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


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RATINGS: 4329   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeterA (342) - - MAR 23, 2008
Strawberries, cherries, and peaches in the aroma. The head was big and white, the beer itself was a medium orange color. The first thing that hit me when I drank it was that it wasn’t well balanced, the alcohol feel on the tounge was a little bit too much. After it warmed a bit (I think it was served too cold), the fruit flavors came out and it became more enjoyable. I’ll have to try this again in the future to see if maybe my rating that’s lower than most is due to handling issues.

mandrilo00 (160) - CROATIA - DEC 9, 2017
HŽV................. .................. ........

Sjefahoy (7) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 Het is als Hagrid die de deur intrapt om jou je ticket naar je vrijheid te overhandigen en ondertussen je plaaggeesten op hun nummer zet. De marinier die uit de dood opstaat om jou door de nacht heen te helpen terwijl de vijand vergeefs je schuttersputje bestormt. Dit bier komt binnen en je weet dat het goed is. Zo'n bier

evannell (1438) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 4, 2017
Nie spodziewałbym się po Trapistach takiej bomby. Sour, delikatny dzikus, dość wysoki chmiel. Super kombinacja. I to belgijskie, gładkie podłoże. Bardzo dobrze gra to ze sobą. Chcę jeszcze.

PaleAle79 (1) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2017 does not count
One of my all time favorites. Bone dry ale that has golden-brown color and somewhat hazy, yeasty appearance. Refreshing fruity & herbal hoppiness. A somewhat tart aftertaste that lingers on (tart mainly in a stylistic, positive way).

tmdaines (160) - Stretford, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2017
A lovely Trappist beer. ABV seems relatively low and this aids the versatility of the beer. Not too rich, good aroma of dried fruit and toffee.

th60 () - - DEC 2, 2017
Out of the bottle came a hazy orange liquid with a frothy head. Strong aroma of unripe fruit and definitely some phenolic notes. Expecting my sweetish Trappist ale, I was taken by surprise by its dry, almost sour notes and noticeable bitterness. Not unlike a Saison I brewed some years ago during a hot spell in summer, so I assume fairly high fermentation temperature.
A complex beer, not bad at all. I might still get to really like it, but it will certainly be an acquired taste.

adamnase (932) - Kronoby, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2017
Bottle from Alko (ABV 6,9%). Pours dark orange coloured with an huge white head. Aroma is sour fruits and hops. high carbonation. Flavour is fruity, hint of strawberry and apples, with some citrus in there also. Dry finish

p0urmeac0ld0ne (310) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - NOV 27, 2017
Bizarre cutting cider taste, more like a sour beer than a Trappist (although officially Trappist). Easily the strangest tasting out of the Trappists that I have hunted down thus far, and I think I will need to try another few times to fully understand what is going on here. I guess Orval is kinda like the David Lynch of beers, if I could make such a lofty and preposterous statement. I look forward to returning to it and trying again. Bottle from the Old Nickel, Amsterdam.

defabant (33) - ITALY - NOV 26, 2017
Dal colore giallo tendente all'arancione, presenta una schiuma corposa e persistente. Aroma leggermente fruttato. Sapore molto particolare e originale, corposo con un retrogusto secco. Da riprovare.

deepdrinker (316) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Great Trappist beer. Sampled many times from the bottle and it never fails.

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