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


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RATINGS: 4386   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick creamy off white head that leaves a thick lace. The aroma is lightly sweet, definite fruit and spice, and after half a glass gone and a swirl some very sweet bubblegum hints. There was much less going on in the flavor than I expected. Very light alcohol, definitely dry hopped, some spice, and some Belgian earthiness. The palate was fairly full and dry. The finish has a bitter edge to it coming from the hops and features a slight warmth. Overall, I was very disappointed in this Trappist. The flavor was not nearly as complex or pronounced as I expected and the dry hopping threw me off, but I am biased against hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Astonishingly floral Belgian superbeer. We loved this beer and have always. Deep orange and golden gem with a three-fingered head that lasted nicely through the tasting from bottle. Architecturally sound Trappist ale for enthusiasts of great worldly brews! OMG!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 31, 2007
340 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a fruity noise - excellent head. Very dry, fruity body with a clean finish. Beautifully balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
pours a murky gold. the aroma is awesome. it at firsts smells like a lager or pilsner style beer, but further wiffs uncover the belgian banana smell. taste is floral and smooth. nice carbonation. even taste some hops in there. complex and refreshing. the best belgian i have had yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - MAR 28, 2007
Very strong flowery aromas, I almost want to say I smelled lavandar. A little too dry for my liking and not as complex as some of the other trappists.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Heavy pouring amber with quite a bit of visible debris floating throughout. Leaned toward an abby tripple in flavor. Interesting taste but not the smoothest palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2007
Wow, this is a good one! Pours brown and hazy. Very yeasty and very bubbly, maybe even too much so. The taste is full of lovely bitterness along with sugary caramell and above all orange (peel). The stingy alcohol that comes in the aftertaste made my Orval taste like orange liqour candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Nice golden glow with a massive white head. An impressive look with a good fruity and slight citrus nose. Some nice mild sweetness and hop bitterness. Not the deep rich caramel sugary sweetness and depth as other trappist ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
[email protected] (43) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 26, 2007
I rather liked it. Fairly fruity, but it was no Kwak. It had some nice dryness to it, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass, cloudy orangish amber with a giant beige head. The aroma was of yeast, sour apples and citrus. The taste was dominated by hops with notes of sour apple. Very dry with a slight bitterness. Well carbonated with an earthy almost barnyard nose. An interesting brew, but not quite to my taste.

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