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


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RATINGS: 4486   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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kamilinho (185) - Toruń, POLAND - APR 21, 2017
barnyard, peach,fruits,citrus, golden, cloudy, rocky head, white foam, medium bitterness, medium body, thin feel, fizzy, bitter,

teddybearontap (17) - - APR 21, 2017
Appearance - nice, reddish-brown amber color. Almost copper. Beautiful carbonation that almost reminds me of a good sparkling wine. Very inviting. Aroma - funky farmhouse smell upfront of hay and horse stables. Citrussy, almost white wine-y. Very surprising when you first serve it, but what a welcome surprise. Taste - citrussy, champagne-y funkiness leaning towards green apples combined with hay and a hint of horse stable. Grassy, floral hoppiness. A really crisp and ’green’ taste. With a beautiful hoppy bitterness in the after taste that makes you go ’yep, it’s still beer, though’. It is so exquisitely well-balanced, something which I miss in most other sours I’ve tried. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Palate - nothing of note. Not watery. Not syrup-y. A nice sparkly carbonation like those in sparkling wines. Really well done. Overall - this is still my favorite beer. It is the beer that got me interested in craft beer. Upon first serve it simply smacks you in the face with its uniqueness, without being over-the-top. It is so amazingly well balanced in its farmhouse characteristics and its beer-y/hoppiness, and I haven’t really found any other beer that I have gotten so utterly smitten about. It reminds me of my childhood hometown: it is simply the countryside in a glass. If Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony were a beer. This would be it.

szymonskc (881) - Skórcz, POLAND - APR 19, 2017
Zapach średnio intensywny, stajnia, skóra, owoce, cytrusy, siano, przyprawy, ziemia. Kolor pomarańczowy, mętne. Piana obfita, drobna, trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku lekka słodycz, średnia pełnia, zioła, trawa, ziemia, siano, stajnia, cytrusy, chleb. Goryczka średnia, wysycenie wysokie.

Deser (17) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2017
The legend.. Never been a huge fan. Now I try it again after a while. I have here a 7-8 months old Orval, bought at the abbey and kept in cellar conditions. I see a dark amber coloured beer with a thick creamy foam. Funky "orval" aromas that I still cannot put into words. Bitter and dry (after)taste. Always lacked body, especially carbon for me. Still not my thing, maybe next time.

handmuffin (38) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2017
Served from bottle into glass at home. Gushes even when opened gently, pours with enormous seemingly endless white head. Medium amber in color, with orangish tint, hazy and medium low clarity. Bright spicy, fruity aroma with Brett barnyard funkiness in the background. Flavor is just as complex: yeasty spice and fruit with wet hay earthiness. Medium full body with lively carbonation and a refreshing slightly dry finish. Overall this beer is absolutely great but very different from what is expected of a Trappist ale. The addition of Brett produces an enticing funky and sour aroma and flavor that pairs well with the more common Belgian spicy, fruity yeast. I do not get much hop aroma or flavor so this is probably an older bottle, so I guess I have a reason to try it again!

jandorris (673) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 16, 2017
Piana bardzo obfita, opada po dłuższej chwili, barwa pomarańczowa. W aromacie kwiaty, żółte owoce, trochę mokrej skóry i mokrego siana. W smaku chlebowe, słodowe.

castor010 (264) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 15, 2017
Aromat - lekka stajnia, kwasek, morela. Generalnie czuć, że Belgia. Piana - olbrzymia, drobna i średnia, po chwili robią się wielkie bąble i zaczyna powoli opadać; zostaje na szkle. W smaku skóra, stajnia, lekki karmel wraz z owocami typu śliwka; skórka od chleba.

Gehbe (442) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - APR 13, 2017
Bottle. Hazy golden with a frothy white head. Lovely fruity and funky aroma with spicy and zesty notes. Saison-like bitterish taste with a tiny dash of sourness and crispy bitter finish. Light body, frothy texture. Amazing!

carleshxc (11) - Sabadell, SPAIN - APR 12, 2017
One of my first beers that I've tasted and one of my favourites ones. It's simple but genuine. Great trappist beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Tinaccio (333) - Milano, ITALY - APR 9, 2017
When I’m short of beer at home, this is a secure choice from the Carrefour near home in Milan. Definitely the best beer that it has (hidden jem among tons of Heineken, Bud, Moretti, etc.). So, last time, 330 ml bottle from Carrefour, Milano, Italy. Colour is cloudy amber orange with a huge, solid and lasting white head. Aroma: difficult. At the beginning is smell more than aroma. Funky. But soon nose is spice, hops, vanilla and lot of herbs. Taste is herbs, leafs, grass, flowers and fruit. Complex. Medium body and average carbonation.

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