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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

4,104 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,104
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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Tele

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 Cloudy, brownish orange with a massive light tan head.

S: 4.25 Belgian yeast and funk are up front on the nose. Grass, herbs, wheat, and malt follow closely behind. There’s also a dry, oak smell lingering in the background that goes with the funk.

T: 4.25 More funk and less yeast than the nose. A lot more unique than most of the other trappist ales. Dry funk dominates without fruity, spicy esters like other Belgian ales. There’s a little sweetness with some grass, green apple, and breadiness at the end.

M: 4.5 Carbonation is great. It makes the beer feel alive which matches the funk very well. There’s also a very pleasant dry finish.

O: 4.25 I wasn’t sure I liked this beer very much at first, but I came to really enjoy the funk and dryness. It is very well balanced with a very unique and enjoyable character.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 02:21:19 | More by Tele
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yeaprolly

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.6%

06-12-2014 23:43:05 | More by yeaprolly
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JBougher

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-12-2014 03:00:02 | More by JBougher
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adkrogue

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-12-2014 02:50:01 | More by adkrogue
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2014 23:04:13 | More by wvbrewcrew
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JGlitz87

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2014 02:26:44 | More by JGlitz87
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours a nice, crisp, clear copper in color with a massive, billowy, cloudy head that will not die and eventually leaves some nice lacing. The nose starts with some sweet malt, orange peel, tart lemon and musty yeast. On the palate, the beer opens up further and is much drier than the nose with lemon peel, and a slight tart funkiness to round it all out. The taste finishes with a pleasant floral hop bitterness. Orval is medium body with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is a unique beer, very subtle and nuanced and stands apart from many/most of the other Trappists.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 18:39:21 | More by mtomlins
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NewJack85

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19%

06-09-2014 15:00:08 | More by NewJack85
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tclipse

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-08-2014 15:50:23 | More by tclipse
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

06-07-2014 21:47:33 | More by zapahoppa
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-07-2014 13:43:58 | More by xJMFCx
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-07-2014 06:37:22 | More by GRUUMSH
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-06-2014 23:23:00 | More by cultclassic89
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice.
This one was bottled in Oct., 2012.

The bottle opened with a nice, resounding "pop." An aggressive center pour produces a big, foamy root beer head that compacts but lasts to the end of the beer. The color is a very hazy, even cloudy brownish-orange.

The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. First off for me, an odor of yeasty bread rising. then some fruit; raisin, maybe orange and lemon. There is also a little farmyard funk underneath.

The first taste is candy at first, then some dried fruits, then a light bitterness as it warms. I get raisin, dates, some yeastiness and even bitter chocolate. As it warms, some biscuit and even a little caramel come through. Love the slight yeasty funk. Amazingly complex.

This beer is well carbonated, and it feels a little sticky and tongue-coating. It's even got a little creaminess thanks to the never-fading foam.

Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 22:03:25 | More by SD-Alefan
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Troublebar

China

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-06-2014 09:39:58 | More by Troublebar
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j0hnc2468

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-05-2014 20:18:56 | More by j0hnc2468
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JJWIGHT

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-03-2014 18:38:35 | More by JJWIGHT
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meltroha

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-03-2014 03:22:00 | More by meltroha
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-03-2014 00:02:26 | More by DaveHack
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micropale

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-02-2014 17:42:16 | More by micropale
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timmynyc

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-02-2014 02:41:10 | More by timmynyc
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emalc

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-01-2014 20:04:06 | More by emalc
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-01-2014 19:38:39 | More by facesnorth
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andilane

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-01-2014 16:00:33 | More by andilane
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-01-2014 04:57:29 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,104 ratings.