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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4460   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 330mL bottle from LCBO. Pours to a cloudy, dark gold, with a large, slightly off-white head. Smell is of malt, floral hops, a touch of citrus, and a slight must. First taste is fascinating: malt and hops in perfect balance, with a moderate yeasty taste, and again, it tastes slightly musty. Fruit and herbs. Tons of lace down the glass, too. Hugely complex, make sure to add the sediment for more flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1570) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Pours a cloudy, light amber color with thick off white head. Aroma is of spices and hops with a hint of citrus. Starts off with a citrus and spice flavor that gives way to a nice hoppy and dry finish. Heard some good things about this brew and it lived up to its expectations. Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2006
Amber/orange coloured brew. Nice spicy and hoppy aroma with hints of various fruits. Flavour is dry and a bit sour, citrus taste. Overall enjoyable and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Souring scrumpy scents greet the nose. Rather concerned that it might be off. But an interesting taste nevertheless, which grew on me as I reached the bottom of the glass. Worth trying. I will review it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
A very cool bowling pin shaped bottle. It poured a bright cloudy burnt orange into a snifter glass. It had about an inch of creamy white head that settled down into a quarter inch of a chunky head before I started drinking it. It smells like a lot other Belgium beers, you know spicy and fruity with a little malt. So, the giant citrus blast I got when I tasted this was a shock. No fruity flavors, nothing sweet, it is very dry and carbonated like champagne. This one goes on my to buy list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10297) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2006
Bottle 330ml Sainsburys (Im taking full advantage of their 25% off Belgian beers) Sipped from an Orval Chalice. Dense amber colour, with a frothy white head. Very aromatic with spices and hops dominating very pleasant beer slight citrus notes but quite dry in the finish. Certainly deserves much of the respect and ratings that it is given but there are better Belgian beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (10032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Hazy deep orange. Powerful aromas! My wife swears it smells like pee. I smell grapefruit skin, pine, and a sharp bitter note. Very bitter palate, perhaps the most better I have ever tasted, nearly harsh. I half wonder if I got an off bottle because I am not picking up the range of scents and flavours that other raters have. I recognize that this is a highly respected beer, and I want to give it another chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
I looked into this one expecting an achingly sweet ale, and was pleasantly surprised to be... well surprised. A little drier, a little more bitter maybe? Definately not as sweet, and definately more hoppy than I was expecting. All around pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5291) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
I am not a great fan of Belgian beers but this is certainly an above average one. Not as bitter as some Belgian ales it has a very pleasant slightly dry mouthfeel with at traces of citrus, Not as threatening as some Belgian ales it is well rounded and very easy to drink. Definitely one I would try again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraans (31) - ostend, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2006
Not bad, but there are better Trappist beers in Belgium. Amber in colour, hard to get from tap, if possible even ?! Worth a try!

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