter and separated from the hops less effectively but the finish remained quite dry, in contrast to other ales and strong ales that seemed to mesh more tightly with a bit of warmth. Still a good and different selection overall. Pairing with food and dessert, it’s a more effective beer with a piece of apple pie than Nostradamus (which is also good but wow it’s extremely sweet!)

3.3
theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Fruity and alcoholic aroma. Some apple-cider also in the nose. Slightly sour smelling as well. Bright golden orange with a huge pillowy head. Head lasts for a long time with good lacing. Very bitter, not much malt or richness at all. Some roast in the finish, but the flavor is dominated by the hops. Very bubbly mouthfeel, I like it. Maybe a little too carbinated.

3.9
pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 12 ounce bottle purchased at The Fresh Market Pembroke Pines, FL Excellent.

3.7
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Dark amber color with a thick frothy head. Very fruity aroma mixed with notes of malts. You’d expect more fruits in the flavor because of the aroma. Though it starts of with a slight fruit taste it gets more malty towards the finish and the general taste is actually quite malty and dry at the same time. Still it has a balanced taste, the dry-hopping process gives it a nice twist, I have to admit.

5
Hurracasurf (63) - Montevideo, URUGUAY - SEP 26, 2007
Is the best beer i’ve been drink. I drink this beer in the factory, an old casttle near Builon i Belgium.

3.3
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Yeast and bready nose. Pours a deep amber. Golden head. Some carbionation and a dry bitter taste with some spice and sweetness. An overrated beer.

4.5
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice cloudy orange. Head is big, healthy, off white. Aroma is malty and citrus. Taste is fruity with notes of pear coming through strongyly. Finish is rather dry, crisp and clean. A favourite.


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