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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,499 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,499
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 219
Gots: 446 | FT: 12
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Vogie, Dec 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

cosmonick, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

darren8221, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Vivs85, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

2GOOFY, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

rolive, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

baxter94, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

crosenkrantz, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HANGOVER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ive had this many times before, but i'm not sure i remember it smelling this way....
poured a golden, hazy nectar with a light topping of foam.
smell was citric, vinegar-y, apple cider-ish.... <-- the part i dont remember so much....
taste.... is very nice. light fruit, floral, hoppy. perfect balance, but a little bubbly.
i like this but i remember it tasting a little different. almost bubble-gum-my, in the past editions. but i am grading it from a perspective of knowing this is one of my all time favorites. i rate this with the duvel and chimay, up at the very top. these brews can be very rich, but when in the mood, excellent. the only dings in this would be the small bubbly, champagne sensation on the lips and the unexpected vinegar-y smell i got from the start. although i do love those sours, also.

pkalix, Nov 24, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

ErwinGS, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Hoplomachus, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Derekg, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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SGToliver, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Marc_V
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. I drank this one cooled. This gives the beer a lot more freshness. It's a wonderful thirst quencher. The color is hazy amber with a nice off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is very hoppy, fresh with a touch of fruitiness (citrus). The taste is perfectly balanced between the hop bitterness and the fruity sweetness. The beer is also yeasty. This is by far my all time favorite. A true classic that can be drunk on every occasion.

Marc_V, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

lafunguspore, Nov 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good head retention. Nice deep copper color. Very clear for this type.

S: Floral and fruity.

T: A little bit of a comedown from the appearance and smell. Balance of acidity and malt is not what I'm used to in Trappist. Less yeasty flavor than what I expected.

M: More carbonation than expected.

O: Very good. Not the great ale I was expecting from reputation. Will try again though.

Twincrasher, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,499 ratings.