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


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RATINGS: 4461   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 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 (5219) - 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 (1376) - 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

   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 (3445) - 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.

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