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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,405 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 211
Gots: 414 | FT: 10
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

leagr, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brentusaurus, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jkermitj, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tfsimpkins, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

philmen, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A - Orange-gold. Substantial off white head of fine bubbles that endures for a long time

S - Slightly bretty, or is that candi? Maybe both. Maybe a little winey. It's somewhat faint and hard to pin down.

T/M - It's got a signature flavor and feel that I'm coming to associate with offerings from several Trappist breweries. It reminds me of St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10 even though those are different styles. All have a sharp, light, tingliness, a lighter overall feel than I expect in any of those cases, and with more of a carbonation sting than I want, almost like a miniature shadow of Pop Rocks. Some of that sharpness in this case takes on a kind of appley character, with some of the bitterness of skin tannins and leaning towards the tartness of a green apple. There's a suggestion of candi sugar. Earlier sips seemed sweeter and thicker, while later ones are sharper and thinner, though I get the sweetness on the exhale. Finishes dry and tannic.

O - This beer was kind of a journey from start to finish. It's interesting and its quality shines through. That's what I want on my beer safari. I'm not sure I've quite figured it out yet and will definitely want to get it again. Thumbs up.

BrownNut, Aug 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

dbell23, Aug 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

CowboyRob, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

6string, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bigred89, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bpvarona, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

harrisjohnson, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

brez8791, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Salsais, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a Beligan tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloud orange-amber hue. Great white frothy head that last forever and leaves a big lace down the whole glass.

S: Spicy bitter nose with a flowery backbone.

T: Very bitter beginning – but mellowed out by the malt and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian Brew. Great complex flavors and aromas.

ckollias, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Dwtucker90, Aug 01, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great and classy beer. 2010 bottling dates @ 6.9% abv.

A: medium amber ale with a thick head of fine bubbled tan foam that gently laced the glass as it receded

S: crisp, fresh, bright, and clean yeast and hop aromas

T: there is a nice woodsy flavor to this beer; dry hops and spring barley malts produce a very dry, elegant beer, with aromatic flavors and the inclusion of brettanomyces yeast infuses a very subtle huskiness to the taste

M: bitter and dry; smoothly coating, clean finish - extremely drinkable and pleasing

O: from one of the 8 trappist breweries in the world, the only beer they brew - when you try it, you will appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making this one of the very best pale Belgian ales.

Greywulfken, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Thaxton, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hilgart1, Jul 30, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/29/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, burnt orange with some amber - starts with a big, fluffy, creamy head - leaves sheets of lacing, simply pretty to observe - keeps a great cap until the end

Smell: In a word, unique - Belgian yeast, with some spiciness - flower petals and some herbal notes - some light citrus, and some light fruits - dry white wine and some phenols

Taste: Weird, in a good way - flowers, white wine, pale malts, Belgian yeast, pepper, and some clean funk - remarkably dry - moderately bitter, in an oddly phenolic way - some light, fruity esters in here as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, unbelievably dry - epic-level dryness

Overall: I don't know what I'm drinking, but I like it

I drank Orval roughly 4 years ago, and it stuck in my mind as being particularly interesting. Now, I am reaching the realization that this is even more complex than I once thought. This does not really taste like a Belgian Pale Ale. Yes, it has pale ale malts, but it's also very flowery, had some sour/funk notes, and kind of tastes like a white wine. Bonus points for uniqueness.

angrybabboon, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pshkwa, Jul 28, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.