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


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RATINGS: 4418   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Blonde copper color with a huge white head . Aroma of fruit and citrus. Some Bitter from the hops and a good amount of spiceness. Good full finish. Great Beer!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a thick creamy white head, lots of carbonation, light amber color, slightly hazy, good noble hop aroma with a little funk, light malt, slight caramel flavor with a wonderfull dry brett finish. One of the most refreshing beers ever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (3318) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
huge thick foamy textured head, intensely aromatic; orangish amber color. citrusy malty caramel yeasty hoppy nose. curious sweet yet bitter complexity. Fabulously sublime beer. I bow down. Had this from a bottle at Bodega downtown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Medium very sticky fine head. Aroma of hop bitterness. Taste balances between hop bitterness, spices and also some sourness. Light body. Medium carbonation. Nice long lasting dry finish in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 A pale brown pour with a a light creamy head. A fruity nose with a wonderful yeasty flavor and hints of sourness in the bpdu with hints of fruit (apple maybe?). A nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Pours a nice light amber with a monstrous creamy white head that lasts awhile. The lacing is spectacular as well. Notes of sandlawood, tobacco, and ripe fruit. Very complex flavor with a high level of carbonation. Notes of the sandalwood or whatever aromatic that is definately dominate the palate. The finish is nice and dry, but kind of a let sown as far as the score. I remember liking this much more. Re-rate: New bottle to score, and it was definately the Orval I remember, very deep and complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Pours a dark amber color with a massive head that leaves thick foamy lace down the glass. Has a wonderful aroma of fruit and yeast. Tastes fruity, mostly apples, with a long unique finish. One of my favorite Trappists.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4362) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
This beer should have its own category. more of a saison than a heavy trappist ale. lots of corriander, and hops, and its nice and dry in the finish. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
01jimmen (9) - umea, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
A very special trappist,not like the others.Very dry!Distinguished taste of hops,yeast and coriander!Not my favourite trappist but you got to love the non-profit trappist breweries!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 I remember telling an ex girlfriend many years ago that I loved craft beer, especially from Belgium. She went to our local store, Halls, in Colleyville, Texas, and bought me Orval. I hated it. Looking back, I think that was my first encounter with Brettanomyces. That was in 1997. After four more years and falling in love with lambics, I bought another bottle; the world changed in the blink of an eye. Ive been in love ever since.

A monstrosity of a rocky white head with gaping crevasses dutifully adorns a frolicsome orange body with forceful carbonation. The lid of foam is everlasting; even when the liquid is gone a glob of soapy bubbles remain. This lacing is the reason I take notice of lacing to this day. Aroma is decadent, brimming over with coriander, brett, fresh farmhouse funkiness, lavender, tangerines, herbs and hints at a million other brief nuances of guilty pleasure. The flavor, oh the exciting flavor, it never gets tiresome. Heaping piles of funk, citrus, tangy hops, wood, candy sugar, cream, yeast and enough sweet malt to round it out gracefully. Palate is so exhuberant, so lavish and intriguing. The finish is soft and spicy at once, and is clearly the epitome of sophistication. This beer still has me at my knees begging for the secret, for the answers. Simply amazing. Orval really did change me. Thankfully it wasnt the only one that had a profound effect on my tastes and meditations about craft beers. Ill have another!

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