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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 4274   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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4.6
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
Pours a dark cloudy orange with a monster well retained light tan head. This is one of the better smelling beers out there, in my opinion. Lovely combo of spices, citrus, coriander, and light clove. Taste is a great mix of orange, various spices, a little cinnamon, and coriander as well. Extremely refreshing, a beer I could drink over and over again everyday. Finish is really smooth and the aftertaste is a little sweet on the lips. Delicious.

4.2
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 FL. OZ. 6.9% abv. Pours a cloudy, golden color with an off-white head. Spicy, pumpkiny, aroma with hints of apple. Smoother palate than aroma suggests with a dry, sour flavor. A very smooth and refreshing beer.

4.1
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a rich amber. Flavor is malty with some citrus, spice, and hops that lingers in the aftertaste. A good Belgian beer.

2.2
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2007
Pretty dark bottle pours a ridiculously huge white head and good lacing. This is in Jackson’s Great Beer Guide but he spends more time talking about the abbey then he does the beer. I like the color. I like the bottle. But the skunky taste and the inflated price leave me happy only that I can cross this off my list.

3.6
Burrobuns (83) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2007
Very good beer on the whole. Big head with great retention and a refreshing carbonation. This beer is like abbey beer lite, in my opinion. Easy to drink with great light (upper palate) spice, floral, hop and citrus flavors. Doesnt have the same staying power as a lot of the more solid, darker belgian brews.

3.5
cgarvieuk (24788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 bottle 9/4/07 or 4/12/08 not sure which ...an amber coloured brew, little hop on nose, rich full tasty mouth, a little spiced shines through. quite drying 3.7

bottle bbf 10/08/16 drunk at Mass online orval tasting 24 Jan 2012 ... golden amber ... soft yeasty fruit nose ... light fizzy ... quite dry ... soft fruits ... quite peachy ... soft earthy toffee back bone ... Ok its quite subdues with no real anything i can place ... its soft and simple ... it doesnt exite me or repel me ... im tending toward the word boring ... but not quite 3.5

bottle bbf 10/08/16 drunk at Mass online orval tasting 24 Jan 2012 ... crisp amber ... thin white head ... soft farmyark funk fruit nose ... quite fizzy ... was a gusher ... ok very bretty ... def farmyard ... light toffee ... light fruits ... but mostly im only getting the brett... Not really liking this ... 3.2 how ever a good experiment in aging as these are quite clearly different beers ...

At home(24 may2013) in Memory of Simon, with Zimbo who joined our tasting group as we both shared a friendship with simon ... bottled 300113 ... golden amber ... big white head ... big soft bretty ... mellow fruit nose ... dry fruity front ... light brett again ... tiny soft hint ...here to you Simon... may your name long be mentioned.

4.3
thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Pours golden-orange, enormous head, amazing retention. The side of the glass is decorated with tiny bubbles that move toward the top, and make me feel like I’m watching the opening to the Matrix. Aroma is of noble hops, and slightly yeasty. Carbonation is lively and flavor complex. Lots of citrus, some hop bitterness. Initial sweetness, but never cloying. Finishes long and dry with some more notes of pepper and earthiness. The guy at the store looked at me funny when I bought this, as though he wasn’t sure what exactly it was. This, I should have said to him, is beer. - Note. Seems much less impressive upon re-rate.

3.6
brstp (201) - - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Sour fruit aroma, banana, interesting neon-ish orange color, big white head that looked like it would hang around but left tiny little lacings and was gone within a couple minutes. Taste is floral, some alcohol, lavender, dry, relatively simple. Nice beer.

3.7
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2007
Quite good. The aroma of fruit dominates and matches the coloration well. It has a huge white head that hangs around for a few minutes. IJ love the trappist ales, and this one is no exception.

3.7
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
The color was a light peachy brown. The head was very thick, creamy, and off white. The head laced the glass very well. The aroma was earthy, yeasty, and a little tart smelling. The flavor was very dry, slightly earthy, and a little waxy/bitter. The palate was thin/med bodied and slightly carbonated. The finish was warm.


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