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Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,156 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,156
Reviews: 2,101
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 180
Gots: 319 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is 6.2% when released in Europe, US labels say 6.9% due to labeling laws.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Reviews by Intrinsic:
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orval has the most intense head I've ever seen in a beer. This is likely because I served it too cold, but it persists even after the beer warms up. Its very frothy, almost like an Orange Julius but in beer form. It has a very nice cloudy amber colour.

Right away the smell really sets this beer apart from others. It has strong citrus notes, highlighted with spice and hops that come together in an almost perfect bouquet.

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. This beer is everything that a beer should be in terms of taste. Almost no sweetness at all, the up-front bitter hops assault your taste buds in a very pleasurable way. No flavour out of the myriad different notes overpowers the others. It is perfectly balanced.

This beer is very crisp, clean and dry. In fact, even 30 seconds later my taste buds are still trying to recuperate from the dryness of each sip. My only complaint (and I have a feeling this is my problem) is that it doesn't sit very well in my stomach. If I could drink more than one, and it wasn't so darn expensive, I'd drink nothing but this beer. Orval deserves the "world class" title it has.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:15:14 | More by Intrinsic
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Aroma of musty yeast is the big nose impression, a little fruitiness, Pleasant,but mostly a yeast aroma, very distinctive and unlike any other aroma. Different from any of the other Trappist Ales, even to my less than perfect nose (I often don't smell the same things that appear in many reviews)

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,156 ratings.