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

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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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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-27-2014 00:11:52 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange colour topped by a GIGANTIC head of dense, cream-coloured foam. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass and great head retention.

Smell: Lemony citrus, some pine resin, juniper berries, some earthiness

Taste: Bitterness is prominent right from the start and becomes more piney and resinous at the finish. Citrus acidity is present throughout as well as some well-balanced phenolic spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light body and high carbonation. The texture is very light and smooth -- the beer feels very light on the palate without being watery and thin. Very nice job.

Drinkability: The light body, great complexity, and dry finish all help make this beer highly drinkable. The only thing keeping this from being a good session is the elevated abv.

330mL brown bottle with bottled on and best before dates clearly stamped on the label.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 21:19:15 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-14-2014 23:32:55 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-23-2013 06:00:18 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard Orval teardrop bottle from the Coop for about $5.50 carefully poured into my New Belgium goblet leaving the yeast sediment behind.

4 finger rocky head that left behind ribbons of thin lace.. brew is slightly hazy orange.

Aroma is complex spicy.. earthy.. some citrus.. perfumy

Flavor is jam-packed.. good bitterness .. very dry finish.. slightly sour with earthy hoppiness abound.. This beer is very complex.. probably too complex for my palate to appreciate.. all I can really say for sure is it is fantastic. Huge carbonation with a light/medium body.

I've had Orval probably 8-10 times over the years and always tell myself I must cellar some... this time I will.. I hope.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 07:23:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a large (2-3 finger) frothy white head. The head sticks around for quite a while, very good retention, looks like a cloud. The head moves with the beer, doesn't hold onto the glass very well.

Smells a lot like a Tripel - a lot of fruit along with some sweet malt. There's not the tinge of alcohol though, probably because it's weaker than a normal Tripel.

Tastes great, fruity with a good bit of sweetness. Not quite crisp enough to be considered amazing.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation is a bit intense, and otherwise it feels a little too thin.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. There's nothing that makes it hard to drink it, but there's also nothing that makes it outstanding.

I would recommend this beer, just because it's an interesting melding of a Tripel and a Blonde. There are characteristics of both in this beer, and it's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 19:35:06 | More by glid02
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Poured into a Duvel snifter. Good deep brown body and big head. Head laced on the sides and clumped in the middle.
Aroma of ripe (brown) bananas, malt and some citrus hops.
taste was more of an IPA style. Hops and citrus, with some roasted malt, biscuit and basil.
Had a bit of a bite to it, more hops than I expected, finished with a dryness. A complex beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 22:31:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-20-2013 18:07:47 | More by sendbeer
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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a magnificent hazy deep orange, the head monstrous in size, creamy in its consistency and as it evanesces, leaves behind a satiny sheet of fine lace. The aroma of ripe bananas, yeast, sweet brown sugar with the malt underpinning it all makes this a real sniffers delight. Start malt and lightly sweet, the top slim in feel on the palate, biting in its acidity, the hops perky in their spicy bite, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A real treat in all aspects and I prefer it to “Duvel”, and many other Belgians for that fact.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 15:29:25 | More by Gusler
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beertunes

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/13/07. Poured into Chalice (gotta get a tuilp!). Poured a deep, dark yellow, almost orange. Slightly hazy, this beer is darker than most Pales. A big fluffy head of tight bubbles that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. A noticeable apple aroma with some spice tones, no apparent yeast scent. The dry, apple flavor follows the aroma without the acidity of cider. The spiciness is reminiscent of apple pie to a small degree. A full, smooth, balanced body. Very drinkable, I could have several of these in row with no trouble. A wonderful beer that is slightly different than most of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 21:05:35 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tart fruit, yeast, hint of hop, slight sugar, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. The feel is also dry and tart. Tastes of slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and slight tartness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 13:46:58 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

11-23-2011 02:30:14 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: spices, malts, citrus

taste: very sweet, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth, dry finish

drinkability: goes down easy. wish it was a bit cheaper.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:08:53 | More by THECPJ
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this for almost a year.

Bottled on 12.08.2004
Best before 12.08.2009

A: Caramel in colour, with tons of fluffy, slightly off-white head! Lots of retention and incredible lacing! (Enough to make some stouts jealous)! Exceptional. Perfect.

S: Some nice bready malt and caramelized sugar, along with a little solvent-like aroma of fresh hops. Only a hint of fruit (appricot?).

T: The balance is slightly bitter, but it's crisp, and not at all harsh. There's a little chewy, bready malt. Hints of fruit, a little citrousy, smooth hop flavour, with a crisp, slightly tart aftertaste (with that horse/leather quality). The alcohol is very subdued, not assertive at all. Brilliantly unique.

