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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: 440 | 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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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

WillemB, Nov 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

slasich, Nov 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a cloudy light orange. Some foamy, frothy head which slowly dissipates. A small amount stubbornly lingers. Aroma is candied apples, light citrus notes, cranberries, earthy tones, and graham crackers. Taste is a balanced and enjoyable mix that's initially sour but the sourness quickly mutes, allowing full enjoyment of the flavor. I'm getting some floral notes overlayed with more citrus, bread, and rust. Feel is light and poppy, almost like a champagne. An extremely enjoyable beer that's one of my favorites.

This is based on a 5 month old bottle, but try it aged by a few years for an even more unique Orval experience.

e_dawg, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Demian, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mikeincharleston, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

MaSaiani, Oct 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

satyrcan, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sphinks, Oct 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

cj8311, Oct 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

I tried this one on a whim, and ended up loving it. Unlike almost any ale I've had. Smooth, flavorful, well balanced, not too heavy but substantial all the same. I do recommend, as the Brothers do, that you cellar this one for at least a couple weeks before opening. Enjoy chilled and in a frosty glass.

tobi_wan_72, Oct 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

DWheeler379, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

drmcleod10, Oct 28, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +1%

Dreadnaught33, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dannymo24, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

factoide, Oct 28, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +15.2%

Johnsimps, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

valianes, Oct 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

RWACKO, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Goldfishman, Oct 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

pisano, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pinioned, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Huge foamy pour nets 5 fingers of fluffy white head. Head falls slowly to a skimcoat without leaving any lacing. A rusty golden hue is slightly cloudy. The aroma is distinctive with sour apple, medicinal, spicy Belgian funk, fruity, and some lemony notes. The taste follows with the Belgian funk and medicinal, fruit, bandaid, also tart then ending with a surprising bitterness. Not sure if it's from lots of hops though. Maybe the yeast? Very unique taste. Effervescent, crisp, light and refreshing. I was surprised by the drinkability. This went down the gullet quickly. I tried this beer in the 1980's and poured it. I liked Chimay but thought the Orval went bad. Nowadays I fully appreciate unique Belgian flavors. This reminds me of Rayon Vert which is good!

312HopBomb, Oct 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

ordybill, Oct 26, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -1%

polyphemus39, Oct 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

rynej23, Oct 26, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,489 ratings.