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


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RATINGS: 4300   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO (6.9%). Pours a hazy deep orange with a lot of fine white head that dissipates a bit slowly. Smell is a bit sweet with some caramel, some grassy hops, and some definite yeast funky bready earthiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium with a whole lot of frothy carbonation in the mouth. Taste is hard to describe, a bit sweet and acidic at first, the carbonation takes a strong hold and then tastes a bit bitter, and after the carbonation recedes you’re left with a bitter hoppy flavour. Very interesting, though not really up my alley.

Piepenhenrich (1157) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
Probably the best beer I tried (so far), definitely top 5. An unrivaled complexity of malty, hoppy, herbal, spicy, sweet, sour flavors, altogether very well balanced to a marvelous composition. It does, however, not meet everybody's gusto. I served it to friends once, and they left it unfinished, returning to their Lager. But I love it. Plus I do appreciate in the highest possible way that in the Abbaye d'Orval they brew one beer and nothing else, no 27 variations, just that one beer, therefore aptly named "Orval". Period.

rumore (697) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 6, 2017
33cl bottle at El Purgatorio, Cartagena, Spain. 6.2% alcohol. Pours hazy loaded gold with abundant and persistent white foam, irregular. Aroma is resinous and grass. Body is kind of light, with abundant carbonation, maybe excessive. Taste is mostly bitter and dry, very low sweetness. Finish is relatively short and dry, with some residual bitterness.

beetslover (5) - - OCT 5, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2017 Nice tea colour. Sweet taste, a little bit like Coca Cola candy. Strong honey smell and taste. Light bitterness. Aftertaste is quite bitter though. As for the amount % it's really smooth, and tricky;)

kajser27 (1959) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 5, 2017
Unclear, orange-amber colored, medium off white frothy had, nice lacing and long lasting. Aroma is of some malt, bit caramel, lots of fruits, horse blanket and funky notes, spicy, yeasty. Taste is medium sweet malt, some caramel, lots of fruity notes, bit vinous, spicy, bit citrus notes, plenty of funky horse blanket, some tart notes, yeasty, light-medium bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. (bottle)

Daboch (97) - Gdansk, POLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Kolor pomarańcz wchodzący w bursztyn. Piana wysoka, średnio pęcherzykowa. Piwo pięknie prezentuje się w dedykowanym szkle. Aromat intensywny, końska derka, goździki, chmiel, trochę karmelu. W smaku wytrawne wyraźnie ziołowe, trochę goździków, posmak rumu, z ładnie zaznaczoną goryczką. Od lat niezmienne, wybitne

ehaak26 (658) - - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle from A.J.'a Beer Warehouse. Aroma is peppery and flowery with some earthy yeast.

Mariox (291) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Rocznik 2006. W aromacie estry, ciemne owoce, drożdże i lekki banan. W smaku lekko słodkie i kwaśne, goryczki niewiele. Bardzo dobrze ułożony alkohol, ale pewnie dlatego, że leżakowane 11 lat. Ogólnie świetne piwo po 11 latach leżakowania.

Emelie (172) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2017
Ljust brun, klar med tätt lätt beiget skum. Doft: Päron, äpple, jäst, lätt brödig, men mer frisk och fruktig, lätta citrontoner, lite kryddig. Smak:brödig, äpple/päron, lite alkohol, lite brett, aningen metall men inget som stör, torr, allt samspelar väl! Mycket trevligt!

renatoavo (1) - - SEP 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2017 Cerveja de forte personalidade, com aroma de lúpulo que envolve o dulçor do malte com elegância. Sua espuma é extravagante, quase obscena de tão saborosa e cremosa. Sabor seco e delicioso. Com o passar do tempo e aumento de sua temperatura, seus aromas passam a ter caráter mais selvagem, rústico, campestre, pouco convidativos ao próximo gole.

GhostS (484) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 27, 2017
Aromă slabă, liniștită, note acrișoare, puțin spre drojdii sălbatice (dar n-ajunge acolo), malț ușor înăcrit și drojdii sălbatice (dar nu-i lambic, își respectă distanța), ușor murături de roșii verzi, mult malț, drojdii, ceva ieburi/frunze murate. Gust foarte ușor, malț puțin înăcrit, puțin borș de tărâțe, ușoară dulceață de malț de grâu, puține drojdii din murături. Cred că de aici pornește un Orval, astea-i sunt ”originile”. Un început de lambic și o bere belgiană ”stranie”. Foarte bună.

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