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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4352   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Very unique taste but sure not a bad one. This seems to be a nice unusual beer. The commercial description does a good job describing the hoppy aroma and extra dry taste. The pour produces a very nice foamy and frothy head. This beer is much better after it warms a little.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Born-on date : September 2003. Gorgeous cloudy amber color with a huge frothy white head. Strong, dry hops aroma with barnyard and spices. Dry, resinous hops flavor with spices and horse blanket/barnyard. There is also a flavor that feels like sap or resin, maybe it comes from the hops. Bitter finish that dies when the beer gets warmer. Full body, lively carbonation. Wow, it has been a while since my last Orval and I feel like Im drinking it for the first time, realising what a wonderfull complex beer it is.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2004
wow, what a great beer. Head will last forever. smell is wonderful and the tast is even better. Hard to explain the tase..maybe some vanilla with citrus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 rerate. 33cl bottle. Nice frothy white dissipating head, cloudy amber/deep orange color. The aroma is beautiful. Wow. The palate is all over the tongue, ultra complex finish... you can fill the effects in the tip of the tongue to the back, in the middle and the sides. Really impressive. Reminds me of oude geuze. Too complex to desribe. Perfumy. Worth the 5$ for the 33cl bottle. Every time I taste it, my rating goes up. Im going down to the liqour store to buy the last five bottles as soon as they open.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Bottle. This one grew on me as time passed. Amber yellow color. Big whitish head that lingers. Intense lacing. Peppery aroma with alcohol and yeast, touches of fruit, nice bits of horsey Brett. kick in and blend nicely. Very dry as described. Not overly hoppy, perhaps over the top for a Belgian ale, but nothing offensive. Seems to mellow over time in glass. A damn fine product!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle. Great carbonation, pours a big frothy head that slowly collapses, refill, let the head collapse again, repeat once more. Beautiful pour; earthy, yeasty aroma. Earthy, mulchy flavors, reminiscent of Oerbier, but dry not sweet. Great hop presence for a belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a hazy deep amber with a huge frothy yellowish head. The aroma is floral and spicy. Tastes good, lots of fruitiness, some alcohol presence, spices and slightly citric hops. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a deep opaque orange with a foamy white head that forms a creamy island and leaves sticky lace. It has a pleasant nose, full of perfume with hoppy and orange citrus notes. The body is complex but thinner than expected with a dry and lightly acidic finish. It's surprisingly alcholic, for its strength, in both body and aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Intense aroma, very spicy, tons of hops, amd a good dose of fruit in the nose. Pours a nice dull orange with a tall ivory head with large bubbles. Flavor is very complex with an initial layer of lightly malty fruity spice, then followed with a spicy floral hopped bitterness, then finishes with a very dry, floral hop finish. The carbonation really brings this brew to life and keeping the taste trailing on and on in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
This was amoung the collection of beers I brought home from the trip to Brussels, which I didnt try while I was there (All for under 1 euro a piece). Upon first taste, I was disappointed, mostly because I wasnt expecting it. Its very different from the other belgiums I have had. As I finish the final sip now, I am certainly impressed. The flavor is extremely hoppy. It has a very difficult taste to describe, mostly because it is so different from most of the other beers I have had.

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