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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4437   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 I must rate this beer from having it fresh in Belgium where it is much different. Very grassy Saaz hop nose with candied lemon and a touch of Bretty green apple. Pillowy head that makes your nose extremely pleased with the gas release. a different beer altogether than we get here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2005
i can definitely taste the bitter orange. at first i found it repulsive. but after a couple more sippings i learn to enjoy its unique style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours out a coppery color with the finest beaded head I have ever seen. Looked like whipped cream or something. Lacing all the way down the glass. Spicy, almost winey aroma. A bit more hop balanced than the other trappists. Im not big on the Brettanomyces flavors in the finish though. Tastes a little too much like barnyard for my liking. The beer is great, right up until that last little horse flavored finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2005
33cl bottle, BBD 17 07 2007...This is the oldest bottle I have in my cellar...today it would be just over 2.5years in the bottle, or about halfway to that BBD. Cellar temp. Pour into Orval Chalice. Copper color supreme, thick head, racing bubbles, lots. Smells of perfumey musk, sweet lovely flowers of an unknown origin. If I smelled a woman like this, I would do anything for her...well...slight leather and straw round out the aroma that seems to fill my basement. I cant express the mellow elegance of this beer. Rusticly refined...light effervescence, a bit bitter, malts are noticable, spicy as tarnation. This beer just whisks down my throat. The head holds and leaves some nice lace. THis beer is truly an experience to dazzle the senses. luckily, the Cannonball Aderley Sextet featuring Yusef Lateef and Joe Zawinul is playing on my stereo...I think the track list somewhat decribes this beer...Autumn Leaves, Dizzys Business, Primitivo, Jive Samba, This here, Bohemia After Dark, Never say Yes, Peter & the Goats, New Dehli...Many like Orval best fresh, but this one has made a huge impact on me. If only all of them turn out so lovely with time, Ill be quite happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2005
Bottled. Orange colour, with a gigantic, lacey head. Spicy, orangey aroma. Bitter and hoppy taste. Citric and fruity, mainly orange, and slightly yeasty taste. At first it comes across as a bit stale or "dusty", but as it warms up, it seems to get fresher. A really fine beer, but this beer is firstly, pretty bitter and secondly, reminiscient of a belgian wit. Two little flaws, from my humble standpoint, in this otherwise excellent beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lunkie (1883) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
Spiced chemical aroma. Cloudy amber red colour with good head. Chemical malt flavour with bitter aftertaste. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
bottled 7/2004 - hazy golden color with an enormeous white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Citrus peel aroma, yeastly flowery. Spicy, citrus start. Extremely dry, and nicely hoppy to finish. There isnt much sweetness in this beer, which makes it a bit refreshing. An interesting brew, and I seem to like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Burnished gold with a dramatic rocky head that kept rising but never overflowed the glass, this has an aroma like flowers and dried orange peel and a pleasantly dry floral spiciness, everything laced with mellow yeast. Ahhhh....a nice way to begin the cocktail hour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
I am fixn on finding out what the fuss is all about.Pours an apricot color,a nice ripe one ready to eat.Has a nice layer of eggshell colored head.Aroma is somewhat fruity but also has a musky dirty sock odor.Way too carbonated.and has a nasty bitter-sour taste.Every thing here is an undertone compared to the nasty bitter sourness.Some spice and fruit but I just wasted 4.99 + tax.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1628) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Bottled on 07/10/04. Pours a hazy watermelon color with HUGE fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of hops, yeast, some fruit and spices. Taste is not what I expected. Its all yeast and hops. Fairly bready taste. There is a slight hint of the spices and fruit at the beginning but the finish is all straw, grass and some pepper. Kinda dry too. BAD bitter aftertaste in the back of my throat.

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