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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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4,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,402
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 211
Gots: 413 | 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.

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%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

constantine_272, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

ShadyRigglesbee, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of MisterGone
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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

T_Hass, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

avitallo, Sep 28, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

asherchase, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

suckaj, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ShriverMO, Sep 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Davepoolesque, Sep 25, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

WantonFaun, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cfadams17, Sep 25, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%

emeyer, Sep 24, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

killcore, Sep 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

dandelin, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Caramel with light haze, really fluffy, creamy head, high carbonation (3/3)
S: Earthy malt with a (barnyardy citrus?) to balance it out (9/12)
T: Crisp caramel malty flavor fades to banana and raisin with a little bitterness at the end (16/20)
M: Starts wet and bubbly but finishes dry(5/5)
O: There’s a lot going on here. The flavor profile is quite complex, and keeps me coming back for more to decipher everything it has to offer. Would definitely drink again. (8/10)

TimZebGir, Sep 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

beaulabauve, Sep 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

Amazing. Never have I experienced something so complex. I seem to pick up something different each and every time I take a sniff and sip. As the beer warms up different flavor profiles are unmasked. Nose welcomes with a pungent bouquet of flowers, lemon zest, juniper spice, yeasty/musk. The flavor profile is just as complex and inviting. Overall, its very dry and tart from start to finish, but the lingering dryness further enhances the flavor profiles. Welcomes you in with a nice sweet caramel and then you get consumed by a unique yeasty musk which later fades into a cider like tartness.

Unbelievably complex. At first the musk might seem abrasive...leading you to question if things can turn around...and oh yes it does! The seemingly abrasive nature sets the stage allowing the flavorful subtle qualities of the yeasty phenols and citrus zest to shine. Very unique. Truly exceptional.


wiscokid920, Sep 22, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Urik, Sep 21, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +1%

kyulfo, Sep 21, 2014
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

BUNZILLA, Sep 21, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

Kyle424, Sep 20, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,402 ratings.