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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 4352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (974) - rebro, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2016
Flaska frn SB. ljust gul med massa smutsvitt skum. Tydlig funk och humle i doften med stall, lder och citrus. Ltt och bra munknsla, smak av citrus, lite skumbanan och brett.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martythesmarty (202) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber with thick white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of strawberries, honey and flowers. Taste is rich with notes of strawberries.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoofproofTom (9) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2016 does not count
Smells funky, fruity and lightly sour. Also tones of herbs and spices in the smell. Light brown and somewhat clear. Head is white but disappears quickly. Taste is Brett, sour, dry, fruity. Somewhat dry and bitter tones join in after a sip. Aftertaste is quite neutral, and slightly dry. Quite carbonated with a oily body. Overall a unique and interesting Belgian Ale, and one of the best Trappist beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Szopeen (372) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Złocista barwa, piwo bardzo się spieniło, trochę za bardzo, piana drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko dziurawiąca się. Niezły aromat, banan, guma balonowa. W smaku wytrawne, trochę fenolowe, lekko pustawe, goryczka średnio niska.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (958) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
The Best Belgian Ale. 07/2015. Gut ein Jahr alt ist das Bier fast unwiderstehlich lecker. Extrem andersartig kruterig, spritzig und tripelig gehts zur Sache. Kraftvoll und erhaben. Mehr spter....🙂. 0,33/40DKK in der Klosterkaelderen, Roskilde.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukka19 (846) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark orange cloudy color, thick white head. Aroma is funky, bretty, lot of fruits, oranges, zest, spices, floral notes. Taste is solid malty, bretty, oranges, spices, zest, funky notes. Decent hoppy, dry finish, very good balanced

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonBlok (341) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: hazy orangy golden with big white head. Aroma is funky with a tart note, typical for lambic, floral notes, light malts. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness and slightly acidic. Caramel, grapes, spice, mint. Finish is long and quite floral. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
copestx (115) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2016
The gold standard. Whats left to say? Perfect hoppy/funk balance. And only gets better up to 2-3 years, where the funk takes on more complex sour characteristics and the bitterness fades away. Having tried all the way up to 5 years old, there is a noticeable drop-off after 3 years (IMO), with 2 years seeming to be the magic number. Love this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carlorox (19) - siena, ITALY - SEP 3, 2016
A mio parere una birra dalla personalit spiccata e sicuramente con un sapore poco comune e riconoscibile. Non per granch complessa e si scopre un po troppo velocemente. Inoltre la persistenza del gusto amaro risulta troppo insistente per i miei gusti.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaserov (281) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 3, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2016 Un clasicazo. Color ambar con capa de espuma blanca de ms de dos dedos de grosor. Vara mucho dependiendo del tiempo que haya pasado desde su fecha de embotellado. He probado distintas Orval de distintas fechas y la diferencia es ms que notable. Si est cerca del embotellado suele ser ms lupulada, tanto en aroma como en sabor, con menos restos en la botella y con un carcter ms acido y muy seco, que recuerda al champn o la sidra. Si ha pasado ms tiempo, esa acidez se va matizando y convirtindose en dulzor y los restos en el interior de la botella son ms notables. Segn un experto en Orval, cuando han pasado dos aos de la fecha de caducidad es cuando mejor est. No creo que vaya a tener la posibilidad de comprobarlo, pero de todas formas es un gusto tomarse esta cerveza en cualquier momento haya pasado el tiempo que haya pasado desde su embotellado. Si tuviera que poner alguna pega dira que es una cerveza demasiado carbonatada. En boca es efervescente, como si en vez de estar saboreando lquido se estuvieran saboreando burbujas.


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