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


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RATINGS: 4387   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
I finally decided to plunk down my hard earned cash and try this supremely overrated beer. Maybe I got a bad bottle but I definitely wasnt impressed. I think this is more of a status thing for some people. Ill take a Duvel or Chimay over this any day. It was extremely bitter and not in a good hoppy way. Ive never drank model paint before, but I imagine it wouldnt taste too different than this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2006
Bottled: 06/30/2005. Pours copper color with a big frothy white head. Real sour/cheesy lambic aroma. Quite effervescent. Flavor is pretty unapparent and watery, at least for a belgian. Quite sour and bitter. A little bit of woody taste. Unspectacular to say the least. Almost a little bad. I see its cellarable for 5 years. Maybe this isnt good fresh...or 10 months old. I dont know where the high rating comes from. This bottle says 6.9% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3308) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. I thought this beer had a good smell and it was very flavorful, a little thin, but very good, poured amber with a decent lasting head, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - APR 24, 2006
orange-golden,elegant head,lively carbonated smells hoppy,malty,spicy,almoust orange-ppel-like (but in a fresh way) smells even like christmas-spices (clove or so) tasts bitter-fruity,spicy,but tough refreshing dry. a class of its own,i think! i really like it !! aftertaste of refreshing hops and even there are citrus-fruits!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2006
bottle ..pours hazy orange with a small white head and decent lace . aroma of sweet citrus . notes of citrus flavor and hop bitterness , smooth and tasty with a very dry finish .. nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Re-rate 12-31-06. Hazy orange, with huge frothy off white head. Aroma is very intense, notes of lemon rind, citrus, spices, malt, and very light funk. Taste is citrusy/lemon, very spicy, lightly malty and sweet, with tart fruit, barnyard funkyness in the background, lightly tart/sour and spicy finish. Some hop bitterness in the finish additionally. A fitting beer to end 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
I have an expiration date of July 7, 2007 and 6.9% abv on my bottle. Pours a cloudy amber (not a yeasty cloudy, but a particle-rich cloudy) with a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Lots of foam during the pour! Very large, multi-sized, coarse head and lacing. Aroma knocks me over! There is a lot of hops in this beer for a Belgian Pale Ale. The flavor consists of coarse citrus with definite hops aftertaste. I wouldnt call this appealing, but interesting nevertheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2006
Bottle dated 17-02-05/17-02-10 courtesy of BuckNaked. Hazy orange with huge white head. Poured carefully, but still had plenty of floaties. Aroma is orange zest and tart lemon up front, hints of mango? Looked through some ratings and havent seen it mentioned, but swear I am getting that. Sour brett in the background, some farmhouse funk, with very faint pepper, and maybe clove? Flavor again, orange and lemon up front, very quick brett twinge through the middle. Pepper and spicy hops make for a very dry finish. Have drank 4 or 5 of these lately, and while I dont think its inconsistent (delicate I guess would be the word), every bottle has been slightly different. This has been the best bottle so far, but I should have taken notes on individual bottles/dates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
When opened the beer bubbled up the neck and sat at the top unable to escape. Hazy strawberry blonde body. Aroma is fresh orange trees with sage and a citric acidity. Tounge is grass and orange rind, flour or a sodium bicarbonate. I can taste some hallertau. Mouth is lightly acidic with a lingering quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 On tap at Brouwers. Light brown. Spicy herb taste...sweet finish. The flavor keeps coming on strong. Very tasty... Re rate from bottle: I just love this beer. The hops and dry finish just work so well for me. Very floral and amazingly different from most belgium beers. Love this.

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