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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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4,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,110
Reviews: 2,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 174
Gots: 309 | 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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of inlimbo77


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Bottle 10.3.11 Best by 10.3.16

A: Pours a really pretty deep yellow orange color.  About a finger of white head.  Fades quickly. Some lacing flecks initially, but then sheets on the swirl.

S: There is a brightness to the smell.  Like lemon peel or orange zest.  I also detect some banana notes. Some bready biscuity malts are there.  Maybe some of that Brett is there buried.

T: Actually still have some hop presence on the tip of the tongue.  Fruity citrusy notes.  Then I get some of those biscuity malts.  There is some mild funkiness in the mid mouth but not like American Wilds.  I understand how this is a staple.  Very well balanced.  With a crisp dry close.  White wine like.  As it warms and I drink, I get more of that Brett character.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied.  Great carbonation.

O: A beer for a reason. Pretty darn delicious and spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 11:25:27 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color with a slight orange hue and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of very fine and creamy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of very fluffy lacing around the glass
S: very nice hops notes, simply smells fresh, has a nice earthy undertone
T: smoooth, hits with the nice hop notes first then kicks in with a bit of earthy depth and a very slight what note then it finishes with dark fruit notes which linger on the palate for a long time afterwards
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling dry but still smooth, drinks thin
O: a pretty obviously high quality brew, apparently these "trappist" folks know what the hell theyre doing haha, not the best ive had for the style but its definitly top three, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:55:14 | More by BigPlay1824
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-08-2012 23:17:19 | More by Fitzmke
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-07-2012 23:41:26 | More by oldp0rt
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-07-2012 23:20:41 | More by gray23
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-07-2012 19:58:01 | More by stimblin
Photo of jono311


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 19:27:12 | More by jono311
Photo of muusers


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2012 11:10:16 | More by muusers
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 25/03/2010 best before 25/03/2015. Poured from bottle to NBB Globe. Pours a hazy golden amber with am impressive 3 finger white billowing head. Supreme retention and excellent lacing. Looks great. The aroma filled my office upon pouring, powerful sweet flavors and yeasty with a mix of floral hops, clove, apricot and banana. Very similar to the nose. Very balanced between the malty sweetness, yeasty fruitiness, and mild bitterness. Sharp and crisp. Perfect carbonation for the style. Overall, very good beer. Would happily pour another if I had one ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:53:41 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Nuke77


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice the head just explodes on this beer. I served mine at about 52F and it seems to be the near perfect temperature to experience the wonderful head. The appearance is a darkish orange with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the chalice. I did not observe any "floating" yeast. The scent is all apple and some dark fruit. This beer literally explodes on the tongue with the taste following the scent of apple and dark fruit, a bit of hops and bitterness and sweetness simultaneously. The carbonation is pronounced. I could easily drink this one as a session beer but for my taste it is too special to do so. One of the finest beers I have ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:16:42 | More by Nuke77
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-05-2012 02:06:13 | More by TobinMitnick
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-05-2012 00:07:59 | More by sh00ky
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-04-2012 23:45:37 | More by danielp215
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-04-2012 22:44:02 | More by BeforeNoon
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-04-2012 21:09:25 | More by samEBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-04-2012 06:16:30 | More by cartwar
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-03-2012 20:37:17 | More by VierBier
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-02-2012 03:11:06 | More by unibroue4ever
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-01-2012 02:18:31 | More by LJWalker
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a thick and heavy brown bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber/golden color. A nice creamy one and a half finger foam head retained well, and slowly receded to a frothy off white cap. Left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with phenols of clove, apricot and banana. Some slight floral hops underneath.

Taste: A great yeasty profile with the perfect amount of malts and hops to balance. Sweet and fruity, but just a hint of hops bitters and malt richness to balance it all out. A really fantastic tasting Belgian Pale Ale.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with just the right carbonation for the style.

Overall: An excellent Belgian Pale ale for sessions. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting and would enjoy every drop. Another outstanding trappist ale! A new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:24:17 | More by ChopperSmith
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky pale straw yellow with a massive straw head.

S: aroma of funky Brett. Barnyard and light pale malts mixing with a slight noble hop presence

T: flavors of slight candied sugars and pale malts mixing with a slightly stronger than expected noble hop presence. There is a respectable Brett flavor starting to kick in with this bottle. Bottled 11/17/2010, this has a year and a few months in a bottle. I am curious ton try a bottle that has been aging longer now to see how the Brett matures after a few years.

M: a medium body for the style, and for a 6% relatively thick. Medium to high carbonation for a belgian pale

O: this is a good Trappist , not my favorite that I have had yet but it is up against tough company.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 23:27:33 | More by alpinebryant
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-31-2012 16:07:19 | More by dcellis
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-31-2012 04:58:39 | More by TastyIsBeer
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-31-2012 04:19:01 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-30-2012 14:03:14 | More by martun
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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