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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rodlavers, Jul 22, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drawn to this bottle for some reason. Bready boozy smell at outset. Cider-like color with thick lacing. The best part of this brew for me is the complexity. At first taste I do sense the yeast, the astringency is there as others will agree here. I may seem off a bit in this but vinegar comes to mind as a mouth sensation, if you can somehow picture that in a good way. I guess there is an odd abrasiveness that somehow "works". Yes it is quite dry, however I can't help, and can hardly believe, that I also detect fruit or fig in the taste. As I mentioned, this is all about complexity. The mouthfeel for me is most abrasive up front, but it is up front where i also smell the fruit-like bouquet as I am tasting it. For some reason and I can't pinpoint exactly how, but this is very drinkable for a beer with such a distinct character. Spices are picked up too. Unusual. I guess the reason i think Orval is so good despite some unusual characteristics is due to the expertise in the brewery of using their "brettanomyces" yeasts the way they do. Apparently in most beers these yeasts are considered contaminants. With that it's no wonder I also favor saisons. All good here.

TBoneJones, Jul 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark golden color with strong yeast haze and a translucent shine near the bottom of the glass. The head is a two finger offwhite color that settles down to one finger, leaving thick clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Subtle spicing (such as ginger and coriander), along with a bright malt background and pleasant barnyard funk. A little weak, but a solid scent otherwise.

T: Quite bready, but not sweet at all...in fact, it's a little bitter, especially in conjunction with its predominant funk note. Exhales give off light fruit esters such as pear. A bit of an acquired taste; the first sip is slightly off, but once the impressive complexity and light accumulating funk do their work on the tongue, it becomes quite balanced and nicely nuanced.

M: Somewhat heavy, with a finishing dry astringency. It's not as carbonated (or as bloated) as some Belgians are, giving it nice drinkability.

O: Great beer, but this stuff really needs to be paired with some good cheese to allow its character to truly come through. This really isn't for everyone, so keep that in mind - it gets high marks more for its craftsmanship than anything.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wells9uk, Jul 06, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.