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


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RATINGS: 4353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 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.

wombat23 (2168) - Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2018
11.2 oz. bottle. Bottled on 7/17/2015. ABV - 6.9%. Pours a hazy deep gold hue with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is green grapes, funk, mild brett, sour fruits. Taste follows nose. A bit tart, cherry notes. Fairly dry finish. Really good.

cropsy (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2018 does not count
One of the most flavorful brews that I have been fortunate enough to try! My go-to for a nice, solid Belgium Ale.

MiguelEtc () - Mostoles, SPAIN - FEB 4, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2018 Como una Karmeliet pero más seca, y al más de sabor a rebozado. Pero en plan bien. Aunque no mejor que la karmeliet. No comas nada mientras la bebes.

ansalon (4305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2018
Pours hazy amber with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, gooseberry, green grapes, farmhouse notes. Taste is herbal and floral with light honey and bready notes and mineral and esters. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

trossfletcher (5) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2018 does not count
This is my all time favourite beer, if I really had to choose only one. Love the complex phenolic profile.

Berech (21) - Casatenovo, ITALY - JAN 28, 2018
I don't know, this beer is interesting for sure, a classic none the less. But i can't put myself to really like it. I find it filing and corny after a sip or two. Positive: it's very nice to look with it's big head and a nice colour, it has a unique aroma.

dchad56 (591) - - JAN 28, 2018
Bottle - good pleasant aroma. Slightly cloudy amber with large white head. Good palate. Very nice tasting - slight yeasty, slight like a wheat beer. Good finish. Enjoyed.

s.s.csommelier (1) - - JAN 27, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2018 Cerveza belga de las mejores de su estilo,de las mejores de su estilo,buen sabor y aroma.

rf0263 (28) - - JAN 26, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2018 Mi aspettavo onestamente di più. Un po' troppo particolare, può non piacere. Voto personale 7.0/10

NateH10s (104) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2018
2015 33cl bottle into Orval glass A - lightly hazy orange, with very long lasting white head A -barnyard funk, sour cherries T - heavy sour, no sweet, mild bitter P - full body, slick thin texture, lively carbonation, very dry hoppy finish O - enjoyable different Trappist if drunk slowly and with foreknowledge that Bret was added, lambic like with dry mild hoppy bitter finish

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