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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,547 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,547
Reviews: 2,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 227
Gots: 469 | FT: 11
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

One of the beers that turned me on to good beer! A credit to the style

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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pinkish orange/amber, plenty of loose quick-moving streams of carbonation. Leaves a blanket of slowly retreating lace, decent head coverage that lasts for a while, even if it is thin.

S: A sourness that gets noticed more easily, but the funk is probably stronger. Saccharine fruits (strawberry and cherry), but not sweet, just juicy.

T: Outright funk, lightly herbacious and bready, hay, traces of lemon and cherry fruits. Belgian chalkiness/minerality in the middle but mild and appreciable as just another dimension of this complex work. Sour aspect is very mild here, but still around. Dry and even bitter, especially at the end. The first beer I've ever tried to be sour, bitter, and falsely sweet all at the same time.

M: Well carbonated, medium bodied. Lenient astringency.

O: Deserving of more samplings. This is my third tasting of it, and I can't quite nail what's going on exactly, possibly due to the widely ranging freshness of my bottles. Definitely a good quality brew, but I think the coolest aspect of it is bound to be the history, not the taste. Maybe it is my privileged 21st century palate or my over-worked/dulled 21st century palate, but as good as this beer is, I think the best in the world were first concocted within the past century.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval chalice. Foams out of the bottle a bit on opening. Pours a hazy coppery amber with a three finger off-white head with good retention and lots of pillowy lacing. Aroma of citrus, green apple, Bretty yeast, vanilla; floral. Flavor is semi-dry, light apple family fruit, light stone fruit, mild citrus, vanilla, Brett style wild yeast funk, Finishes with fleeting fruit and fruit dessert flavors dominated by the wild yeast funk and bitterness; lightly tart and earthy. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. A very distinctive Belgian pale ale with a unique wild yeast component. I did not like this when I first tried it many years ago, but now having grown to enjoy saison yeasts and a light touch of wild yeast, I can see its appeal. Although the flavor is dominated by the funky yeast, there are a lot of interesting light and subtle fruit and spice flavors in the background. A bit too dry and funky to be a frequent choice, it was a pleasure drinking this again and understanding why it is a classic.

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.