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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4386   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2006
With all the Orval talk going on I figured I would check my rating since I knew I had it a number of times. Wow no rating but I think now after 1700 beers I can appreciate it more than when I first started rating. So I broke out the Orval glass tonight and popped the top. The glass fill to the top with a hazy orange-amber color with a lrge almost white head. Sweet fruity malt with a nice funky character of leather and horse (my favorite). Some dusty character. The flavor starts a little sweet but finishes pretty dry. Some fruitiness at the start and hops at the finish. Spicey and bitter on the finish. Even some warmth in the throat. Very lively mouthfeel. The born on date was 4/11/06. I might pop one a month after now remembering what this is all about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorvall (5) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
Very dry taste, with a spicy touch, hints of hops and lemon in the aftertaste. A one of its kind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Golden/copper color. Humongous head, lacing. Excellent aroma of yeast, fruit, bread. Flavor is good but lacking something. Sweet, dry and biting. Might be overcarbed for my liking too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (507) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Re-rate on 2/6/07. Bottle from 2/05. Pale orange-amber color, huge thick foamy head that stuck around forever and left lacing on the glass. Sweet floral aroma with malts, fresh fruits (apple, pineapple), hops, and pine needles. Flavors are initially sweet and malty with floral and citrus overtones, along with fresh fruits, and hops. But some strange, indescribable piney, leathery, musty, woody flavors also appear. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel, but the finish is dry and astringent. One of the more interesting and complex beers Ive had. Glad I took the time to re-rate this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Badger1503 (3) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006 does not count
A citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange rises from superb and sustained head, which sits upon a transclucent orange liquid. The taste also has a citrus quality, and the carbonation gives a light but lively feeling in the mouth. The finish is bitter and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2006
Nice thick, white head! Grey and yellow colours aswell. Hoppy taste with hints af spice, rye, caramel and bitterness. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2006
being a trapiste, i had high hopes. Burnt orange colour with large fluffy head.bitter and perhaps a little spicy. very dry mouthfeel. a yummy ale!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 Bootle, 33 cl. Always @ home here ! One off the very-best Trappist beers. An orange/amber pour with a foamy head. The head disapates quickly into a foamy covering. Aroma raisiny fruits and hops. Tatse is fantastic, nice hops bitterness. Great Stuff !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scania (188) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Orange. Aroma of horse blanket (from wild yeast strain). Apricot in flavor. Dry and bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a wonderful orange and amber that at first appears somewhat brown once in the glass but fairly quickly develops a massive, solid and rocky head. Hops and yeast come forward mostly scentwise, with some clean but doughy malt. Flavor is fairly dry and attacking, but with some noticeable spice. Theres also a slight herbal taste to it. Overall, an excellent beer.

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