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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4483   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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jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Cloudy orange, with a big bubbly white head. Yeasty smell, with some fruit. Very Malty, with a bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied. Overall quite bland, and was hoping for something more special like some of the other belgium brews i’ve had, quite non-offensive and easy to drink.

ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to jjd0608. Poured a murky golden color with a lot of carbanoation. Aroma of bananas is present. Taste like a cherry lifesavor. Good beer.

mike_77 (6661) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Hazy dark orange colour. Big fluffy head. Aroma has plasters and Bretty yeast. Dry but exceptionally clean feel in the mouth with light vinous acidity and a bitter dry finish.

bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2007
I love this beer! Now - I could lament for days about one sip of Orval. Woody aroma, the sweetness of silage (yeah - I know, weird), fennel, spicy white pepper characteristic and oh so much more. The Brett really shines through in this example - wet dog, barnyard, whatever you call it! Pleasant Brett character leaving also a richness of malt. not really all that sour. Slight acetic quality but faint. Lovin it!

AgentGobshite (25) - peachland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
my very favorite trappist ale! smells like the wood that i work with every day...and i still freaking like it!

Fukito (1059) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Lubiere!! you are a man of word! Beer presents an orangey and slightly hazy outfit with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma is very singular peaches, lemon, hay, phenols, apples. Tastes of herbs, hoppy, very difficult to describe... Has a werid peppery, spicy, anise feeling with a bitter-caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, VERY (I mean VERY) dry, quenching. Very idiosincratic and complex.

lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Pours hazy brownish orange with decent off-white head. Aroma of bananas, some yeast, and citrusy hops. Very dry hoppy flavor with some fruity sweetness. Pretty tasty but doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Nice aroma of cider and bananas and spices. Huge off white head that reduces to what looks like a marshmallow. Thin disappointing taste and watery mouthfeel with sour gym sock fermentation aftertaste. An unpleasant shock for my 300th rating.

Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
a slight tan head on it, and it is a hazy color to it. taste is defintely of apples and cinnammen, and sour

LinusStick (3460) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 ***Re-rate**** Wow what a difference time makes! Great zesty spicy aroma. Pour was tear jerking beautiful. A nice dark gold with a huge 4 finger off white head that you could rest a quarter on. Taste was very spicy and drinkable. Heavy yeast and hops in the front with a sweet dried fruit taste coming in an out. As it warms it sours and tastes a little like a saison. Definately different than all the other trappist beers. Lovely! Original scores: AR4 AP2 FL4 PAL3 OI9 TOTAL 2.2 So far my least favorite trappist. Hazy yellow pour that looks like ginger ale. The aroma was alcohol/spice. The taste was sour and, yes, very dry. These monks do not impress me.

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