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

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4,498 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,498
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 219
Gots: 446 | 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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5/5  rDev +19%

Redrio7, Aug 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought at LCBO
bowling pin shaped bottle.

poured in a chalice.
all head. fluffy crackling.pure joy.
i dont want to drink this. i just want to look at it. it looks way too pretty to touch.
under the head is hazy honey.

it has a strong and pleasing aroma. Definite yeast present with alot of spice.
minty hops.
banana bread malt.
so complex and tantalazing.

so well made. this yeast does magic inside the bottle. dry crisp finish that leads to the next sip almost immediately.

finding a slightly oily mouthfeel followed by more spicy herbal flavor long after each sip.

heaven in a glass.

paxkey, Dec 10, 2010
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Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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mcheng, Sep 10, 2012
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mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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Phished880, Jan 17, 2012
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Eir, Dec 06, 2013
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benlhoest, Jul 19, 2014
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Squidly, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew truly lived up to my expectations. You can understand why this brew has stood the test of time. If it isn't broke don't fix it and the monks at Orval have heeded the saying.

This brew has a bottled on date and a best before date. The bottled on date was 22/04/2009 and the best before date was 22/04/2009

This brew poured golden brown, with a hint of tartness and tart fruit taste. The hops are here but not over powering. The 6.9%abv is just perfect. This brew is mind blowing though. You expect alot from a trappiste and this brew delivers. I would drink this before all other trappiste. My hats off to all who have made this brew as they are deserving of a standing O.

STKPICR0720, May 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

dustinjkline, Jun 26, 2014
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Marshall_ofmcap, Jul 31, 2013
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pmonti80, Nov 17, 2011
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chr214, Jun 27, 2012
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javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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Derekg, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, I have to admit I'm somewhat biased when it comes to the Belgium Trappist ales. I've had nearly everyone, except a Rochefort, including the Westvleteren 12, several Chimay, Westmalle tripel, but this is my favorite right behind the Westvleteren 12.

Pour: Poured from the bottle into a traditional orval siliver-rimmed goblet at about 45 degrees.

Smell: The smell reminds me a lot of a mint-chocolate cookie, with just a hint of the mint.

Taste: Very smooth taste. Mild hoppy flavor with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Head: Truly one of the best heads of any ale. Very thick through most of the glass, starts to evaporate toward the end.

Drinkability: This is one I have the pleasure of keeping in the house quite often and drink it a lot. Not a cheap one but the stronger alcohol content makes it one you don't need many of, if that's the goal.

Exceptional and highly recommend.

cdrogers, Mar 08, 2009
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5/5  rDev +19%

MrTinnedPEach, Sep 03, 2012
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BrendanDouglas, Dec 02, 2011
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MikeyRiles, Aug 29, 2013
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rrski198, Jan 13, 2014
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Kikat2680, Jun 17, 2014
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mrunseen, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

alexmel7, Sep 03, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,498 ratings.