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

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RATINGS: 4353   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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4.3
jonas (8530) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 young bottle
Lemongras and nutmeg aroma. Hazy orange-amber, sparkling champagne bubbles, huge off-white fluffy head. Orangepeel flavors dominate, grape acidity, nutmeg and a spicy dustiness which increases as more yeast is added. Exits on a spicy yeast note. The particular bottle I had seemed to be quite carbonated which resulted in a bit fizzy mouthfeel.

3.6
dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2001
Probably the best aroma of any beer i have tried with an equally nice appearance. Then it just was ok after that. Seemed to be lacking in flavor.

4.3
JBowz99 (26) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2001
My first Trappist ale. Did it live up to the hype? Yes. Will I buy another $8 bottle? Probably not anytime soon.

3.2
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2001
nice bottle, great glass, but in my opinion not the best of the trapists....

4.4
canary dog (784) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 I need to re-rate this beer. It really has grown on me. Yeasty, spicy and slightly fruity profiles intermingle with a well-balanced foundation of freshness and richness. It’s high-class yummy. Orangey. Still the best head in the business-- it is second to none. Rich and thick foam, speckled with spice goblins, eventually settles into a solid meringue that doesn’t leave your side. Outstanding. Beware the brewery-- especially a Trappist one-- that only makes one brew!

4
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2001
Maybe my mistake was having a Rodenbach Grand Cru preceding this, however it just didn't quite do it for me. There was a medicinal flavor that I just never quite grew to enjoy. Maybe that will change with a couple of more...

4
buxutis (4) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAY 21, 2001 does not count
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4.7
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2001
Deep amber/orange, cloudy body. Dry, bitter, fruity, citric. One of the best and most complex brews in the world.

3.7
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2001
I found the aroma waaaaay beter than the fluid. All that i expected from the aroma was missing from the fluid. The texture is nice. It is too dry(flavorless) for me, sorry fans.

3.5
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 26, 2001
A very middle of the road Belgian ale, which makes it better than most American beers. Still, the lack of robust flavor is disappointing. Chimay Cinq Cents is better. Why does Michael Jackson think this is the best beer in the world?


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