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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

4,184 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,184
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 189
Gots: 331 | FT: 9
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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MJR

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian goblet, this beer shows off a beatiful copper red/orange color sitting under a huge fluffy, white head.

If you're not used to drinking Belgian beers, the smell alone is enough to keep you away...not me though. I love the unique taste that these beers have to offer and this beer is a stunning example of the Belgian brewer's craft. The nose is faintly floral and has an organic quality to it: leather, musty attic, horse farm, whatever you want to call it.

The flavor is a wonderful balance of light, fruity esters, hop flavors, and that same organic flavor that showed up in the nose. Smooth, extremely dry finish. Great mouthfeel...massive carbonation doesn't get in the way of the flavor opening itself up fully.

Drinkability really depends on how well you like this style of beer. My combined love for this style and the intense dryness of the finish demand another round.

One of the best Belgian beers I've encountered so far. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 12:37:58 | More by MJR
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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,184 ratings.