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

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4,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,489
Reviews: 2,127
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 218
Gots: 439 | FT: 12
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%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
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ImFlyerThanYou, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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Sinedd, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Smokestack Chalice.

Appearance: A nice hazy golden brown color. Explodes with a huge rocky head with a medium pour. Excellent retention and leaves nice lacing.

Nose: Every thing seems fairly subtle. But, there is a nice hop presence up front, sort of grassy. Some candied malts maybe fruity esters also peeks through in the nose.

Taste: This beer might be one of the most complex I've tasted so far. Granted this is my first foree into Belgian ales. There is very subtle grassy/hay flavor. But, most of the taste is buried in estery brettonomyces. Fruits are delicious. Theres even a slight sharp cheeseiness. Truly complex, almost too so for my palate at this stage.

Mouth: Nice light smooth mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Leaves the mouth with a hint of thickness.

Drink: This beer is almost too complex for one to have multiples. Though abv isn't very high. I like this beer. It's a special occasionier.

turamarth, Jan 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cmwilliq, Jan 22, 2014
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johnyb, Feb 25, 2013
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weonfire, Jul 16, 2014
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AxlSkull, Aug 30, 2014
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JamesStreet, Oct 07, 2013
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AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
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Riverared, Sep 01, 2012
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whatname, Feb 07, 2013
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cfadams17, Sep 25, 2014
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Oboogie, Dec 10, 2011
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blabaer, Dec 07, 2013
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WillyOsler, Oct 17, 2012
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fthegiants, Feb 09, 2014
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LostCrew, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. Pours a dark golden amber color. Very nice head and nice bubbles. Lacing coats the whole glass.

Aroma is tart and funky. Lemons and barn yard funk. Smells awesome.

The aroma suggests more taste but it's mostly funk taste. Not alot going on. Mostly just funk in the flavor. Little tart. Could use a little more malt.

Mouthfeel is really dry. High carb

overall I love funky beers so this was good. Just wish it could be a little better.

PeprSprYoFace, Apr 21, 2010
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wroywel, Apr 06, 2013
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tenacioustomato, Apr 24, 2012
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BigJim5021, Jul 20, 2014
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KMcG, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pour from 330 into tulip. Bronze-caramel with a massive beige head. Had to let it sit a bit before smelling-tasting, which was OK since it was from the fridge. Aroma was of dried fruits, light phenolic banana, and a yeasty brown bread. Flavor was quite complex. Dried fruits were replaced by stone fruits up front with barnyard (I get it now...), finishing with some spice. Very enjoyable, complex Abbey Ale.

Caveat: I drank this while reading about the Abbey and the legend of Matilda of Tuscany, so my experience may have been artificially enhanced by the power of suggestion.

MisterGone, Sep 28, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,489 ratings.