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


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RATINGS: 4463   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours with a very frothy head. Very cloudy - a dark tan color. Aroma is very "medicinal" - smell like a doctors office. The taste is no less promising. A cough syrup-like taste overwhelms the tongue and finishing with a bitter and strong aftertaste that just wont go away. Not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4598) - Holbk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Bottle at Novotel, Gent. This time I like the bitterness much better. Bottle, at home. Dark orange with large white head, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Its to bitter, absolutely not my favourite abbey ale. 7-4-5-3-13/3,2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"eagle had it right wow this beer was hard to pour the head was huge, the lacing was awsome. Little bit sour, very floral smell and taste. Over all not a bad beer at all."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast that has pepper and mint in it. Color is a burnt orange color with brown trim and a strong head. The flavor is bland and bitter with only minor notes of yeast and pepper. This beer is way overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
5 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Feb 08: Appears a murky orange brown colour with a foamy head and large bubbles. Aroma of cooked vegetables and spices, particularly nutmeg, some medicinal type aromas there too. Rather strange flavour, celery possibly, very complex. The vegetables, nutmeg and also five spice come to mind. But its also fresh and hoppy, a little salty and some seafood flavours possibly? Lastly, some perfume, makeup and soap flavours. Fairly high carbonation, but not too much at this alcohol level and temperature. Overall quite an unusual taste, one is enough for me. Im afraid to say I didnt particularly enjoy it but Ill still rate it reasonably well for its complexity and originality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Even though the bottle has the fun shape I was expecting the usual solid trapist ale but this is much more. Immediately the smell is of grapes and prunes. The flavor is complex. The usuaul trapist alcahol flavor is there but all the fruit and dry finish combine for a very complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 27, 2005
very nice head formation with excellant lacing. nice rich gold color. nose consisted of clove, grapefruit, spice, citirc. nice grapefruit, spice, yeasty taste. very nice brew, will defenitely purchase again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
wrecktem (37) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
Very pronounced foamy head. Super-hoppy aroma. Flavor is extremely dry and tongue-tinglingly hoppy with hints of grape. An extremely satisfying beer, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Extremely cloudy red brown - chunks of swirling clouds. Nice fizzy off white head. Skunky grapefruit aroma, skunk in a not quite bad way, like a clove fruit skunk but wonder if somethings gone wrong? It smells potent and weird, thats for sure. Tastes extremely medicinal and odd. Sour, ashes. Mine is not sweet or fruity at all. Suspect I got a bad bottle or batch. I bought it froma fridge case at Latimer deli and had it in my fridge for a month. This is not good though. I must have got screwed, this cant be in the 98th percentile with 866 ratings if everyones tastes like mine did. I agree with the guy who noted metal tastes and stale hops. Like an unsweetened grpefruit juice, a not quite ripe grapefruit perhaps. It is tart, but I dont see the weet. I dont understand this beers appeal and I think Im pretty open minded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3250) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Had this one before, but figured I better have the other one in my fridge in order to rate it. Pours out a very nice golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Very drinkable sweet flavor of fruits (cant place all of them) and some malt and maybe a bit of sugary taste on the finish. A very good brew, could drink this stuff all night...that is if I had the money to do that

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