M: Light to moderate body, moderately high carbonation.

D: Awesome. Nothing is overwhelming, so it's easily approachable, but there's enough complexity to keep the taste buds amused. Very digestible (in the Belgian tradition).
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March 8, 2006: I've just had an Aug 29, 2005 bottle and subsequently increased the taste from a 4.5 to a 5.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:52:27 | More by Derek
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 2011 dated; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - a darker copper body than memory served, light beige ring

smell: herbal, bready, trace hints of brett, a little funk, some citric hops

taste: some "euroskunk" at first, which thankfully clears as this one opens up...still the funk isn't that heavy, and the brett in say NG Golden Ale seems more graceful. Orval is quite earthy with some rustic bready flavors, must, hay, leafy bitterness

mouthfeel: light, well carbonated

overall: solid stuff, but this bottle isnt reminiscent of ones consumed overseas

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 02:40:38 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking a bottle of Orval in an Orval chalice, and I just realized that I've never reviewed this beer. Despite having stopped at the monastery 2 years ago, despite having had it in many restaurants over the last few years, despite loving Matilda, etc. Well, here goes: Orval is possibly my least favorite of the Trappist beers, but it also has to be the most unique. The beer is copper colored and clear, maybe slightly hazed, with a thick dry-looking head. The smell is very complex, some grass, leather, barnyard funk, and hops (Belgian-style). The taste is everything from the aroma plus a little sour. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a little thin, maybe due to a dry acidic after-taste. I think the drinkability is very good, as I'm interested in the complexity of the flavors. A great beer but maybe difficult to appreciate at first.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:56:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-27-2014 22:51:16 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

young (5 month old) bottle served in small glass. {Review revised after tasting on 1 Oct. 2011 -- exactly 1 year later!}

A. clear ample with an ample creamy head. Head is exceptionally long lasting!

M - effervescent; thin & bubbly but not quite watery; nice dry finish.

S - A complex nose that is yeasty, floral, fruity but a tad musty.

T - markedly sour; hoppy; malty

O - a unique and interesting dry-hopped Trappist ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 03:38:36 | More by chinchill
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-15-2013 01:05:12 | More by billab914
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%

03-21-2014 05:28:56 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11/13/08 bottle

Pours with an outrageous amount of carbonation. The frothy head almost goes over the top of the glass, leaving patchy lacing everywhere. The retention is high, with frothy notes on the beer.

Bitter and acidic in the nose with some tart hints. Bready notes, citric acid and pith. Touches of grapefruit and orange.

Slightly bitter up front with acidic notes. Tart and refreshing with citrus flavor. Grapefruit and orange flow through the profile. Light bready malt backbone dissolves in between the citrus and funky yeast. Finishes dry, tart, and sweet.

Medium body, ridiculously high carbonation, prickly and sticky on the tongue. This has the potential to be great, but there's definitely some really obvious flaws.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:58:13 | More by xnicknj
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-19-2013 20:15:57 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely golden amber, great effervescant bubbling, and the perfect thick foamy head and stickage with every sip. The picture of Belgian pale ale. Crisp hrbal spice aroma, that evens out with sweet honey like malts and maybe an earthy hop finish. This smells awesome, no other words needed. Starts out with a dry biscuit malt and honey sweetness with a splash of tea-like spices. The dryness turns to a gentle, tart apple skin. Complex palate starts sweet and finishes dry to tart. Lots of flavors and textures to this beer. I'm glad this beer is sold individually instead of via a six-pack and such. Also the $4 and up price in my area, really makesyou apprecite this beer that much more eery time you buy it.

This is the best Begian pale ale I'e ever had... hands down!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 06:44:02 | More by scruffwhor
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into wine glass oct6 2010

A a gusher that's a very hazy brownish orange, very carbonated with a large soapy head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lace

S quite funky with spicy hops some yeast and a little booze

T again nice level of funk with a spicy complexity and some fruit I can't quite place, a fair bit going on here hard to wrap my head around

M medium bodied with almost too much carbonation, it turns too foam in your mouth, nothing unpleasant just very active

D very complex beer that leaves you thinking, before I figured it out my glass was empty

found this one in a hole in the wall liquor store in PEI, a little surprised I'd never reviewed this before I've had it several times. I like the funk and would recommend this to anyone, would love to try a vertical of this beer it seams different every time I try it

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:16:36 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-13-2012 03:22:52 | More by rolltide8425
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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