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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4354   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Cloudy, amber-orangish brew. Huge frothy off-white head. Very strong floral-tart aroma. Very smooth, grapefruit-sweet, gentle warming, with notes of pepper. Very light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled: 01/31/2006. Cloudy golden-orange appearance; off-white head with good retention and beautiful lacing. Pleasant, sour nose, showing belgian sugar and floral hops. Id almost guess this was from Fantome... Pleasant carbonation, tartness; malty background, suggesting mint and spice (pepper); light-to-medium finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz. for $7.50. Poured a rich amber color with thick off-white head. Dryer than expected, however features an overwhelming character of numerous fruits, yeasts, and hops. Couldnt sink it all in before it was gone.... but this was something else!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gladstone (23) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 One of my favourites as always. Its so bloooody good I could drink a crate on mye own and still ask for more. Very very very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12326) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled 01.24.2006. Pours amber with a tall, huge foamy off-white head that diminishes a little and goes rocky with some sticky lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity malt (meal, hay), yeast (grass, bread, earth), wood notes, grape, pear and apricot as well. Medium acidity and bitterness, slight sour yeast then malt flavor, alcohol burn at the end, flowers and earth, grassy hay notes. Medium bodied and fizzy, spicy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Very dry Belgian Ale with a great aroma and appearance. I will have to try again due to the amount of bubbles in the beer. Almost like a dry Champagne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
I have heard a lot about this beer and never tried it, and then i went to a local store and they had 2004 vintage bottles of it, so I figured why not give it a try. The aroma was a good belgian ale that had a great hop presence with yeasty aromas as well, and there was also a nticeable aroma of brett...I didnt know any trappists breweries really used brett. anyways it was a nice subtle addition to the beer. The flavors were very nie throughout this beer. Typical belgian ale, but somehow extremely dry and refreshing, noce and complex but no wehere near demanding or ovrepowering. The brett also added a great dimension to the favor with just a little bit of sourness or tart in the finish. A good beer, that I would not mind trying again....and again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2009 This is a very special Trappist ale. There is NO beer in the world that has its bouquet. (Ommegangs Ommegeddon comes close..) The story on how GOD created this monastery in the early 1000s is only from Heaven above. Hence the fish on the label... Praise the LORD!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3637) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Tasted on 9/29/2006 from bottle (2006 vintage) at Rivers Bend - Thanks Matt! Cloudy deep gold color. Very lively carbonation with a big and dense white head. Aroma is damp, earthy, and a little hoppy. Flavor is quite complex and very dry. Starts malty and dry, becomes a little more fruity and yeasty, and finishes slightly sour with a hint of alcohol. This is a challenging beer and truly unique. I definitely need to grab another bottle or three to really explore this beer. Also, the one I sampled is very young, so I think an older vintage might be even better. Im sure my rating will go up once I get a chance to immerse myself in this intriguing beer again in the future...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Dark amber, with a massive off-white head. The aroma is flowery, wheaty and a bit sweet. A bit flat in the flavor, with a lot of flavors subtle flavors. Nothing jumps out. A bit sour in the finish.

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