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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

4,266 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,266
Reviews: 2,106
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 369 | 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.

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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mntlover

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a beautiful hazy dark peach color some bubbles rising to feed a creamy fluffy massive head restin on top of this baby. Looks oh so tasty.

Aroma is fruity pear, grapes, tangerines and bananas mixed with spice on a bready malt background, soothing soft aroma.

Taste is wow big not soft like the smell. Lots of carbonation from the start gives the malt and fruit a kick in the pants so to speak. Nice and fruity malt finishes with some good peppery spice, clove and some herbal hops lend some bitterness and the yeast add some earthy dirt like flavors in the finish also. This is a nice Belgian Pale Ale one of the better ones that I have had.

Mouthfeel is good almost medium, almost creamy, the nice zesty carbonation gives the flavors an added boost.

Drinkability is good enjoyed this one more then normal.

08-28-2005 19:37:27 | More by mntlover
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ackeeper

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-12-2013 18:59:14 | More by ackeeper
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straightlambic

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-18-2013 22:56:45 | More by straightlambic
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice. This will be my first experience with Orval.

A: Pours a hazy orange color, darker than most Belgian Pales I've personallyu come across, with a huge (2+ finger) lively white head on top. 4.5

S: Yeasty, spicy, and lemon-zest shine through. 4.0.

T: Smooth at first, with notes of yeast and earthiness. Hops add some bitterness in the middle, and the taste finishes with a lingering lemon-zest that accompanies the hops nicely.

This is particularly well-balanced. Not quite as *bright* as Bruery Mischief with it's hops, but has a stronger earthy/lemony presence throughout. 4.5

M: Light and smooth, with lively carbonation levels. The finish? It almost disappears, leaving just a hint of earth and lemon zest on the tongue. Rather pleasing. 4.0

D/O: I can see why this beer gets such good reviews. It's very well balanced, full of flavor, and easy to enjoy. It didn't hold up quite as well as I would have hoped as it warmed, but I could follow this up with another and be happy. I will be repeating. 4.5

07-28-2011 00:45:36 | More by psuKinger
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-06-2013 16:17:24 | More by rdub
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CCutch

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-17-2014 17:53:44 | More by CCutch
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-29-2013 02:27:40 | More by IcemanCometh
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dads_basement

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-29-2014 15:27:42 | More by dads_basement
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ABV 6,2%
I got this beer at my local liquor store without knowing anything about it. It was just another option among all the other beers on the shelf. After coming home though and reading all those positive reviews, I was looking forward to drinking it. Instead, for a bunch of reasons, it stayed in my fridge till now.
A uniquely shaped bottle of 330 ml, with just one small, modest label mentioning the beer's name and other info, around the neck of the bottle. Poured into a chalice, after letting it warm up a little bit, since it has a recommended drinking temperature of 12°-14° C. Dark amber coloured, with a two finger head, white in colour, with some yelow spots every here and there.. Foam is thick in texture. Quite a few bubbles rising to the surface. Head has an average retention.Once most of it is gone, a thick enough part stays behindand covers the surface.
Aroma was quite complex when I sniffed it the moment I opened the bottle, with the most obvious smell being a fig aroma.. After smelling it from the glass, I sense plums, pears, some light caramel aromaand maybe some old redgrapes. Great aroma.
Taste is great too, somehow in the middle between fruity sweet and hoppy bitter, with the scale turning on the bitterness' side when it comes to the aftertaste. It's very difficult to name some flavours exactly. There are fruity flavours, some clove too. Now I perceive some white wine flavour and some spices too. This beer is so complex, to the point you get another flavour with every sip. Alcohol very well concealed.
Full body with average carbonation, a bit tart on the palate.
Overall, a fantastic beer. Its complexity makes for a great sipping beer. Those monks are doing a great job at their brewery.

09-16-2012 12:45:15 | More by Douberd
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-18-2014 13:19:03 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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SeaOfShells

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-09-2013 04:05:33 | More by SeaOfShells
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whistler55

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-21-2014 23:14:25 | More by whistler55
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2014 17:11:05 | More by Cramerican
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-08-2014 02:15:15 | More by csmalley
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-07-2014 21:25:05 | More by JohnK17
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a Rapscallion tulip glass, barely got the whole bottle in with a 2"+ head that snow-coned over the top of the glass. The head is thick and foamy, sort of looks like that foam you see at the ocean when a big storm is coming, or at the edge of a fast moving stream. Anyways, to continue on, the aroma is somewhat effervescent and fruity, raspberry, perhaps? Lacing over the honey hued brew is incredible as the head begins to join it's liquid brethren. Slightly sour flavor where the fruits come into play, and then rounds out a bit with the malt and slight alochol warming. An interesting Belgian, as most are.

04-12-2004 22:14:46 | More by ppoitras
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corysmith01

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-29-2014 21:23:36 | More by corysmith01
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jkanavel

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

This was a wonderful treat that I found in an unexpected place.
It poured dark golden and hazy after I stirred the yeast a bit, with a nice fluffy off-white head.

The first thing I noticed was the smell that came bursting from the bottle when I opened it. I got a rush of ethanol which dissipated quickly and left behind strong banana notes.

The taste was a wonderful combination of sweetness offset by clean hops with alcoholic and yeasty back notes. Maybe some herbal/floral action going on too.

The mouthfeel is the kicker with this one, it is crisp and sharp, you almost get the impression you're drinking a citrus beverage. Its quite refreshing and enhances the flavor a great deal.

Pretty drinkable stuff I dare say, were it not so expensive that is.

09-04-2008 20:17:59 | More by jkanavel
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TomTown

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-16-2014 23:01:49 | More by TomTown
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2012 01:34:37 | More by BeerBucks
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scottiethebody

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-26-2012 05:59:56 | More by scottiethebody
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Kerne

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-17-2013 00:50:26 | More by Kerne
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pijiu

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,266 ratings.