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


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RATINGS: 4414   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beervis (243) - Taylors Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Not cheap, but I had to try this one. Cool art nouveau bottle. Cloudy red-gold pour bursting out of the bottle, huge foamy beige head. Aroma sweet and acetic. Dry and fruity. Quite light mouthfeel, drinkable, cant really see the hop character, perhaps I got an oxidised bottle but I cant see the reason for such a high rating. I guess my rating would class as a miss. Re-rate - Still strikes me as a little vinegary, though more subtle flavours this time around. nice soft mouthfeel, lingering delicate fruit flavours on finish. dry and intensely bitter, but none the worse for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glazed9884 (207) - USA - JUL 1, 2007
xxx not my favorite, but still really good, cool looking bottle too, great taste, but not something i would always look for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2007
On tap in Brugge, Belgium. Medium dark body with a substantial head and good lacing. Spicy notes with a long lasting palate. Good carbonation with a lasting head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Darker amber with a huge head. Malt and yeast dominate the aroma with some clove, spice, and funk. Soapy malt, peppery hops, spice, fruit, and earthy tastes. Dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5908) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
11.2 oz bottle shared with willblake. Poured an orangey/amber with a head that was so large we actually drank another beer waiting for the head to receed. Aroma was funkier then Rick James on acid in a 70s night club. Palate was dry and a little thinner then what I was expecting. Flavor was not quite as bold as the original aroma but I dont think many beers could have a flavor to stand up to the sour funkiness. This beer was very nice but Im scared to try it again with all the hit or miss reviews of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
330 mL bottle. Hazy golden amber. with a foamy white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, and floral hops. An unusually bright and slick palate. Tastes of honey suckle with a deep floral hoppiness and a bone dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2007
At first then the bottle was opened there was a perfect sound. The carbonation was just perfect, but again its a trappist! The head is great and stays for a long time, the flavor is first bitter from the hops, but there is also a tint of alcohol and then there is a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8148) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2007
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 21 June 2007) Amber colour, slightly hazy, with huge, white head. Fruity, spicy nose with strained notes of dark fruit and spices (clove). Spicy, fruity taste with notes of clove, yeast and citrussy, earthy hops in the finish. Rather dry and slightly acidic. Nice and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (15129) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 Rating is best of all tastings.
330ml bottle (Bon Vivant, Riga)
Light cloudy brown - way darker than the previous one. Soft musky aroma. Crisp in the mouth. Again musky, and a slightly cheesy funk in the mouth. Crisp hops too. Really tasty, vastly better than before.
Rerate of 5-3-6-3-12=2.9
Bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Pours opaque orange, with a lively creamy head. Slightly sour aroma - pleasantly like lambic, maybe a little pissy (as in urine, not as in weak). Taste is peppery, fruity, soapy and perfumed, and, like the aroma, is a bit too much like crotch. Sour bitter aftertaste. Disappointed - its pleasant, but not brilliant.
Rerate: Alvar, Turku, 2008-12-27, bottled 2008-08-19
Beautifully crisp sour aroma - peaches and mandarin zest. Rich orange, tiny head. Magnificently crisp hops. A revelation. Wow. Im now a complete Orval convert!
Rerate: Bon Vivant, Riga, 2010-09-03. Takeout. Great to swig whilst wandereing around an almost deserted part of town looking for your hotel after the locals give diametrically opposing directions.
Rerate: Drink Baar, Tallinn, 2010-09-19. (7-5-8-5-16=4.1)
Possibly the best ever. Aroma not as brilliant as it has been, dropped from 8 to 7, but the tight head stayed in the glass the whole way down, and I think I took over an hour drinking this, so bumping the look to 5. Retronasals amazingly fruity, lots of peach and apricot. Funk pretty moderate. Hops quite potent, real bitter kick. Glorious. Finish so so fruity, and with more bitter hops too - almost perfection, so bumping the palate to 5. Every single sip was lovely. Bumping overall to 16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3124) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Sometimes it?s good, sometimes it?s bad. Orval is always a bit of an adventure. When it?s on it?s good, when it?s not it?s crap. Rerate a fresh one 5 years later. This was a good one. Love the Brett funk

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