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

Not Rated.
Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,177 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,177
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 328 | 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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TheCondor

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I just assumed this beer would be on the Beers of Fame list, well I assumed wrong. It has not yet garnered the necessary 2000 reviews. So I am trying to help that along with this review. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Pours an awesome hazy copper color with a big, bubbly, soapy two finger head with decent retention, probably a few minutes worth. Leaves little lacing. Carbonation is immediately seen inside the glass. Packaging is very simple, but beer shows an excellent presentation.

Smell - I can smell the beer as I pour it, you hardly need to stick your nose close to it to smell it. Fruits, sugar, candies, heavy phenol and clove aroma, exceptionally strong aroma. Complex and delicious.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty closely. The initial rush of carbonation on the palate is followed by the sweetness. Bitter on the beginning, then supplanted by sweet candies, oranges and banana, and finally the clove. Super funky, you could tell this was Belgian with your eyes closed. Very solid. Beer gets more bitter and funky as it warms, don't let it get too warm though.

Mouthfeel - One of my favorite parts of the beer. Heavily carbonated, very dry and crisp on the finish, with the cloves and a bit of bitterness rounded out by a sweet sensation on the palate. Outstanding finish.

Overall - This beer belongs on the Beers of Fame, and it will make it there as soon as it reaches the cusp of that 2000th review. It is an outstanding beer, one I would be more than happy to drink over and over again. Very happy I bought it. Condor recommended and approved.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:11:03 | More by TheCondor
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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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