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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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
JimboFluffy (3) - USA - JUL 9, 2007 does not count
floral, citrus, cloudy, amber, frothy, medium sweetness, long finish, soft carbonation, medium body,

3.9
Geiserich (4595) - 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.

3.6
Quack-Duck (9533) - 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.

3.6
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

4.5
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 più e più volte in seguito. Da allora non manco mai di averne una bottiglia in frigo, man mano pian piano, assaggio dopo assaggio è diventata una delle mie birre preferite in assoluto.

3.6
tyler_mn (2464) - 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.

4
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Very nice. Big billowy head with pale, cloudy color. Fruity and spicy flavor with a dry, mown grass hop finsh.

3.9
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
fruity smell and taste, not overly complex but tastes just right. one of my friends said it tasted like medicine, but i was happy to finish his glass for him. to each his own.

3.8
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber with a very thick and lasting head. Aroma is fruity with a hint of chocolate, which I sensed the first two times, but not after that. Taste is a bit on the light side: fruity at first, then bland, and finally, sweet. Leaves a very good finish, though. Very drinkable.

3.8
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Reddish/gold with billowing white head. Hoppy floral bouquet on the nose as well as a slight tinge of the alcohol. Warm fruity maltiness is well balanced by a light hops presence. There are subtle hints of spice and citrus zest towards the back as well as a tweak of the alcohol. The beer has a great crisp, clean finish. The beer was good but I remember having better experiences previously, so I would mirror other comments saying that this can be a "hit or miss" beer. ("miss" still being pretty darn good) Note: I set the beer out to warm before drinking for 20-25 min. after taking it from the fridge, but I probably should have kept it longer, as the taste and aromas improved significantly with warmth.


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