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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,900 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3900
Reviews: 2078
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%


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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Keffa

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/2/11.

Live Review.

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber color, 2 finger off white head settles to a full cap after a couple minutes, lacing is pretty standard for a Belgian, copious and lasting. Not what I was expecting for a "Belgian pale ale" but still a good looking beer.

S: Odd, yet good. Sweet bread, some light yeasty phenols, and pepper. Not what I expected from the words others have wrote for this beer.

T: Even less like what I expected. Very, very slight tart note is taken over almost immediately by a sweet malt backbone along with a slight fruitiness. Pepper is again a strong component, as is a bit of powdery yeast. Funk is very restrained, almost to the point of me questioning if this beer has Brett in it, until the dry finish reminds me that it is indeed in here. Some alcohol is noticeable in flashes here and there, but it's not something that detracts from the beer any.

M: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly coating on the palate. Decent.

O: Good. Not exactly what I was expecting from the talk that I've seen and heard about it. Not nearly the Brett bomb that it's been described as. Good beer, a classic, but not sure that I'd drink another one fresh, I may buy another and sit it in the fridge for a couple years and see how it progresses.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:43:15 | More by Keffa
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Split this bottle. The beer itself pours a cloudy hazy orange-tan. One glass had impressive foaming and long head retention, while the other glass had only a thin tight layer of bubbles. (I have both a rinse with cold water prior to pouring.)

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Dated 10/02/2011 but purchased before then. Does it mean February 10, 2011?

First time drinking this iconic beer. This is a moment for the record books! Or, at the least, Beer Advocate.

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