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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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4,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,324
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 203
Gots: 390 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Sellen, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

dawardster, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

DoublEE17, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

MarkCraven, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

GatorLCA, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

alexm1309, Jul 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

cbridge27, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Patitifa, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of HuskyHawk
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

How do you rate a beer in a style you don't care for? This is very well made, very balanced, not funky or offensive. The head is massive and sticks to the glass impressively. It's cloudy, medium amber in color. Nutmeg and wet earth on the nose with a yeasty bread behind it. The taste has more nutmeg, some cinnamon and a light overripe fruit taste. Finishes rather dry, not at all sweet. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. A great example of a style I don't love.

HuskyHawk, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

xhuang61, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

robertjskelton, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Hazee, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Nick4444, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber brown with a head that literally foams forever, it's like a beer from a cartoon.

Smells of sweet malt, bread, and some Belgian yeast funk.

Tart, sourdough bread like malt backbone with a funky dankness to it.

Mouthfeel is soft and well carbonated.

Overall this is a perfect classic.

larryarms847, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jamis, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DamienI, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

droobydoo, Jul 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

AmishLightning, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

thufflife, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

bholt5, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass, first impression on pour was the small diameter bubbles and rich two finger head that lasted forever, lacing all around, darker hazy orange brown color

Aroma of musty yeast is the big nose impression, a little fruitiness, Pleasant,but mostly a yeast aroma, very distinctive and unlike any other aroma. Different from any of the other Trappist Ales, even to my less than perfect nose (I often don't smell the same things that appear in many reviews)

Taste of muscadines, sweet at first, develops over time into something even more pleasant. Reminded me of sweeter local vineyard wines than any other beer before.

One of the best mouth feels I have tried. Dry, and smooth, with a very rich full body. Nothing harsh, and only the afterglow lets you know there is more than the usual alcohol here. American Extreme brewers could take a lesson here. Doesn't smack you around.

Overall: I purchased this Trappist Ale expecting to be impressed and I was. I would love to try this one a little closure to its origin. Two of these and I could see myself considering the monastic life….

JLSIV, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

gory4d, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Vargavaka, Jul 22, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.