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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4436   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - DEC 9, 2005
very interesting. very dry, alot lighter in taste than i expected. pours a copper color with a huge head, really big bubbles in the head, quite unique. aroma is also unique i cant quite put a fiunger on it, kinda yeasty. taste is light and alot more refreshing than i expected from this traditional belgian ale. floral hoppy taste with some grapefruit. very bubbly, not what i expected at all, seems more like a lite drinkable summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 This is beer, but I drank it at a not optimal temperature, it is hard to doit in Winter here, because the heathers are like at 25 degrees. Anyway. The colour is awesoma, and the aorma, alcoholic but just enough, and the after taste nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Pours a light gold with a HUGE white head. Aroma is bready & fruity. Taste is bready with a good dose of grapefruit. A little too carbonated for my taste. Im not sure what all the hype is about.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Definitely aromatic, herbal, citrusy & effervescent. That said, a distinct nose. To mine a grapefruit yet musty odor. Fizzy on the palate and a rather dry unsatisfactory taste that mimics the nose. A light golden color. Not to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 Bottle on 04/10/2011 from Once Upon a Vine - North. Slightly hazy orange body with a large foamy white head that clings to the glass. Wild Brett aroma with some caramel and fruit. Dry Brett flavor with some caramel, fruit, and light spicy hops. Medium light body with high carbonation and a very dry finish. 7/3/8/4/16 - 3.8 11/28/2005 - Cloudy dark golden color with a thin white head. light citrus aroma with a sweet grapefruit flavor. 6/4/8/4/15 - 3.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Cloudy golden color. Small ivory head. Light citrus smell. Sharp tang due to high carbonation initially, ending in a grapefruit taste. Very dry throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Very interesting beer. Unique in aroma. Flowers and herbs/spices greet the nose. Palate is fizzy. Big head. Floavor is of a floral arrangement with clove. Slight bitter finish. one to try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle-Peut-tre que cest juste moi mais cette bire ne mrite pas son mrite. Sa trop grande prsence dalcool mcoeure. Par contre, elle possde une belle apparence pleine de nuance et trs mousseuse. Elle possde un trs bo arrire-got qui rappelle les noisettes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2005
11.2oz bottle - pours a hazy amber with a reddish hue and a huge creamy head that hangs in for most of the event. Lacing is very nice, all the way down. Aroma is full of hops and strong floral nuances. The flavor, although a bit too bitter for my taste, is also quite complex, offering many nuances, such as clove, pineapple, semi-sweet spices & banana. Mouthfeel is not as rich or full as one would expect and, a bit too fizzy. Aftertaste was kind of astringent with a distinct spiciness and it was short, which suprised me. This is an interesting beer, I like it but I dont think it the great beer that so many claim it to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
This beer is always a favorite of mine. It pours a medium-dark amber color with fizzy carbonation and a light, refreshing body. The head is large, off-white and lasting and leaves a pretty lacing on the glass. The aroma includes big hops, rustic notes of hay and horse blanket and lemon zest. The flavor begins moderately bitter with a loud trumpet of hops and drops off to a smooth, long finish. Sigh. Good beer.

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