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


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RATINGS: 4468   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daniele (8911) - ITALY - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 colore arancione schima persistente ed abbondante profumo netto di albicocca corpo medio retrogusto decisamente secco ed amaro piacevole birra in costante evoluzione cambia ogni anno di invecchiamento strepitosa quando scaduta

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 11, 2007
033 bottle. Slightly disappointed. Very much yeast in the aroma, also in the first sips, but after a while it opened up and there where lots of fruits and even some strawberry in there. Not my favourite of the trappists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doombo (1) - ITALY - JUL 11, 2007 does not count
medium bitterness, citrus, floral, cereal, caramel, light body, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerFanDan17 (1106) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Not impressed. This was rated high and I expected more. The appearance is stunning with a nice hue and rich head. However, the taste is lacking any true flavor. There are hints of some flavors but nothing distinguishable. I bought two bottles and both were simply average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JimboFluffy (3) - USA - JUL 9, 2007 does not count
floral, citrus, cloudy, amber, frothy, medium sweetness, long finish, soft carbonation, medium body,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (4403) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottled: Aroma is sweet with candy notes, fruity (oranges) and spices. Orange, light reddish color, thick huge head. Flavor is sweet with citrus (lemon) notes. Fruity, orange, acid and spieces. Hops in the end with citrus notes, aroma hop, light herbal. Dry, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (9391) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2007
bottle, abou 1,5 years old. Impressive head, very long-lasting, looks like a rock formation, never seen such a beautiful head before. Hoppy nose. Fruity and hoppy flavours, very dry palate, very hoppy indeed. Hints of fruit (orange peel?). Only very slightly malty. Very dry and hoppy finish with long aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2007
at first sight its just a decent belgian ale, not too different from many other good ones... aroma pretty weak fruit... taste was good but not outstanding, comparable to ommegan hennepin but obviously weaker and more hoppy... a good beer for the price though - got it for 1.60 single bottle.... the hops come through the most in the palate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 gustosa e corposa e, ha un sapore piuttosto intenso e finisce troppo presto. Comprata da Squillari (2.50). Ribevuta da Paola a Brescia, impressione ancora migliore, veramente meritevole (4.00). Ribevuta pi e pi volte in seguito. Da allora non manco mai di averne una bottiglia in frigo, man mano pian piano, assaggio dopo assaggio diventata una delle mie birre preferite in assoluto.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Bottle. pours copper/amber with a huge billowing head that takes forever to calm down. Once past the foam, you are led to a very pretty floral nose with notes of lavender, vanilla, cherries, grass and some sour yeast. Quite a dry flavor profile. I was expecting so much more based on the wonderful nose. Notes of bread, hops and earth round out the flavor. Finishes grassy and dry.

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