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

4,550 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,550
Reviews: 2,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 227
Gots: 469 | 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:
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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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval chalice. Foams out of the bottle a bit on opening. Pours a hazy coppery amber with a three finger off-white head with good retention and lots of pillowy lacing. Aroma of citrus, green apple, Bretty yeast, vanilla; floral. Flavor is semi-dry, light apple family fruit, light stone fruit, mild citrus, vanilla, Brett style wild yeast funk, Finishes with fleeting fruit and fruit dessert flavors dominated by the wild yeast funk and bitterness; lightly tart and earthy. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. A very distinctive Belgian pale ale with a unique wild yeast component. I did not like this when I first tried it many years ago, but now having grown to enjoy saison yeasts and a light touch of wild yeast, I can see its appeal. Although the flavor is dominated by the funky yeast, there are a lot of interesting light and subtle fruit and spice flavors in the background. A bit too dry and funky to be a frequent choice, it was a pleasure drinking this again and understanding why it is a classic.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Sandalwood
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a dark orange color with a huge three finger off white foamy head. There is quite a bit of carbonation and a good amount of lacing. The odor is powerful, spices, cardamom, coriander, bread like, fruity, apple, pear, citrus, lemon, and malty. The taste is crisp, spices, clove, coriander, pine, a little bit of apple, grassy, bread like, yeasty. There is some bitterness on the end.

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3.74/5  rDev -11%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

This is one of my favorite beers of all time. When you poor the beer into it's glass it's an orange-esque hue, yet it's first tastes are one of a darker beer, but as you exhale you can taste the hops. Man. Its one of those beers you have to try in your life time. love it!

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Flashy
1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

Purchased in Vermont for $5.99. Have not had this beer since 1980 and now I know why.

Appearance: Looks like a standard solid beer, nice head.
Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, but not the problem.
Body: Not watery, but not the problem.
Smell: I am not a fan of sours and this smells bitter and sour.
Taste: Bitter, sour and very dry.

Overall: Just don't get this one, and I get a lot of things. Will wait another 35 years before trying again- or maybe not. If I was on a beach, on a hot summer day and this choice was warm Orval or warm Bud- I would take the Orval, but under no other circumstances.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.96/5  rDev +18.1%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,550 ratings.