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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I dont think I can write enough words to describe this brew. Love this young and although I am not going to rate the Petit Orval it is equally as interesting. I could sit and smell this beer all day long. Was at the Abbey in September 2005 for a private tour. Page 348 of Michael Jacksons Great Beer Guide and only 302 of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 2 year old bottle. Beautiful deep orange pour. Aroma is floral, a bit of citrus, lemon, and orange. Its evident that it is very full-bodied and complex upon first tasting. Flavor is a mix of floral and citrus. I taste some berries as it warms. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and dry. Finish is crisp. Truly a delightful beer. The complexity is on the same level of some other trappist brews like Chimay yet it finishes so much lighter. I could drink this all night long if not for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatherHinie (6) - Hudsonville, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2007 does not count
Frothy foamy off-white head in a trappest glass. Hazy orange brown appearance. Taste is bitter but a flavor Im unsure of what. At first I liked it, maybe because it is "different{" but it wore quickly and I am not likely to reinvest at $4.99 a bottle. I think better values out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mart (211) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
Bouteille 03/05/2006 12 degrs C. Robe orange-abricot voile et magnifique. Mousse paisse collant au verre. Arme complexe dagrumes et de houblons. Bien carbonate, lexplosion de houblon se marie avec le got de levure et une saveur lgrement acide, difficilement descriptable, mais au combien singulire et unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagomswedish (213) - Ume, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, Ume. The first time I tried this beer I really didnt like it. Which is why Ive tried it again, and again, and again last night. And I still dont like it. Its a very pretty beer, and the initial aroma of funky orange and raisins is impressive. But the strange mix of herbs and hops leaves a medicinal flavour in my mouth I find difficult to appreciate. Unlike other trappists where every sip reveals something new, this beer just keeps telling me the same thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Vigorous, bubby pour...lasting white foam. Murky orange body I have not seen in other ales. Highly carbonated with an intense aroma that is too complex for me to put a finger on what all is in there, but there are hints of apples and other strong fruit scents, very intriguing! An enjoyable flavor is somewhat reminiscent of a cider with a tangy, sour palate...goes down very easily! Bready, sugary aftertaste with a light alcohol finish. A pleasant drink!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ludde (3) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2007 does not count
Bottle in Orval glass. Highly carbonated with large, frothy, off-white head, big bubbles, that mostly dissipates within minutes. Cloudy deep orange-brown color. Sweet aroma with citrus, lime, grape, banana and some sourness. Fizzy on the palate with a light to medium body. Lightly alcoholic. The flavor is bitter and lightly acidic with some yeast. Sour apple. Nice short dry finish. A beautiful looking beer with a wonderful, strange taste. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle. Average off-white (mostly dissapating) frothy head. Muted orange cloudy body. Malts and an unusual sourness aroma. Flavor is lightly acidic and had a short duration. Light body. Dry textured. Lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Pours very nicely into a Westmalle glass. Has a nice thin head that disapates quickly. Is a nice dark brown color. Aroma is excellent. Beer is very smooth with a sweet aftertaste. Flavor is excellent with lots of hops and a little malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Bottle, in Italy. Cloudy amber coloration, with a nice head, consistent and persistent. High bitterness and carbonation. Salty and very dry palate. Citric and floral aroma. I really didnt like this famous Belgian.

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