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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4417   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottled 05, best by 2010. Aroma is grassy, perfume, flowers, alcohol, bubble gum. Pours cloudy orange with bubbly foam on top. Taste is big on the flowers- what I would imagine dandelions to taste like, but I cant say for sure. I get some banana in there, with other generic "fruit" flavors. I would like to steep cut up pears in this beer. The perfume aroma couples with the spice (certainly clove and cinnamon) in a way that makes it sometimes taste soapy (in a bad way). Finishes quite dry. Bubbly carbonation is appropriate, but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
bottle. bottled on 4/01/05. Aroma: Alot going on here. Mint, coriander, floral, cherry, vanilla, and strangely enough, cotton candy. Appearance: depending on the light, its either deep golden or light orange. Either way its very hazy with a good amount of floaties dancing about the brew. Large off white creamy looking head never really disappeared. Just kind of diminished into a smaller head. Lacing that could only be called perfect. Flavor: Where to start? The floral flavor pops out first. Not roses, kind of reminds me of Hydrangias. Next sip its fruit: lemon, banana, apple, pear. Next sip spiciness: coriander, clove, cinnamon. Then theres a subtle earthiness underneath everything. I cant do this one justice. Way to much complexity for me to break down. Only off thing is a slight metallic twang in the first few sips. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation was spot on. Finish was very crisp and refreshing. Alcohol left a warming sensation that coated my whole mouth. Overall: I havent had an Orval in many years. Last time I had it, I wasnt really into beer yet and thought it was weird. Weird is good! What a fantastic beer. Complex, balanced, and easy to drink. A masterpiece.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy copper with a head that, try as I might, I could not keep under control. Spicy aromas lead with yeasts and dark fruits following. Has an odd bitter kick that I found enjoyable. Finishes crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Nose is bready and alcoholic. Taste is yeasty/bready, alcohol is very well hidden. Pours a hazy dark gold. Reminds of me of Hennepin, although this is easier to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2202) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Ive heard the phrase that "Everyone will drink Orval...." Now I know why. The pour is a hazy nut-brown with a stucco-like head, almost clumping (beautiful!). The nose is a dead ringer for Jgermeister (try picturing it next time, and see if its not bullseye). Flavors are light, with clove oil essence, Allspice, cinammon, and a lemon-hopped bitterness that come together in nice, light medicinal tone. There is a subliminal bitter finish, and the pseudo-numbing mouthfeel provides warmth and comfort. Well done, and nicely well-rounded!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
Bottle. eh, this did very little for me. not a great flavor. quite bitter. didnt enjoy that much, prolly wont try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dull orange color with a nice white head. The aroma was unusual with a strong smell of yeast. The hop flavor and aroma is also very noticeable. The flavor was a bit sour and dry. The floral taste was not really to my liking but all in all, not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7299) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml achete la LCBO (Kingston, ONT) lors dun sjour au Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Arme: Odeur de bananes et dpices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde ambre avec une forte densit de bulle. Prsence dun large col mousseux et dune large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got dpices et de fleurs. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #528)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pours a hazy brownish orange with a foamy off white head that sustained and left some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, candy sugar, banana and citrus. Flavor of yeast, Belgian spices, banana, tingly carbonation, slight roastiness and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Golden in colour with a small head. Sweet and malty. Fruity as well. A slight note of apricote and hops.

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