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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,333 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,333
Reviews: 2,114
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 206
Gots: 394 | FT: 8
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

strongaf, May 17, 2012
Photo of rdespain
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the most original and funkiest beers ever made! Drinking it makes me feel like I am walking through a hay field during the early harvest. Lots of cows grazing around in the fields, freshly pollinated flowers, and funky fresh smells all on the wind. Love the beer, have had it fresh (less than three months old) and aged (3+ years in bottle), and I love it every time. Every bottle is different but the funk and the pure farm freshness remains each time.

rdespain, May 15, 2012
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange color with a slight haze and a more robust head than expected. The aroma is very yeasty with fruit overtones and a bit of spice. The taste is complex, quite malty with spice, to the sweet side but just a trace of bitterness and less pronounced fruit than the aroma. The yeast tang is there but less predominant than with many Belgians. The body is medium heavy and it has medium high carbonation.

Overall, it's a very distinctive beer and one I would recommend even to those who shy from trappist ales.

Deconstructionis, May 15, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev -4.8%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Stumpy29er, May 13, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the aroma was an immediate pineapple scent. By far, this was the highlight for me. Giving a slight head, the ale was a pale yellow with a moderate degree of cloudiness. The first taste sensation was a mild banana flavor which did not last long. Of course, this was the Belgian yeast shining though. The banana was accompanied by a tart woody flavor with a lemon notes. In some ways, the lemon reminded me of a saison. The flavors were balanced on an earthy backbone with a slightly sour aftertaste. It became obvious that this was a pale ale at this point. This Belgian pale ale was a unique experience. While I enjoyed it, I found myself wanting more from the beer. The Belgian yeasts seemed smothered by the other flavors.

JohnnyHopps, May 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

OP7iK, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

ChanceK, May 12, 2012
Photo of Edruil
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Edruil, May 11, 2012
Photo of Sharkophile
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Appears a gorgeous, murky dark orange with some shades of brown. Crowned with an big, dense white head with excellent retention. Looks excellent.

S: Smells very fruity, with some apple, strawberry and banana flavors thrown around. Also some earthy funk, grain and booze evident.

T: Oh boy... initially grainy and fruity, with apple-y and subtle banana flavors. Then comes the funk, with a big, earthy, peppery spiciness with some vanilla and bitter flavors. Finishes dry with some grainy sweetness and some residual peppery flavors. Very different. I like.

M: Medium body with a smooth, creamy carbonation which suits the beer perfectly.

O: A terrific beer with a completely unique flavor profile. The earthiness of from the yeast, hops and brett make for a terrific, in-your-face drinking experience.

Sharkophile, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ZethOfTheNorth, May 10, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fluffy white three inch head on a slightly murky ruby-red beer. Tons of effervescence going on within the tulip. Clumptastic lacing and great head retention.

S- Undeniable Belgian yeast strain peppery spiciness. It's like a candied funk, hard to describe (albeit undeniable..yeah!).

T- Pale malts, "grape skin", some funk, bubble gum. So much going on. Tasty. Subtle sweet aftertaste. Hard to detect any alcohol, just want to keep drinking.

M- Creamy medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation bubbles.

D/O- The first sip of this beer is like a kick in the gonads but in your mouth. "What is this!?" Subsequent imbibing produces a flurry of happy chemical release in my brain. Really like nothing I've had before. This is classic. Highly recommended for Belgian beer fans.

Duff27, May 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

guezarka, May 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

jrjordao, May 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

schwee, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

whino, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Bobhoya, May 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

KBennall, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

orangesol, May 07, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a tulip- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a 3-finger head, pretty decent retention, nice lacing. Fine looking Belgian.

Smell is nice- that patent Belgian yeast smell; earthy. Plus a little malt sweetness.

Tastes a little less exciting than I was imaging but you can really taste lots of different flavors- very well balanced. A little funk, a little earthiness, some nice pale malt sweetness, with a little hop bitterness as well. Great that you can actually taste the hops. A little stale though.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium body with full carbonation. Not my favorite golden belgian but certainly worth trying for the complexity of flavor. And an excellent beer.

Update: As I continue to drink it (it's been about an hour now), the yeast REALLY dominates the flavor; almost as if it's totally consumed the malt. Still some hops.

Hopdaemon39, May 07, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a very cloudy brown orange color with a beautiful, consistent, pillowy two and a half finger cream colored head. Huge clumps of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass. Some light sediment resting at the bottom. Looks good.

S. Apple, pear, banana, clove, grape skin, and some hints of brown sugar.

T. Grape skin, apple, pie crust, some light hop bitterness. Very fruity and juicy.

M. Light bodied, highly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, some lingering bitterness from fruit rinds and hops.

O. A very solid Belgian pale. Sweetness and bitterness and balanced very nicely here and this is definitely a refreshing beer.

siege06nd, May 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

antoines15, May 06, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: light amber with an off-white one finger head that lingers. thick lacing.

S: citrus abounds. Belgian yeast and malts

T: A citrus-y, orange and lemon mix. Smooth, with a hoppy backbite. Resin-y. Light malts. Floral. Refreshing. Complex, yet oh, so simple.

M: medium; creamy, frothy. Heavy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: Duvel with hops. A primo brew. A bit pricey, but worth a try. A great celebration sipper. Fill out your Belgian dance card with this old school flavor-ite.

brewskifan55, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Snowrs, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Hanzo, May 06, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,333 ratings.