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

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4,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,547
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

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -13.3%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a cloudy light orange. Some foamy, frothy head which slowly dissipates. A small amount stubbornly lingers. Aroma is candied apples, light citrus notes, cranberries, earthy tones, and graham crackers. Taste is a balanced and enjoyable mix that's initially sour but the sourness quickly mutes, allowing full enjoyment of the flavor. I'm getting some floral notes overlayed with more citrus, bread, and rust. Feel is light and poppy, almost like a champagne. An extremely enjoyable beer that's one of my favorites.

This is based on a 5 month old bottle, but try it aged by a few years for an even more unique Orval experience.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

I tried this one on a whim, and ended up loving it. Unlike almost any ale I've had. Smooth, flavorful, well balanced, not too heavy but substantial all the same. I do recommend, as the Brothers do, that you cellar this one for at least a couple weeks before opening. Enjoy chilled and in a frosty glass.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.