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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,160 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 2,102
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 181
Gots: 321 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 oz vase like brown bottle, best before date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Orange amber (very light haze) in colour with a magnificent white head ... rocky and dense, leaving rings lace all over.

Smell: Hints of juniper, lemon and flowers.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with a lightish body though the mouth feel appears to be full up front. Touch of lemon rind with a fresh cut hay flavour, hop bitterness makes a snappy bite. Horse blanket and other medicinal phenols over take the tongue for a bit also. Tart from start to finish with hints of cider and other tart fruits. The finish seems to be everlasting in its dryness.

Notes: The sheer complexity of this fine ale is mind boggling ... one of the originals. This brew is all old school ... dating back to the 1100's. If you are into Belgian ales this will be a sure treat. Some soft cheese and dark rye makes a perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 16:22:48 | More by Jason
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber brown with a head that literally foams forever, it's like a beer from a cartoon.

Smells of sweet malt, bread, and some Belgian yeast funk.

Tart, sourdough bread like malt backbone with a funky dankness to it.

Mouthfeel is soft and well carbonated.

Overall this is a perfect classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 00:08:03 | More by larryarms847
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jamis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-25-2014 17:49:18 | More by jamis
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Joecaddie

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-25-2014 00:17:24 | More by Joecaddie
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DamienI

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-24-2014 15:51:02 | More by DamienI
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droobydoo


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-24-2014 04:13:15 | More by droobydoo
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AmishLightning

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-24-2014 00:01:29 | More by AmishLightning
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thufflife

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-23-2014 15:59:37 | More by thufflife
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bholt5

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2014 03:35:41 | More by bholt5
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JLSIV

Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass, first impression on pour was the small diameter bubbles and rich two finger head that lasted forever, lacing all around, darker hazy orange brown color

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)

Taste of muscadines, sweet at first, develops over time into something even more pleasant. Reminded me of sweeter local vineyard wines than any other beer before.

One of the best mouth feels I have tried. Dry, and smooth, with a very rich full body. Nothing harsh, and only the afterglow lets you know there is more than the usual alcohol here. American Extreme brewers could take a lesson here. Doesn't smack you around.

Overall: I purchased this Trappist Ale expecting to be impressed and I was. I would love to try this one a little closure to its origin. Two of these and I could see myself considering the monastic life….

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 00:37:08 | More by JLSIV
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gory4d

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-22-2014 21:07:44 | More by gory4d
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Vargavaka

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-22-2014 17:25:39 | More by Vargavaka
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

07-22-2014 16:56:24 | More by curlybird
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little_star

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-22-2014 13:43:44 | More by little_star
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Lobina

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-22-2014 03:54:02 | More by Lobina
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With big American hoppy beers dominating tap lines in bars and taking over liquor store shelf space, I have been going in the opposite direction lately for some reason. I have found myself getting enjoyment from visiting some of the classics. Tonight's classic beer: Orval.

Right out of the bottle, this looks like a winner. Slightly hazy, orange color with a large, frothy white head. The head on the beer lasts forever and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Strong floral aroma mixed with orange, pear, and lemon. Biscuit malt, hay, musty yeast. The flavor seems to change with almost every sip. Medium-bodied and a chalky - almost metallic - finish. Overwhelmingly dry.

For reasons unknown, I chose to drink this beer on my 31st birthday and couldn't be happier. A total classic in every sense of the word.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 02:37:40 | More by Jacobob10
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-21-2014 21:13:31 | More by MonkeyBread
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-21-2014 14:19:42 | More by John_Beeryman
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mrjez

Japan

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

07-21-2014 12:20:20 | More by mrjez
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Sintech

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-21-2014 00:16:45 | More by Sintech
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thomda11

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-20-2014 23:11:11 | More by thomda11
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Mubbly

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-20-2014 22:25:38 | More by Mubbly
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scripna

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-20-2014 19:54:00 | More by scripna
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boudeysbigbrew

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

07-20-2014 09:59:20 | More by boudeysbigbrew
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-20-2014 06:09:40 | More by BigJim5021
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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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