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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: 4388   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demitriustown (1186) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2007
11.2 fl oz bottle: Bottled on 29/08/2006 best before 29/08/2012. Very carbonated with the bottle slightly overflowing onto my table. Aroma is A sour fruit, hoppy aroma, some nice light spices throughout, very aromatic. Appearance is a cloudy golden/orange with a huge slightly off white head that just lingers on the beer forever. Taste is somewhat grainy and rather mild, but very smooth for a Belgian ale. Very complex flavors as you get into the brew and surprisingly well balanced. Palate is somewhat dry but that is expected from a Belgian. Overall, at first I thought whats all the hubbub about this brew its actually kind of weak, but as I got into it it was damn good. Damn good I say.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2007
Bottle. Bottled on 24/01/2006, best before 24/01/2011. Pours an orange/amber. Aroma is flowery and spices, citrusy. Taste was rather mild, nothing really stood out to describe, I was surprised by how mild it was . Finish was slight spice and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 11.2 oz bottle dated 09/08/2006. Hazy orange beer with massive head. Aroma of spices and oranges. Hoppy, dry, hints of orange, possibly coriander, and spices. My first authentic trappist brew and it is a memorable one. Bottle disappeared too fast and I wish I had purchased more for tonight. Second tasting confirmed my love for this beer. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
A great trappist beer and very tastfull. No other beers except his own petit orval you compair with. Realy original tast and a not that strong but still great trappist bear worth of tasting

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 22, 2007
This beer is singularly unique, and hard to describe. The balance clearly swings more towards hoppy, yet the hops have a "fine" flavor to them. Its very clean, yet the body is good. The head is nice and frothy white, and ample. The color is kind of yellowish brown and clear. Clearly a very high-quality product.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Pours a beautiful ginger blonde colour with aroma of orange peel and vanilla, nice frothy head, a good bite in the first sip, a strong alcohol finish and a tangy palate, enjoyable. Rerate16th March 2008, some additional notes: Sour notes in the aroma, peppery too, definite ginger in the taste and a long bitter finish, very enjoyable

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 22, 2007
Pours amber orange with a beautiful head. Aroma is complex, herbs, flowery and spicy. Taste is fruity, hoppy, spicy and dry in the end. Very well balanced. The hops are the stars in this beer. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xetnauq (13) - USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a more inviting and less formal-looking head than the other Trappists, and tastes different too. The citrus and spices at least balance the ridiculous amounts of carbonation that overwhelm a Chimay. Pretty good. Pretty expensive though, and in general I wouldnt call this - or any Trappist beer - the best beer Ive ever had.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (41895) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours unfiltered orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma is most of all hoppy, what a difference from the other trappists, but it also has so many other components: YEAST, fruits. spices, slight sweetness but most of all: the aroma is dry. Flavour is citric, malt sweetness which is good for balance to the sour/bitter hop notes. Strong bitterness into the finish. First time I had this I was in awe, I had found the perfect beer and no one around me could understand the same thing. Ive come back and been in doubt several times, but this one deserves to be in the same league as the golden 12. There doesnt seem to be an "inbetween" with this one, either you like it and wholeheartedly appreciate it, or you move on - I stay still, this is my beer for an evening on the balcony as the sun sets...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2007
Bottle. Yet another great Trappist. As I am writing this review a week from the date of taste, I am only able to rely on memory. Struck me as being similar to Duvel. I do remember a complex flavor/spices. Good color, very drinkable. Hard not to like this beer. I enjoyed it although it wasnt an earth moving experience. Definately a prominent Belgian Trappist. I would drink again--Cheers! Maybe I will find this beer in the states and get a chance to rerate after a fresh tasting.


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