Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
How do you rate a beer in a style you don't care for? This is very well made, very balanced, not funky or offensive. The head is massive and sticks to the glass impressively. It's cloudy, medium amber in color. Nutmeg and wet earth on the nose with a yeasty bread behind it. The taste has more nutmeg, some cinnamon and a light overripe fruit taste. Finishes rather dry, not at all sweet. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. A great example of a style I don't love.
07-26-2014 20:32:14 | More by HuskyHawk
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a golden amber brown with a head that literally foams forever, it's like a beer from a cartoon.
Smells of sweet malt, bread, and some Belgian yeast funk.
Tart, sourdough bread like malt backbone with a funky dankness to it.
Mouthfeel is soft and well carbonated.
Overall this is a perfect classic.
07-26-2014 00:08:03 | More by larryarms847
4.74/5 rDev +12.9%
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass, first impression on pour was the small diameter bubbles and rich two finger head that lasted forever, lacing all around, darker hazy orange brown color
Aroma of musty yeast is the big nose impression, a little fruitiness, Pleasant,but mostly a yeast aroma, very distinctive and unlike any other aroma. Different from any of the other Trappist Ales, even to my less than perfect nose (I often don't smell the same things that appear in many reviews)
Taste of muscadines, sweet at first, develops over time into something even more pleasant. Reminded me of sweeter local vineyard wines than any other beer before.
One of the best mouth feels I have tried. Dry, and smooth, with a very rich full body. Nothing harsh, and only the afterglow lets you know there is more than the usual alcohol here. American Extreme brewers could take a lesson here. Doesn't smack you around.
Overall: I purchased this Trappist Ale expecting to be impressed and I was. I would love to try this one a little closure to its origin. Two of these and I could see myself considering the monastic life….
07-23-2014 00:37:08 | More by JLSIV
4.29/5 rDev +2.1%
With big American hoppy beers dominating tap lines in bars and taking over liquor store shelf space, I have been going in the opposite direction lately for some reason. I have found myself getting enjoyment from visiting some of the classics. Tonight's classic beer: Orval.
Right out of the bottle, this looks like a winner. Slightly hazy, orange color with a large, frothy white head. The head on the beer lasts forever and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
Strong floral aroma mixed with orange, pear, and lemon. Biscuit malt, hay, musty yeast. The flavor seems to change with almost every sip. Medium-bodied and a chalky - almost metallic - finish. Overwhelmingly dry.
For reasons unknown, I chose to drink this beer on my 31st birthday and couldn't be happier. A total classic in every sense of the word.
07-22-2014 02:37:40 | More by Jacobob10
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,245 ratings.