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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,262 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,262
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 365 | FT: 9
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.

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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jordanimal

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-26-2014 21:32:06 | More by jordanimal
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottled on 13 Nov. 2008. Best by 13 Nov. 2010.

Pale copper with loads of silky white head. Tons of carbonation; nice clarity and great head retention.

Aroma has plenty of Belgian yeast spice notes, some clove and definitely spicy coriander. Lemony citrus aromas and some other fruity notes. Underlying this is a definite nice earthy funk aroma.

More spicy yeast notes, the definitive Belgian trappist flavor. Paired with very musty, earthy and funky Brett notes. The flavor is brightened nicely with a lemony acidity.

Crisp and well carbonated, silky. The earthy Brett characteristics make for a very heavy body that is somewhat fatiguing to the palate.

A lovely brew all around. Great yeast and spicy notes; and the Brett pairs quite nicely with the brighter acidic and fruity notes.

06-24-2010 01:41:32 | More by goldbot
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

This is a beautiful, active pour. Golden amber with a monstrous head reminiscent of a (root) beer float. Active carbonation on the way up and swirls of sediment on the way down. Subtle, clean grain smell with spiciness on the fringes. Eminently smooth texture with a complex palate that ranges from a sweet, malty start to a very crisp middle and dry, warm finish. A very pleasant find.

04-14-2003 14:13:57 | More by BitteBier
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-09-2013 03:33:02 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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JohnG190

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1%

Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head that settles into a lacy cap. Complex aroma of yeast, caramel and funk. Earthy with a hint of hoppiness and some barnyard. Medium body with light carbonation starts and finishes bone dry. Super complex and superbly crafted, though I would expect nothing less from one of the worlds great beers!

06-19-2013 21:25:41 | More by JohnG190
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AWB3

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-31-2014 21:32:50 | More by AWB3
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fisherbray

Florida

5/5  rDev +19%

04-24-2012 08:28:47 | More by fisherbray
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-24-2011 05:44:37 | More by MaineMike
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bca115

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-02-2013 23:12:37 | More by bca115
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

08-09-2013 19:22:05 | More by ThrashMaster
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-03-2013 08:11:00 | More by Flashyspoons
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goz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

dated 20-06-2007 on the bottle.

Pours hazy orange in color, huge white head that lasts and lasts, leaving sheets of lacing the whole way down. Aroma is very strong, lots of yeast (barnyard, dough, some cheese), some perfume, flower, and grass from the hops, and some spiciness. Flavor starts with some of the perfume coming through, turns slightly sour, ends with some herbal grassy hop flavor. Body is medium, and ends dry as can be.

03-29-2003 09:58:18 | More by goz
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours a cloudy golden amber, with a billowing head that is made up of the most refined looking bubbles.
Smells of horse sweat, tart apples, and lemon with a serious undertone of so many smells it will take me a few times to pull them out.
With a seriously bubbly mouth feel, it has a nice effect on the belly.
First taste to hit the tongue is the sour citrus which you taste almost immediately on the end of your tongue. Tartness that was smelled is picked up from maybe the hops.

So much more to the beer than what I have written but one of the best if not the best I have ever had.

04-24-2010 01:17:52 | More by Spineypanda
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GinsuDave

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19%

07-02-2013 01:42:27 | More by GinsuDave
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-10-2013 01:29:13 | More by justforrazors
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a light golden color with a large amount of head which takes much time to settle. The smell is pungent, mostly with fruits especially that of apricots. Like COASTERFREAK75 said, the smell of alcohol is also prevalent although it is pretty well covered up. The taste is fruity, but the alcohol taste takes hold as the drink goes down. This makes it much less smooth, and makes you take your time between sips. It also lingers for a long time after the beer is swallowed with the same alcohol-heavy taste. Any fan of a strong-flavored drink will enjoy this... especially the hops-heavy pale ale lovers out there...

03-08-2005 19:03:00 | More by Toddv29424
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musicforairports

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottled 4/22/10, good until 4/22/15. Reviewed 2/27/11.

Hazy copper in color, with a head that's absolutely enormous and fluffy and lasts the whole way through with some crazy lacing. took more than one pour to get into the glass. Lots of bubbles.

