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


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RATINGS: 4388   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 17/20
ScoWRee (416) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a golden orange witha big frothy head. Aroma of yeast and spice. Dry crisp and nicely carbonated. Very nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 5, 2007
A partly cloudy orange and copper pour with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma was spicy with clove coming through strongest. The clove flavor is also quite prevalant on the tongue. Alcohol came through, wasnt that well hidden. Light citrus flavor as well. A crisp, dry finish provided by the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
Poured a beautiful dark orange, slightly cloudy, and an awe-inspiring head; light and foamy, white, bulged right over the rim of my trappist glass. Complex aromas - yeast, sweet malt, floral hops. As J_DUB mentioned in his review, it is indeed quite chalky - I suspect this is the dry-hopping. Hops galore! Slightly skunky, the malt is nearly transparent - very little sweetness to it. Strong bitter citrus notes play against grassy hops, making this very refreshing but slightly wanting in terms of balance. Body is slightly thin, carbonation is good (perhaps a bit gassy) and the aftertaste is rich with hops and very dry. I think Ill wait and try this one again in the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
nice cloudy citrus yeasty hop aroma and flavor. texture is a little chalky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 1 of Obriens Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. Pours golden with lots of carbonation, there is a little white head, the aroma is faint but intriguing. The taste is sweet and citrusy with a nice light malty edge. Very good always a good choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7110) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Stylish. Not always able to live up to its reputation. Found everywhere in the holy land, Belgium. Always a favorite. I dont need fancy beer talk to say, I like Orval.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekstedt (6578) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2012 Pours a wonderful hazy orange/amber colour, with a thick and firm head. A very earthy, complex aroma with citrus, orange, yeast, and a little wood. Quite light in body, perfect carbonation. The flavor is very dry with a frim bitter finish (actually too dry to get a really high score). Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2007
bottled on 10/24/2002 - This brew pours up a huge white head that leaves some nice lacing. The yeast sediment is very fine. The aroma is complex is notes of yeast, citrus, spice, and a bit of the funk that I associate with lambics. That last was a surprise, but not bad. Its in the taste a little bit too. The flavor is dry and very well balanced with those citrus, spice, and funky notes all in there. Medium bodied and lively on the palate, this is a very drinkable ale. Its also held up well over time. The Trappist monks have done it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (5083) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 3 month old bottle (dated 11/04/2006), poured in English pint glass. Created immense stalagmite of dense creamy foam; had to settle a few minutes to pour more. Whole earth, with slight corn and chiclet gum scents. Started it with a very spicy shrimp/pasta dish, the fire of which the alcohol immensely amplified; I had to quickly wolf down dinner, cleanse my palate, and get back to the beer. Orval at first doesnt seem to have a lot of taste, just dryness, but as I see the glass down, it has a slightly caramel-woody front, and a dry-hoppy finish; this beer is multifaceted and satisfying. Only the cottony cobwebs of lace are left now. Even though this is dangerously drinkable already, I think its not quite yet "come together" as intended, and will sample an older bottle in the future. You gotta love the holy men who brew beer exactly as Jesus set forth in the (apocryphal, according to some) Gospel of Fermentations. Note: bottle says 6.9 % ABV instead of 6.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2007
bottle. deep apricot color with thick frothy off white head and carbonation. spicy, yeast, citrus, rich malt, apricot, small sugar aroma. smooth and creamy but with a definite bite. spicy and dry. fig or apricot is the fruit. very nice

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