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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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4,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,408
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 212
Gots: 417 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of DeMaria
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DeMaria, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

PermanentWaves, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

thenobot, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ironyisoverrated, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark golden color with strong yeast haze and a translucent shine near the bottom of the glass. The head is a two finger offwhite color that settles down to one finger, leaving thick clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle spicing (such as ginger and coriander), along with a bright malt background and pleasant barnyard funk. A little weak, but a solid scent otherwise.

T: Quite bready, but not sweet at all...in fact, it's a little bitter, especially in conjunction with its predominant funk note. Exhales give off light fruit esters such as pear. A bit of an acquired taste; the first sip is slightly off, but once the impressive complexity and light accumulating funk do their work on the tongue, it becomes quite balanced and nicely nuanced.

M: Somewhat heavy, with a finishing dry astringency. It's not as carbonated (or as bloated) as some Belgians are, giving it nice drinkability.

O: Great beer, but this stuff really needs to be paired with some good cheese to allow its character to truly come through. This really isn't for everyone, so keep that in mind - it gets high marks more for its craftsmanship than anything.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wells9uk, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mmarv74, Jul 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

sbanacho, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

KAJJ324, Jul 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Bubbalito, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

KSather, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of bnes09
2.45/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale orange in color with a nice haze. Mountainous head forms and retains well. Soapy character to the head with descent lacing.

Aroma is pretty clean. Ginger and faint wheat bread.

Flavor seems off. Somewhat bitter and tart. Rough malt character and stale hops. Off flavor continues in the finish.

Lighter body and a it on the watery side. Overcarbonated as well.

Totally disappointing. I wonder if I got a bad batch or if this particular bottle was stored improperly for some time causing it to go sour. I'll probably rechallenge this some other time to make sure.

bnes09, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/02/2011

Appearance - An extremely rich pour that boasts a luscious soapy head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving behind a half finger of creamy residue. Drowned in opaqueness, this caramelized brown and yellow Trappist ale appears fresh and sweet. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog Snifter, carbonation hugs the waist of the glass and curls upwards rapidly. Perhaps some of the strongest lacing I've ever seen; like honey coating a honeycomb.

Smell - A bit of a Belgian yeast funk to the nose. A string of fruity chords; primarily cherries, melons, and faint raspberries. Light and pleasing to the senses, but nothing extravagant.

Taste - Exceptionally smooth. Light cherries and strawberries reward the swallow. Fuzzy, appropriate, under-powered ethanol coats over the tongue like a warm cotton blanket. A bit of a sweet candy taste linger on the roof of the mouth; almost like de-soured Smarties. There is a lot of complexity in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Delightful as it coats the palate. Smooth, balanced, refreshing; everything this ale should be. Spritzes the tongue with fresh fruits and a drop of ethanol. Medium-bodied. One really feels classy drinking this ale. Cheers.

Jesse13713, Jun 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

kslsc400, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

chr214, Jun 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

MammothTarantula, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

chebode2, Jun 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

sludgy, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

carteravebrew, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/11, best before 06/10/16, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep amber / candied apple color, topped with a thick, lush, creamy head, leaves great lacing.

S- Fruity aromas of pear and apple, herbal, slightly medicinal aroma, some mild yeastiness.

T- Caramel sweetness, followed by crispy pear and spicy herbs, some mild medicinal quality, a bit of funk, finish is dry and spicy.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, very flavorful and drinkable.

WillCarrera, Jun 19, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a huge crowning fluffy white head, amazing retention, leaves superb lacing and film. Colour is a brown amber, with active carbonation. A true beauty.

Smell has some prominent belgian yeasty esters. Aged lemon, grapefruit, some vineous wine barrels and sour cherry notes. A definitite Brett sourness on the back. Some bready malt but its quite underplayed. Overall an impecible slightly bitter fruity sourness with real balance.

Taste has a crisp, slight biscuit malt, citrus hops and a soft brett estery sourness, barnyard comes through a bit. Some florals, winey sourness and a complex citrus hop bitterness but a great caramel semi-sweet malt body throughout. The taste is quite rich, with steller complexity, a light minerally touch. The finish is dry, straw, and pleasantly malty.

Mouthfeel has a moderate caramel roasty malt body with some soft carbonation to give a nice refreshing feel. Really nice and drinkable. A solid amount of body but a nice alcohol warmth to boot.

Really quite impeccable beer. It deserves to be hyped, and avoids going overboard on any respects, maintaining a quite complexity and great drinkability. This was had quite young, and I would love to try aging a couple bottles for a year or two. The brett came out most on the nose, where the taste was full of intricacies, a great beer.

mick303, Jun 18, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,408 ratings.