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


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RATINGS: 4461   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 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUL 18, 2007
Pours a pleasing orange colour with a nice beige head that has good retention. Aroma has big notes of malts, with notes of dry hops. Lots of flavour, strong dry hoppy bitterness and big notes of citrus, with a spicey finish. The beer has the perfect carbonation with an almost foamy mouthfeel. A really good beer all around, but not the best, I think it was overhyped to me. But still a pretty damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a slightly hazy golden color with a huge, rocky beige head that lasted forever. Some thick, chunky lacing was left behind. The aroma was very powerful and filled the room. It consisted of some strong spicy, fruity hop notes, and also some sourdough. The flavor was very complex. It included a bunch of different citrus. It started out with spices and orange peel, turning into sour lemon and yeast notes, then finishing with a light, hoppy, dry bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light, crisp carbonation. Truly an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUL 17, 2007
Nuts, toffee, malte, honey, end bitter taste, do not have much drinkability...................................... toffee, malte, mel, final amargo, no tem muita drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Thanks to the eathsters for this one, had many times, but first rating. Clear golden orange with large white head. Fruity with some sweet malt. Flavor of sour malt, lemon, very nice. Light-med body, fizzy. Pretty great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Bottle, Thanks Olso! Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that sticks around. Aroma was spicy, with clove predominant. The flavor was incredibly faint and a little bitter as well. Definitely did not live up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 [Bottle] Pours very cloudy amber with an absolutely massive white head consisting of large bubbles. Aroma is cloves and citrus. Taste was spicy with a lingering bitter finish. It wasnt all that flavorful though. This beer looked great and smelled pretty good, but I was really, really disappointed with the taste. Original Rating: 7/4/5/2/9=2.7
Re-Rate: Bottled on 04/04/06, drank on 02/22/08. The aroma is better (sour, a little funky, some apple) and the taste is overall better too (not just a bitter, spice bomb). I still thought the taste was really lacking, but it definitely was an improvement from the first bottle. New Score: 8/5/6/3/13=3.5. I will average the scores.

Old Rating: 7/5/6/2/11=3.1. Re-rate: [Bottle, 26 months old] Pours hazy orange with a big, rocky, off-white head. Aroma explodes out of the glass with a huge amount of pineapple, some banana-like esters, brett--some light leather and funk does show through as it warms, and the pineapple gives way to more of a very subdued apple character after awhile. Taste is bretty, with tropical fruit, before giving way to minerally and yeasty notes, with a solid malt backbone underlying it all, decent bitterness, and faint smokiness towards the end. Medium mouthfeel, dry, long finish. Alright, well I can at least see what all the raving is about now, even if it still isnt my absolute favorite. I would have given it a 9/5/8/4/17=4.3, but as I have been doing, I will knock it down for inconsistency, but still it gets a 3.9. Very interesting, and I will buy it again.

Old rating: 8/5/7/4/15 = 3.9. I have had a few bottles since my last rating in 09, and all of them have been great. The bottle I am drinking now is from late 11, so it has a little over a year on it. Wonderful interplay of fruit and mineral character, with the malt coming through just enough towards the end. Dry, mildly acidic, good mouthfeel. All around a solid beer which I do not tire of. My only complaint is that it is fairly expensive.

Another bottle from late 11 (~15 months old), and this one is probably the best bottle Ive ever had. Bumping up yet another tenth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle 330ml (Bottled on 19/02/07). So whats with the carbonation gig? Completely over the top in fizziness. Pours an orangey amber with a large tan head. I got a sweetish, musty, fruity smell on opening. The flavours are not particularly malty or hoppy, but I did get that fresh mown grass aftertaste. The carbonation destroyed the effect on the palate. Either Ive missed the point or this is a much over rated beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Orange color with thick nice head. Very rich aroma with fruits, parfume, malt, leather, pineapple and lemony hops. Dry hoppiness, firm bitterness and fruitiness in the flavor with good biscuity malt backbone. Dry, fizzy and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2007
golden appearance. flavor is very dry which to me distracts from any aftertaste complexities. a good beer but not lights out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
A good beer. Note of wheat, banana, licorice, orange peel, and sweet and bitter hops.

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