Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.8/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
06-06-2014 22:03:25 | More by SD-Alefan
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
A great beer with more complexity to shake a stick at but at the same time easy to understand why some people, especially beer rookies, don't get in the first time around. Fine backbone with a glorious array of spicy herbal hops, this does the business and does so with dignity.
01-20-2012 21:20:46 | More by Zimbo
3.5/5 rDev -16.7%
Appearance: an cloudy amber/brown pour with an enormous and foamy head accompanied with a very lively body. the glass makes for excellent presentation. it LOOKS like a great beer.
Smell: a dull woody nose, different from what i remember sampling in Canada. earthy notes are very prominent although the nose seems subtle and held back.
Taste: rich and creamy, again, more so then i remember. more woodiness is present in the body along with slight herbal characteristics.
Mouthfeel: very rich and very lively. lots of activity in this beer.
Drinkability: to me this is the most different from all the other trappists. obviously much mess sweet. decent drinkability alothough it is not nearly my favorite trappist. i'm suprised it ranks so highly. i wonder if this is b/c it is labelled a "trappist"?
11-04-2003 15:45:00 | More by Popsinc
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Pours a bright yellow-orange with a fluffy, frothy white head. Good retention and generous lacing. Aroma is a mix of light fruits and Belgian yeast, with a lemony-zest undertone. The aroma seems to be a good omen of what's to come, but the taste just doesn't quite deliver, in my opinion. There's a nice blend of light fruits, lemon and white grapes with the typical Belgian yeast notes - but it's all a bit subdued. There's minimal aftertaste, which is always great in my book, but the overall taste just doesn't impress like I feel it should. Dry crisp finish with generous carbonation and a fairly light body. Drinkability is decent - there's nothing offensive here to slow you down, but I just wasn't particularly wow'd either.
In short, the beer does pretty much everything right and doesn't offend in any way...but the total package is somewhat unremarkable, in my opinion. It's missing that proverbial "je ne sais pas." Regardless, it's a good brew - just doesn't bring the "wow" factor.
12-28-2009 01:04:31 | More by Mavajo
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
pours a beautiful red copper with a 3 finger head and lots of carbonation, beautiful!
Nose is sour yeasts, ripe fruit and citrus with earthy grass
Taste is very complex and unique, starts out more sour and sweetens and bitters as it warms. Taste is multigeared, it's like a sour beer that isn't sour! It's a great mix of sour yeastyness, dried fruit malts and a bitter hop finish.
Notes: incredible, unique beer with plenty of complexity and variance. A true classic
07-17-2009 23:40:42 | More by benclimbs
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Bottle dated 10/05, so this is about 9 months old. Poured into an Orval chalice. Thick golden-brown with a huge foamy head and great retention.
Malty and fruity overtones, especially pear. Quite an alcohol scent as well, though we are approaching 7% (the site lists this at 6.2, but my bottle says 6.9).
Very dry and earthy taste. Alcohol content is evident as well, not as well hidden as most Belgians. The pears are coming through as an undertone, and it is neither as fruity or malty as the scent.
Medium-bodied. Very dry and crisp on the palate.
This is a good treat, but definitely not a session beer. Very dry and fairly high ABV. Overall I'd recommend it, but not more than one or two a night.
06-17-2006 02:31:24 | More by Phocion
3.5/5 rDev -16.7%
I had higher expections for this beer.
Poured an amber color from the bottle. The head starts off strong and dissipates fairly quickly.
The smell and taste are somewhat citrusy. Unfortunately the smell is better than the taste. For a trappist ale, this beer is lacking in the taste & mouthfeel. Overall, I prefer the other trappist ales.
08-28-2007 22:57:20 | More by jdubjacket
4.83/5 rDev +15%
Slightly hazy orangish tan. Huge rocky beige head settles slowly to a rocky cap leaving chunks of foam on the side of the glass.
Slightly sour malty nose. Bit of the old barnyard. Some orange, and forest floor. Touch of pine as well. Just wonderful to smell.
Plenty of malt on the palate, which serves as a launching pad for a vast array of spice and herb flavors. I always get sage and clove as the predominant elements, but there's a good dose of thyme in this one as well. Strong chalkiness particularly in the finish, which is very long.
Mouthfeel is soft and lovely, and really lets the complexity shine through. Very drinkable and a real treat on its own or with dinner. I love Orval for its uniqueness. There really is nothing else like it. A classic.
Bottled on October 24, 2002, best before October 24, 2007.
12-05-2003 03:33:21 | More by Realale
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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