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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,107 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,107
Reviews: 2,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 174
Gots: 308 | 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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-07-2012 23:41:26 | More by oldp0rt
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gray23

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +19%

02-07-2012 23:20:41 | More by gray23
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stimblin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-07-2012 19:58:01 | More by stimblin
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jono311

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 19:27:12 | More by jono311
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muusers

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2012 11:10:16 | More by muusers
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 25/03/2010 best before 25/03/2015. Poured from bottle to NBB Globe. Pours a hazy golden amber with am impressive 3 finger white billowing head. Supreme retention and excellent lacing. Looks great. The aroma filled my office upon pouring, powerful sweet flavors and yeasty with a mix of floral hops, clove, apricot and banana. Very similar to the nose. Very balanced between the malty sweetness, yeasty fruitiness, and mild bitterness. Sharp and crisp. Perfect carbonation for the style. Overall, very good beer. Would happily pour another if I had one ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:53:41 | More by hopfacebrew
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Nuke77

Tennessee

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice the head just explodes on this beer. I served mine at about 52F and it seems to be the near perfect temperature to experience the wonderful head. The appearance is a darkish orange with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the chalice. I did not observe any "floating" yeast. The scent is all apple and some dark fruit. This beer literally explodes on the tongue with the taste following the scent of apple and dark fruit, a bit of hops and bitterness and sweetness simultaneously. The carbonation is pronounced. I could easily drink this one as a session beer but for my taste it is too special to do so. One of the finest beers I have ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:16:42 | More by Nuke77
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TobinMitnick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-05-2012 02:06:13 | More by TobinMitnick
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sh00ky

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-05-2012 00:07:59 | More by sh00ky
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-04-2012 23:45:37 | More by danielp215
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BeforeNoon

Washington

5/5  rDev +19%

02-04-2012 22:44:02 | More by BeforeNoon
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samEBC

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-04-2012 21:09:25 | More by samEBC
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cartwar

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-04-2012 06:16:30 | More by cartwar
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VierBier

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-03-2012 20:37:17 | More by VierBier
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unibroue4ever

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-02-2012 03:11:06 | More by unibroue4ever
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-01-2012 02:18:31 | More by LJWalker
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a thick and heavy brown bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber/golden color. A nice creamy one and a half finger foam head retained well, and slowly receded to a frothy off white cap. Left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with phenols of clove, apricot and banana. Some slight floral hops underneath.

Taste: A great yeasty profile with the perfect amount of malts and hops to balance. Sweet and fruity, but just a hint of hops bitters and malt richness to balance it all out. A really fantastic tasting Belgian Pale Ale.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with just the right carbonation for the style.

Overall: An excellent Belgian Pale ale for sessions. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting and would enjoy every drop. Another outstanding trappist ale! A new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:24:17 | More by ChopperSmith
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky pale straw yellow with a massive straw head.

S: aroma of funky Brett. Barnyard and light pale malts mixing with a slight noble hop presence

T: flavors of slight candied sugars and pale malts mixing with a slightly stronger than expected noble hop presence. There is a respectable Brett flavor starting to kick in with this bottle. Bottled 11/17/2010, this has a year and a few months in a bottle. I am curious ton try a bottle that has been aging longer now to see how the Brett matures after a few years.

M: a medium body for the style, and for a 6% relatively thick. Medium to high carbonation for a belgian pale

O: this is a good Trappist , not my favorite that I have had yet but it is up against tough company.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 23:27:33 | More by alpinebryant
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dcellis

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-31-2012 16:07:19 | More by dcellis
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-31-2012 04:58:39 | More by TastyIsBeer
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-31-2012 04:19:01 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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martun

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-30-2012 14:03:14 | More by martun
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mulcahy87

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-30-2012 01:47:08 | More by mulcahy87
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-30-2012 01:25:35 | More by Shilt
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CrazyP

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 5/20/2011, and drank on 1/28/2012. Best by date was 5/20/2016.

A - Orangish-brown, clear. Pours with a huge white head due to the heavy carbonation.

S - Yeast, fruit. Not as much aroma as I expected from a Belgian with Brett.

T - This beer has a complex flavor. It begins with classic Belgian yeast and fruit flavors, then peppery spices. Finishes very dry with some bitterness that lingers. A touch of alcohol comes through. I don't really perceive much brett funkiness.

M - Very dry. High carbonation level gives it a crisp feel, despite being fairly high alcohol.

O - A very good Belgian beer. I would like to try different ages of this beer to explore the flavors develop over time. My beer was fairly young so I think it could definitely get more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:57:14 | More by CrazyP
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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