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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,647 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,647
Reviews: 2,157
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 251
Gots: 522 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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.
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Photo of BeersAndBears
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/7/13, BBD 2/7/18. Pours a clear medium amber (copper) with just a hint of garnet. World Class head volume, lacing and retention - the best I have ever seen. The final pour provides a mild cloudiness.

Complex nose of sweet fruit (grape, pineapple) coupled with tart lemon. Underneath there are notes of Belgian yeast, a slight spice, subtle sweetness and a bit of slightly sour earthiness (funk).

Medium body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile isn't as impressive as the appearance or the aroma. It is intense, lacks complexity, and is poorly balanced. From the onset, phenols dominate and little else comes forward. In the middle, a bit of biscuit sweetness is underneath, but you really have to "look" for it. The finish is dry.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first trappist. very good all around

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of knicks19947
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waltc21
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tja0422
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep copper color with a monster off-white head that sticks around like many of this style.

S - Little bit of sweetness. Some citrus. Something else i'm not sure how to describe, assuming it is the yeast strain, a little musky. Somewhat of a sour smell. Picking up some fruits, banana. A lot going on here.

T - Wow. A lot going on here, like the smell. Citrus, light fruits up front. Slightly sour, almost lemony. Yeast strain lends an interesting complexity that is very nice. finishes a little bitter but dry.

F - Very carbonated, works nicely with the clean finish.

Very good beer. Unique, and in a good way. This one was bottled about 10 months ago, and can be cellared up to 5 years. Would like to see how it changes over time. Nice complexity of sweet, sour, bitter, citrus. Very good depth of flavors here. Great beer.

Photo of Beerlover
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frlrv1020
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of etreesh
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hombrepalo
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jessealmlie
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arvidkoval
3.17/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow-orange with a big foamy white head. Excellent smell of bubblegum! Tasted like candy with a mild bitter flavor. Very bubbly body. Not crazy about this one.

Photo of hreb
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Distinctive 11.2 oz bottle served in my new Libbey Belgian ale glass. Bottled on 15/05/2014, best before 15/05/2019. Peer pours mid amber in color, very hazy, with an enormous white pillowy head. Aroma is classic Belgian golden ale, suggesting the distinctive yeasty note and caramelized sugar. But this beer is both more dry and more tart than others in its category (BPA). It has a really crisp, thin mouthfeel. Surprising for a beer as high OG as this. The bottle conditioning has left this beer highly carbonated, which works well with the subtle tartness. It's almost like a mild Gose, or even dry cider. This beer is unique, distinctive, and impeccably balanced. It reveals none of its alcohol (note: my label claims 6.9%, although that figure may assume a large amount of fermentation happening in the bottle), and doesn't tire the palate at all. However being so neutral I do find it a little bland for my taste.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2 year aged, a lot of Horse blanket in the smell. Very dry, smooth and tasty. Going to buy a few more to age longer.

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Barnoloid
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Farmhouse funk and wet dog pervade the nose and initial taste here. This is edging towards the sour end of the spectrum. The initial bottle pour unloads a vast foamy head that settles into a slightly cloudy, amber looking toned ale.

Photo of personpitch
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,647 ratings.