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100
style
Brewed by Brasserie dOrval
Style: Belgian Ale
Florenville - Villers-d.-Orval, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4301   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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3.3
Ferris (16274) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle - Spicy and light malts. Clear dark gold with a rich beige head. Touch of ginger and spice with light malts.

3.8
MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottle, 6.2%. Nice hop aroma, good and teaish. Cloudy orange colour. Big stable head. Highly carbonated. Nicely hoppy flavour with a pleasant bitterness. The flavour is not as aromatic as the aroma, but nice enough. The aftertaste is also quite bitter with a little aroma hops. 7 3 7 3 18

Bottle, 5.2%. Best before 1993, 17 years ago. Lemony brett aroma. Cloudy dark orange colour. Small stable creamy white head. The flavour is citric and bretty. A lot like the aroma. The aftertaste is slightly moldy, dry brettiness. The finishing bitterness gets a little rough. Definitely still drinkable. 7 3 6 3 16

3.9
bhensonb (15609) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Aroma of sour and medium dark malts. Also yeast. Also hop. Ripe apricot color with foamy, lacing white head. Starts a bit tart and sour, moves to a sweet hit, followed by serious sour. Very dry. There is a nice finish which has some sour, and some bitter. Really different? Wish I could afford this everyday.

4.6
Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Bottled on 03/02/2011, served in a Westvleteren chalice. Pours clear orange-amber, with a massive foamy off-white head. The nose is over-ripe banana, dried pineapple, fig, nutmeg, fruit cake and more subtle notes of grass and hay. The taste is barnyard, hay, grass, leaf, tart citrus fruit (tangerine, peach, grapefruit, lemon pith), saltiness, brett definitely evident and lingering alcohol warmth, with a bitter-dry finish. Med-full body, mod carbonation and voluptuous mouth-feel. Really nice mouth-puckering tartness to it. Complex, yet still subtle and classy.

3.7
djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange copper color with a large frothy off white head. The aroma is a sweet fruit and floral notes. Very good lacing on this one. The taste is very dry with sweet hops, a very well done belgian ale.

4.3
Ratman197 (15208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Bottle (dated 4 1996)poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, cookie, light vanilla and a hint of leather. Palate was light bodied, crisp lightyly dry and tart. Flavors of fruitiness, straw, cookie, light carmel and light leather with a crisp lingering lightly dry slightly tart finish.
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a large lasting off white head. Aromas of sour apple, citrus, some grassiness, yeast and some earthiness. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of light apple, hint of spice, yeast and a bit of horseblanket with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish. Aroma 8 Appearence 4 Flavor 7 Palate 4 Overall 15 Total3.8

4.3
gunnfryd (15176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Fruity aroma. Fruity , alcohol and some cellar notes in the flavour.Beutiful beer.

3.9
Borup (15157) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with nice white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, spice, yeast and hops.

5
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottel at DØE meeting, Ølbaren. 6.2%. Light yellow, white head. A little sour smell, fruity. Sour and dry hop dominates the taste, with some peber. Not quiet my taste.(6/3/6/3/11)...... Re-Rate: Ok it’s time for a Re-Rate. Bottle (29-April-2009) Cloudy amber - white head. Nice bretty, lovely bretty, soapy, dryness, light hoppy, fruity, crispy, cactus. Lovely. ..... Ok jeg kan ikke trække den længere: 5.0

3.9
imdownthepub (15130) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle conditioned, 330 ml, aged 4 yrs. Gold amber with big white head, sl haze. The initial aroma is terrific, if not particularly beery. There is vanilla and cloves and lots of herbs. The aging was deliberate to attemt to get a smoother beer and it works, I like the young beer but love the older, there is a herby floral mixture of flavours with juicy citric fruits. The body of the beer fills out with a viny richness. A terrific beer and worth the wait.


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