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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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4,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,408
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 212
Gots: 416 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

October 18, 2014

11.2 oz bottle (bottled June 2013), tulip glass

A – Huge, rocky, frothy, white to slightly of-white head, at least three inches, with most of it sticking around for several minutes. Medium amber with high clarity, slight red tinge.

S – Very strong bubble gum aroma, sourdough bread. Some mild estery fruit follows, red apples and light citrus. Mild Brett character.

T – Yeasty, spicy notes with again some fruity esters and a spritz of citrus. The Brett is evident, but not prominent. Some slight malty sweetness and just the barest hint of some floral hop flavors.

M – Foamy from the carbonation, carries all the way through to the finish. Pretty juicy up front with a champagne-like dryness on the swallow.

O – This is a very fresh, bright, spritzy, spring time in the hills type beer. I really love the aromas, but the rest is not at the same level. A true Trappist beer, so it meets expectations and is very well crafted, but I don’t think it’s the best of that group. Still a fantastic beer. It’s all relative.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11.2 oz. bottle from Bottleworks poured into an Orval chalice. Solid amount of head, thick, which lasts a long time. Golden hue, slightly cloudy. Fruity aroma, some leather and mustiness from the Brett yeast. Spice, apple and a little citrus. Hits with tartness and some sweet in the front, with some hops bitterness, then finishes with sweet malt still with a little bitterness. Light to medium on the tongue, medium carbonation, finishes fairly medium and fairly dry. I am going to try cellaring a couple of these bottles for a few years and see what changes.

PacNWDad, Oct 10, 2014
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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,408 ratings.