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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

4,181 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,181
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 188
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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doktorhops

Australia

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been on my 'to do' list since I first started reviewing beers. There's something about Orval that intrigues me; from the shape of the tear-drop bottle to the heavy chalice you drink it from, there's something ethereal about this brew. I imagine Trappist monks in black & white cassocks standing around a large clay urn in the catacombs of a monastery testing the divine brew with their index fingers and kneeling down to praise God's glory that ale exists for human enjoyment... or something along those lines.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice glass.

A: This ale pours with great excitement. A deep clear amber body with a tinge of red and a Belgian beer classic "soap bubble" foamy white head that recedes after a moment to leave that sticky (alcohol laden) lacing.

S: The aroma is more reminiscent of spiced mead than beer, with bold notes of: Juniper, Sloe, Cloves, Honey, Orange peel and yeast - they're all here to party down. The smell of this alone could make a decent cologne!

T: Completely not what I was expecting. It's not sweet at all. The main profile is a Juniper/Sloe berry bitterness, however it also has a similar complexity to Duvel in that the flavour hits every part on the tongue in it's own way. There's sour-dough yeasts after the initial bitterness with a long dry citrus finish. In fact the only area where I find it lacking is the sweetness, which is unusual for a Belgian ale, and this was no doubt intentional.

M: A bit fizzier than the other Belgian ales I've had; medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: I can see why others may not rate this highly, it's definitely an acquired taste beer. If you like something fairly bitter and dry with spice flavours: then this is your beer. If you're looking for something outside the box: this is your beer. If you want a beer that is a divine experience: get Duvel. Orval is great for the fact that it's an unexpected drop but Duvel still stands tall in my taste buds... for now at least.

Food match: It is a challenging beer to food match. The boldness of the bitter/dry profile makes it a perfect match with bold cheeses (much like a red wine). Also venison and game meats would work well.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 07:53:45 | More by doktorhops
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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,181 ratings.