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

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4,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,402
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 211
Gots: 413 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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.

Many agree that the somewhat unpractical addition of this sometimes undesired yeast strain is what grants Orval its age worthiness, not to mention unique aroma, making it a one of the few beers worth cellaring.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

maynard713, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brownish orange with enormous amounts of big fluffy head. The head slowly winds itself down, but leaves its mark all over the glass.

Smell is... different. Smells very fresh, almost a melon or apple aroma. It makes me think of a candle store with a rack of scented candles on display.

Taste is tart up front, I can't put my finger on what the flavours are comparable to. There is a finish of spicyness(though not a lot), then the hops take over nicely. Citrus tastes in the middle for sure. There seems to be a lot to it, but I can't pin down the distinct flavours.

The mouthfeel is bang on for the style, a little bit of body and healthy dose of carbonation. I find myself getting through this beer rather quickly, it certainly is an easy drink.

I like it, sucks that it is even more pricey then Duvel here....

elricorico, Nov 28, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
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Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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crosenkrantz, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle-bottled 5.19.2010). Pours a hazy apricot color with a chunky white head and active carbonation. Nice lacing. The beer is almost one year old and seems to have lost its hop aroma. I’m mostly getting some sour, funkiness with some berries. Taste is tart-not quite sour-but the hops are there, albeit faint. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter and dry. My tastes have changed a great deal since I last had an orval and I like it much more now. It’s taken a loooong time for me to get into sour (or sourish) beers

trappistlover, May 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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bkonk10, Aug 16, 2012
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sammo, Jul 07, 2012
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trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
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SakellariosVouvalis, Oct 28, 2012
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Ajlvt, Nov 17, 2013
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nyrblue2, Jan 30, 2013
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Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
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BeastLU, Mar 31, 2013
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Hendrick24, Jan 17, 2014
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Flip_Smash, Sep 11, 2014
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Pelicanrocks, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this one at Sendiks in Wauwatosa. Bottled on 3-5-10. Poured into a tulip.

This is my second attempt at Trappist Orval. This one MUST be drank at room temp. I made the mistake the first time. With all the action-packed foam, the light orange Belgian Pale ale took 20 minutes just to pour! Crisp uplifting aroma of earthy tones, orange, lemon.. Taste is mild yeast with citrus and mikd funk which is a bit challenging to the tastebuds. Very dry champagne-like finish.

Excellent high quality brew. To be consumed slowly and enjoy!

TheDTrain, Jan 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

crownrl28, Dec 30, 2012
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LotsofLupulin, Aug 19, 2013
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KCBeerNerd, Apr 28, 2014
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mrcraft, Jun 19, 2014
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griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DavidHume, Mar 09, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,402 ratings.