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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: 4322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle, and luckily I have an Orval Trappist glass to taste this with. Very floral aroma on first sniff, roses and carnations in particular. Some citrus aroma as well, I believe. Pours cloudy yellow brown, the color of dark caramel or toffee with some floaties. Generous white head that stays around for a good long while. Flavor is floral as well: rose water and malt and orange and pine, believe it or not. Delicious maltyness comes our even more as it warms. You can feel the alcohol in the throat and chest on the way down, warming the chest instead of the face for once. Really excellent mouth feel. Has the thickness of a good porter (read: creamy), but with the dancy, twinkling carbonation of a well made pils. I’m only getting a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but plenty of floral hop character. Leaves a very consistent lace on the side of the glass. No doubt about it, you have to drink this slowly, or it will kick you in the face. The light hop bitterness builds exponentially with larger gulps or quicker sips, but who wants to drink a $5.50 bottle of beer fast anyway? Very pleasant for fall and winter. Next time a wine drinker wants to give you guff, pass this their way. Makes most wine seem as complex as a crowbar. Strange and wonderful beer, brewed with the help of God, no doubt.


3.2
vikingbeer67 (6) - sao paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 19, 2017 does not count
Its a good beer , but considered its breeding as a Belgian Trappist beer its only pretty average good.

3.8
AaronIPAAPA (290) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 18, 2017
warka z 09.11.16. Delikatnie przegazowane, piana bardzo wysoka. Bardzo złożony aromat. Jest taka delikatna stajenność, zarówno w aromacie jak i smaku. Piwo zdecydowanie wytrawne, ściągające. Delikatnie kwaśne. Wysoko wysycone. Bardzo dobre.

3.7
biilz (207) - SPAIN - NOV 17, 2017
Аромат не совсем приятный, цитрусы слегка кислые. Пена из достаточно крупных пузырей довольно быстро спадает. На вкус пиво цитрусовое, с нехилой такой кислинкой. Также присутствует средняя травянистая горчинка. Алкоголь не чувствуется. В целом неплохо, но от самого рейтинкого Бельгийского пива, ожидал большего.

5
eugeniu7 (1) - - NOV 17, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Bottle 330 ml. White foam, orange color, a bit sour with apple and citrus flavor, bitter aftertaste, one of the best I’ve ever had. Truly a masterpiece!

4.3
samsomuk (201) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2017 Bottled 27/04/2016. Pours clear orange amber with a large, loose frothy white head. The aroma has farmyard funk, it’s fruity, malty, spicy, yeasty, light hops. The taste is wonderfully complex - fruity, malty, yeasty, spicy, bready, light grassiness. Medium bodied, generous frothy carb. Dry, funky, fruity finish. Rightly a classic. It’s not a beer I’ve always enjoyed but I’m definitely growing to appreciate its wonderful nuances now.

3.7
Tide (4348) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2017
Bottle from Alko. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, toffee, ripe fruits, a bit of hops, toast and earthy notes. Bitter finish with citrus, toffee, ripe fruits, toast, earthy notes and grass. Excellent Belgian ale.

3.6
JuanFlk80 (348) - Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 8, 2017
Botella en Tercer Tiempo Tienda (Santander) Aroma fresco con toque lupulado, suave, facil de beber, afrutada.

3.6
Beerberella (4) - FRANCE - NOV 5, 2017 does not count
A weird one. As per the commercial description "In contrast to all others....". I guess you love it or you're flummoxed. I never thought I'd say this about a beer but there's a distinct hint of thai fish sauce in the aroma! The fish on the bottle was a warning. Apparently it pays homage to the legend of Orval. Let's face it, the taste does too.

4.7
kevinmeilinger (1) - - NOV 4, 2017 does not count
Rich golden in color and phenomenal in taste and on the nose. Hoppy with a sweet aftertaste - think IPA crushed with a candied Weiss beer. Pure drinkability. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
hauxe (937) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2017
From the 2015 bottle. Pours dark orange with a tall, foamy head. Aroma is cherry, citrus, spice .. tomato, kind of funky. Taste is mildly bitter/sour with a dryness that stays constant throughout. Smoke undertones. Chalky. Finishes tart with a hint of warmth. Body is medium with a pronounced carbonation. It’s pretty good and has a fair bit of complexity but I‘m not overwhelmed.


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