Smells like yeast, dark fruits and some funkiness.

Taste is complex: Some bready yeast, some hay-like funkiness, some bitter hops, and some darker malt flavors going on. None too overpowering, but none weak either. Lots of balance. Finishes bitter. It's flavorful from start to finish, and I find something new every sip. A fun one to drink.

Mouthfeel is light and reasonably fizzy, but the flavors keep it from feeling very watery.

Really a fantastic beer here, and one I could drink a lot of.

02-28-2011 00:48:46 | More by musicforairports
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a Duvel chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, the bottled on date, and a drink by date,

A: Cloudy burnished gold and orange with a very thick, white head that looks like a milkshake.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, funky yeast, and sugar.

T: Delicious toasty malt backed by a strong yet elegant back bone of hoppy grapefruit and pine (there is also a slight bubblegum). The finish has nice hops, but it does not overdue it.

M: Medium and dry with a nice zing of carbonation.

O: Sometimes I feel like people in America assume that since a beer is from Belgium it must be good. There is no mistaking Orval; it is very good. The beer is balanced and elegant, and it easy blends a higher alcohol percentage. Lovely flavors continue to develop as the beer warms. It truly is a a winner.

10-15-2011 20:12:59 | More by ianjsullivan
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 14:20:49 | More by Dweedlebug
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brewtus

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured into a tulip. I've always passed this up due to its easy avilablitity.
A- woah pours with a huge fluffy white head, orange and pretty clear.
S- I get banana, sweet, bready, funk, hay,
T- nice and hoppy, dry, champaign like taste, straw, some citrus fruit, some funk
M- pretty carbonated
O- very good, I expected a lot more of the traditional coriander and banana. It is a very good, glad I finally tried it

11-26-2013 02:04:48 | More by brewtus
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MrNate

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-29-2013 15:16:52 | More by MrNate
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neorunner

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

09-12-2013 15:31:36 | More by neorunner
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

(11.2oz bottle-bottled 5.19.2010). Pours a hazy apricot color with a chunky white head and active carbonation. Nice lacing. The beer is almost one year old and seems to have lost its hop aroma. I’m mostly getting some sour, funkiness with some berries. Taste is tart-not quite sour-but the hops are there, albeit faint. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter and dry. My tastes have changed a great deal since I last had an orval and I like it much more now. It’s taken a loooong time for me to get into sour (or sourish) beers

05-03-2011 05:15:02 | More by trappistlover
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to Mark and Liz for this one!

A - Opaque light brown dark orange color. Fluffy off-white head retains well at a half inch. Lacing doesn't venture too far from the head.

S - Very pungent fruity yeastiness, lemony citrus, peppery malts.

T/M - Starts out thick, in texture and taste, dry oatty malts with a bit of citrus and some light biting carbonation. Yeasts come in lemony and bittersweet. Unique finish, almost aromatic, like tea with lemon in it; yeasty.

D - A unique experience overall and very drinkable if not for the elevated price. Found the texture to be overly thick and needing more carbonation to compliment the sharp flavors.

01-20-2008 03:14:40 | More by umustdrink
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

A: This is taking a while to pour...huge carbonation going on. The head of this beer is literally floating on top of the glass. Huge, fluffy white head that looks sticky as hell. The beer itself is a dark orange, cloudy brown. Never seen lacing like this. The head is literally forming clumpy shapes on the side of the glass.

S: Getting the Brett right off the bat, haven't even put my nose up to it yet. Floral spiciness, bready yeast and some funk. Citrus notes. Very nice nose. Herb garden and some earth mixed in.

T: Great funkiness from the Brett, citrus of the nose dies a bit on the palate. There's still a lump of head stuck to the top edge of my glass. Outstanding. Good spice and banana notes, not as pronounced as most Belgians I have tried.

M: The high carbonation is fantastic for this style. Brings out the floral and citrus notes quite nicely. Good pepper bite on the aftertaste as well. Crisp and complex. Divine BPA.

D: This beer is finding its way into my stomach rather quickly, fantastic drinkability. Everything about the beer was spot on for its style. Light, yet complex. Crisp and refreshing, with a bit of Brett funk. Perfect balance.

07-30-2010 02:48:55 | More by kiddynamite920
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,262 ratings.