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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,183 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,183
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 188
Gots: 332 | 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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pijiu

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Heavy citrus, hint of coffee, molasses.

Taste: Dense flavour with a taste that is darker than its colour would suggest. Dark cider backbone. Has a bitter cut throughout. Healthy white head.

Notes of citrus, medicine and spice. Tart, dry and easily drinkable.

Serving type: 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 06:21:49 | More by pijiu
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Eric908

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-17-2013 05:27:08 | More by Eric908
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Dunns1027

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2012 01:26:36 | More by Dunns1027
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muusers

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2012 11:10:16 | More by muusers
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tikk

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-05-2014 04:54:40 | More by tikk
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-18-2013 21:50:14 | More by jderosia603
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memphischas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-29-2014 22:32:57 | More by memphischas
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alelover

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2013 20:40:11 | More by alelover
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/03/2011 and best by 10/03/2016.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber in color with a two finger tall foamy white head. This beer exhibited excellent head retention properties and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of green apples, lemon zest, barnyard funk, and spices/pepper. Quite complex and enticing.

T: Flavors of green apple with some brown sugar sweetness, followed by lemon zest and spices/pepper, and finish with a pleasant bitterness. A little of the funk is present as well and the flavors are complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderation to high amounts of carbonation. Mild acidity is present and the beer is crisp.

O: Great beer - a very well done Trappist beer. I'm really glad this is available at the local bottleshop because I have and will continue to enjoy this beer. Nice complexity in the aroma and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:51:07 | More by dbrauneis
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with a meringue-like head that stayed for quite a while. Lacing was plentiful and thick.

Aroma of citrus, bananas, Belgian yeast, and pepper.

Tastes of citrus, bananas, malts, and peppery tartness. Steers away from the over-sweetness of many Belgian pales and gives you an explosion of flavors.

Medium mouthfeel, very drying, with a nice sharp carbonation.

This is a top-of-the-line Belgian pale. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 02:57:43 | More by Monkeyknife
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-31-2013 02:27:30 | More by mixed_master7
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-14-2012 22:34:52 | More by gshak
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-07-2013 08:23:52 | More by Mattyb79
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WestCoastBrew2

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2013 19:43:22 | More by WestCoastBrew2
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-03-2013 09:38:51 | More by Maillard
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thehmmthehmm

Thailand

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-29-2014 13:49:28 | More by thehmmthehmm
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-18-2014 00:37:02 | More by BradC
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2013 07:11:23 | More by mportnoy
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NeMe

Italy

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-07-2013 21:50:04 | More by NeMe
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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orval Trappists pours a amber-to-ochre colour along with a massive cream white crown which diminishes quite slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the side.

Smell: Sweet and flowery, like a peach bubble-gum on a virgins butt. Some yeast can be hinted in the background.

Taste: Yeasty fruitiness along with a sour finish, greatly mellifluous to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium full and rather rough to the palate, the carbonation brings a fresh sensation, without being blatantly upfront.

Drinkability: I surely enjoyed this one, and it deserves recommendation due to the flavour-to-scent resonance and overall high character- On a side note worth mentioning is the fact that it's very similar to a Biere de Garde, (or is it vice versa?)

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 20:59:46 | More by Asgeirr
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NWHopinator

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-13-2014 23:09:37 | More by NWHopinator
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Andonato

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-26-2013 07:59:40 | More by Andonato
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ale207

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-21-2012 17:47:40 | More by ale207
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-20-2012 09:19:32 | More by CarolinaKev
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BillyTWilliams

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-30-2012 15:26:33 | More by BillyTWilliams
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,183 ratings.