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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,600 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,600
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 248
Gots: 493 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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.
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Photo of domtronzero
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper with reddish hues. It will be very clear if you pour correctly, leaving the yeast sediment in the bottle. However, I enjoy the extra bite provided by the sediment. I like it hazy and thick. A huge, rocky, foamy whitish head mounds over the beer; head retention is astounding. The head lasts forever, leaving a roadmap of lacing all over the glass. Aroma is very pungent of spicy hops and fruity esters. Taste is very strong and full of fruity esters and spicy hops. Very full and complex, typical of the Belgian Trappist brews. Mouthfeel is dry and thin, with a high carbonation tingling my tongue well into the taste. A very well-crafted beer, simply world class.

Photo of sliks96
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Jesse13713
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Alex5
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Seaba
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Definitely the lightest (in body and in flavor) of the trappist beers I've tried. Almost perfumy, flowery aroma and taste. Smells kind of like a liquor. Spicy, sweet and tangy. Quite unique and enjoyable, but a little too light for a Belgian. 6.9% ABV. Absolutely worth trying, and I can see why some people love this beer. But for $4.50 a bottle, it's not much of a bargain (when I can get Duvel, Westmalle, Unibroue, etc. for less). Note; This beer is terrific with food, my favorite time to drink Orval.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just because I was extremely curious.

What a good looking beer. It has a great golden color, and pours a nice two finger head. The head retention on this is ridiculous! Just fat fat gobs of lacing on the sides, the head just is a gelatin.

The smell is very good also. Orange citrus is a great characteristic in the smell, as well as a mellow hop aroma. A 'Trappist Yeast' aroma is present as well. This is my way of describing the bread malt smell is this mirrored in the flavor.

The taste is just so so. It has a very very light pale ale flavor. Nothing really stands out. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, the orange tangerine sweetness coming from the hops is nice. Just a slight hint of bread malt, something I usually do not care for. This is super drinkable, just a session beer at its best. I just drank the whole glass in the review. I think the drinkability is so high is because of the flavors are mellow, not offensive. I hate the term but 'well balanced' would be a term used to describe this.

Overall good, did not impress, however can understand the love that people have for this beer.

J

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

Poured from bottle into a dfh snifter bottle date 20/05/2011 best by 2016

A: pours a hazy brownish amber with a fat finger of very creamy lookin, very very slightly khaki colored head, excellent retention and lacing...'great looking beer.

S: light sweet citrus, kiss of caramel,a bit of lemon peel and earthy Brett funk, the more this beer warms the less I like the aroma, a very stanky horse hair note starts to come out. Apple, pear.

T: very nice apple and pear flavor with a touch of sweetness, into a bitter orange/lemon citrus rind. Some light floral notes in there as well. The finish reminds me of tart green apple skins. Very tasty and complex, the bitterness caught me a bit of gaurd.

M: very lush and very very dry, nice moderate creamy carbonation...

O: this is a very unique and very tasty brew, really enjoyed this.

Photo of jcb7472
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of zerk
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, with one of the most interesting heads I've ever witnessed... the head sprouted off in every direction... very odd and alluring. Aroma was sour and sweet... fruity and herbal. Flavor began with some sour fruit flavors... apple and pear maybe... became somewhat spicy and finished like an herbal tea. Light to medium body with a quite noticable alcohol presence. This is a beer that I'll need to try again... as it is with most well brewed Belgians, it's far too complex to fully describe.

Photo of Nipitato
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Kick ass looking bottle and logo. Pours with one inch of solid moussy white head. Excellent stand. Opaque/cloudy amber hue. Belgian lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Horse blanket and other farm aromas like cut hay and grass are prominent. Citrus lemon aroma adds an acidic snap. Alcohols are perfume like. Soft malt aroma lingers in the background. As others have notes an incredibly complex and well balanced aroma.

T: Perfume like alcohol flavors trail seamlessly into horse blanket. Soft and only just sweet malt flavor is also noticeable. Leather and minerals and other earthy tastes. Very complex. Hop flavor is low but I think it adds to earthiness.

MF: Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The beer is quite dry. Slight alcohol warmth.

D, notes: A great beer with a great history. This is essentially what beer geeks live for. Quite drinkable. This beer is a style unto itself.

Photo of EdFed
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of micropale
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful and massive cream color head that has a rocky texture. It last forever and sits upon a slightly hazy copper color body with visible carbonation.

S: A complex aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, peaches, apples, and lemon notes. For some reason I'm getting a little metallic smell as well.

T: Wow! This beer does not taste like it smells. Initial taste is green apple and finish taste is green apple. Clove can also be picked up making me think of an apple pie. A little Belgian yeast on the palate but overall it's a clean and crisp flavor that is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter.

M: Light body with lively carbonation and a silky texture. Dry finish.

D: I don't see myself drinking 6 at a time, but if I want to chill and have a Trappist, this would be it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,600 ratings.