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


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RATINGS: 4469   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. Has a great amber orange color and a huge fluffy white head. Definitely a lively beer! Most standout about the aroma is the high spiciness - coriander, ginger and cloves yeast all mix together very well. Both dark and lighter fruits also present. Flavor was a disapointment after the aroma though - just too bland it felt like. What happened to the spiciness and fruit? It was just a watery bitter bomb from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2007
Amber in color, faint white head. Aroma is nice and fruity, quite complex... Flavor is a bit hard to grasp, little fruity and yeasty, yet somehow dry. Definitely requires a re-taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerradley (1) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2007 does not count
A strong pop when opening and a fresh effervescent smell when poured. Nicely hopped and not as sweet as most Belgians, which is more to my liking. Nice alcohol warmth sets in after a few sips. One of the coolest bottles of any beer. Heavy thick glass on the bottom and shaped like a duckpin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
2007 bottle in trappist glass. Increadibly frothy pour with a massive and thick head.. Cloudy amber color. Amazing aroma--light spice and moderatly earthy . The taste is distinct, although slightly bitter. Initial drinks were the best tasting. Very smooth palate. Overall, this beer is a good sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csice (2) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2007 does not count
Very good beer. Not a huge beer drinker, so this one didnt upset the senses, not too bitter. It is slightly fruity with quite a bit of yeast flavor. Aroma is the same. A dark amber color with an enormous head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a pillowy white head. Aroma is a wonderfully fruity and floral hoppiness with a tiny bit of yeast to back it up. Flavor is a complex blend of dry malt, fruit, floral, yeast, and maybe a tiny refreshing touch of sour. A tiny vinous bite as well, probably due to the age of the bottle (1yr2mo). One of the few Belgians that I not only love as a single, but also as a session beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Pours a cloudy golden and has a long lasting head; intensity aromatic hoppiness with a clean effervescent aftertaste that is remarkable. Very unique and probably not for everybody, I can see hop-heads not getting enough bite in the back of their throats. Moreover, Chimay drinkers might find that Orval does not have the density or body that Chimay has. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Cool bottle, abv stated as 6.9% and bottled on 8/29/06 so this one is almost a year old. Murky amber/light brown pour with a massive cloudy head and streaks of thick lacing. Aroma is strangely flowery and sour at the same time, thick and powerful. Musty citrus with an assortment of "holiday" spices. Overall scent is a potpourri of wonderful proportions. Bitter on the tongue up front then tart. I found this a little unbalanced due to the intense sharpness, but its still good and very lively. Flavors are more tame than the awesome aroma, still rather complex and tasty though. Flowery malt, funky and slightly sour with a quick acidity. Mild fermented fruits followed by a bitter kick. Yeasty with a bunch of heavy spices. There are many layers of enjoyment wrapped into this fine treat, really unique and thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3584) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky copper brown with a massive, frothy white head. Nose is mild of spice and fruitiness, hints of citrus. Simple taste of fruit, spice, and hops. Dry, lingering finish yet it is very smooth and has a wonderful sensation on the palate. I had higher expectations for flavor complexities, but this is still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
11.2oz bottle, bottled 27/03/2007, 6.9% alcohol. Pours cloudy orange amber color with full foamy white head. Aroma ois sweet, yeasty and spicy. Taste hops and malt with dry finish.

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