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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

4,113 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,113
Reviews: 2,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 174
Gots: 309 | 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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jono311

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 19:27:12 | More by jono311
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Ha. Wow. Raul is giving himself fits on what he's trying to make of this one. At first, like Natalie Portman in sweatpants, it was a bit disappointing (because so much hype was there). But as Raul chilled out as he let Nick Cave serenade him, he warmed to Orval as Orval warmed for him.

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