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


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RATINGS: 4388   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2005
33 cL bottle. Stable and lasting smooth head on top of an orange, slightly hazy beer. Complex, spicy aroma with, amongst others, notes of citrus and cloves. Very dry flavour, traces of hazel nut and a slight sourness, long bitter aftertaste. Too much carbonation, but in any case excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (807) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. bottled on 11/18/03 best before 11/18/08.
Pours out cloudy amber with a thick long lasting head. thin sheet of stiky lace left behind. Aroma is fruity and earthy and barnyard,
Flavor is slightly sweet slightly sour with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. nicely balanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Cloudy amber with long-lasting thick foamy head. Strong fruity aroma at first, but eventually overpowered by a urine aroma. Bad bottle I guess. Fortunately the taste was pleasant; starts sweet, finishes w/ lingering dryness. Id try it again, but I had to force myself to finish this bottle b/c of the smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours with an orange body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma and flavor are sour and citrusy with a touch of barnyard and a little minty spiciness. Medium bodied, slightly warming and a touch dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Im sorry but for 5 bucks a bottle I just dont like it very much. Its orange-golden and very fizzy. Smells good but kinda tastes like what I would imagine spoiled orange soda would taste like.....but what do I know....bad bottle? Maybe Ill try it again one day to re-rate but right now I dont like it too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Cellar Temp. Crazy aroma of lilacs and wet newspapers. Stunning mountainous head. Musty, flowery old schoolbook cracked open flavors. Complex and unusual. A baseball card gum aftertaste. I see why some people dont like this, but it is very interesting though provoking and is reasonably subtle but complex, no offensively odd flavors here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25723) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, big white foamy head. Aroma is pretty complex but atleast I found it spicy and hoppy with hints of yeast. The nose was a bit like some wines. Flavour was almost the same as aroma, mainly spicy and hoppy with hints of yeast. Also noted a bit grassiness/mould in the flavour. Tastewise a very rich beer, and very wellbalanced. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Bottle with the date 21062006 on it. Immediate bubble gum upon opening of the bottle. A light haze ensues flowing over the ridged bottle top. Poured into a McChouffe trappist type glass. A very dark red/orange color with a bright white head foamy head made up of small bubbles. Nose is bubblegum again, though light spice, yeast, grass, very fresh outdoors barnyard smell like a wonderful farm where animals dont poop. First sip brings a very playful and energetic fizz to my tongue. A heavy palate compared to the picture, it fill smy mouth with more bubblegum and countryside, a light coriander hides in the background. Becomes semi yeasty and light biscuits come into play. A very nice bitterness finishes it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 15, 2005
very nice deep amber color, with a large off-white rocky head. aroma is spicy pepper, hops, sort of yeasty. flavor is more the same, the hops and the pepper flavor are the first thing you notice, but it is well balanced. it kind of reminds me of a pale ale crossed with HOTD rose haha sorry.. kind of a musty/roasty undertone which I am enjoying (reminds me of HOTD Adam or something, i cant reallly place it.). good full bodied mouth feel. kind of spendy but definitely worth it to try!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Has a heady, wine-like aroma, light copper colour, good-sized tan head and a whirlwind-like effect in the middle of the glass. A bit sour at first but balanced well by the hop and malt presence. A bit spicy and citrusy, some medicinal undertones that might turns some newbies off. Essentially, a very high-quality example of the Trappist style.

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