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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 4274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
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, it’s either deep golden or light orange. Either way it’s 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 it’s fruit: lemon, banana, apple, pear. Next sip spiciness: coriander, clove, cinnamon. Then there’s a subtle earthiness underneath everything. I can’t 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 haven’t had an Orval in many years. Last time I had it, I wasn’t really into beer yet and thought it was ’weird’. Weird is good! What a fantastic beer. Complex, balanced, and easy to drink. A masterpiece.

3.5
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.

3.7
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.

3.8
bubbleflubber (2228) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2006
I’ve 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 Jägermeister (try picturing it next time, and see if it’s 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!

3
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.

3
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.

4
TaktikMTL (7829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée à la LCBO (Kingston, ONT) lors d’un séjour au Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Arôme: Odeur de bananes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde ambrée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et de fleurs. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #528)

4
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.

3.9
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.

5
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottel at DØE meeting, Ølbaren. 6.2%. Light yellow, white head. A little sour smell, fruity. Sour and dry hop dominates the taste, with some peber. Not quiet my taste.(6/3/6/3/11)...... Re-Rate: Ok it’s time for a Re-Rate. Bottle (29-April-2009) Cloudy amber - white head. Nice bretty, lovely bretty, soapy, dryness, light hoppy, fruity, crispy, cactus. Lovely. ..... Ok jeg kan ikke trække den længere: 5.0


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