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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,261 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,261
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 364 | FT: 9
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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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-04-2012 07:12:19 | More by standardcherry
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anwo56

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-02-2012 22:07:36 | More by anwo56
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-02-2012 04:43:03 | More by chickenm
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-01-2012 04:19:08 | More by jlogan7
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-31-2012 02:40:46 | More by rogerthegill
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RollBeerTide

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-31-2012 02:05:20 | More by RollBeerTide
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erha2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-30-2012 02:21:15 | More by erha2
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19%

05-29-2012 19:05:58 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Pichon


4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-29-2012 04:42:14 | More by Pichon
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ehammond1


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark orange and amber in color with a huge, incredibly persistent off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines and rings and webs of lacing down the glass. Superb.

Incredibly fresh, pungent, hoppy, and funky aroma, even after 2+ years of aging in my cellar. There's lots of citrus, white fruits like apples and pears, mild funk, earth, hay, and grass. This is what I look for in a Belgian pale.

The flavor is more bitter and funk-forward than I would have imagined after experiencing the aroma. There's still good amounts of white fruit, earthiness, and grass flavors, but the bitterness and funk are dominant. Mind you, I'm not complaining.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I wouldn't say "No" to another, that's for sure. This is delightful.

05-29-2012 02:22:24 | More by ehammond1
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tlake38

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-28-2012 00:05:20 | More by tlake38
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Tomblerone

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

05-27-2012 17:05:07 | More by Tomblerone
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-27-2012 01:15:21 | More by theminutemen
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s4s

California

2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

05-26-2012 16:52:49 | More by s4s
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SiccarPoint

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

First review... here goes!

bottle, served in a tulip, bottled 06/10/11.

A - Dark pale, coppery, rusty. Quite cloudy. Not what I was expecting, but... intriguing. Monster, slightly off-white head with some big, big bubbles forming.Leaves a nice lacing. Pleasing stringers of tiny bubbles abound.

S - Suprisingly unfragrant, but what there is is nice. Orange citrus, spicy/peppery, subtle notes of Brett on the the first sniff - "wet hay" - but not much after. Hadn't realised this was going to be a bit sour - nice surprise!

T - Whoa! Again, another surprise. Was expecting malt from the colour, but dominant impression is "structural" - bitter, hoppy, very, very dry, slightly yeasty, slightly sour. Very little fruit. Mineral, flinty character, almost like a chablis. Front edge is all bitterness, with the mouthfeel (if not flavour) of banana-y esters, easing out into very light citrus zest, then a long tail of... all sorts. Definite notes of bitter leafy greens - rocket, dandelion. Bitter hops. Woody deliciousness, with a hint of oak. Peppery. Gets gradually sweeter. For a fairly strong beer though, surprisingly thin/watery. Flavours are great, but quite subtle. First thought was "What the...?", but a few mouthfuls later, was fantastic.

M - Nice. Very light, high carb. Almost champagne-like. Perhaps a little watery.

O - Very unusual; very nice. Not one for the regular circulation, but definitely a must try.

05-25-2012 23:13:11 | More by SiccarPoint
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +19%

05-25-2012 20:21:59 | More by WynnO
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Wamba

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19%

05-25-2012 16:16:11 | More by Wamba
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Tumble

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2012 21:12:49 | More by Tumble
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Kam

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2012 01:26:40 | More by Kam
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

05-21-2012 01:27:00 | More by tedho21
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Romulux

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-20-2012 19:27:44 | More by Romulux
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bottle, served in a chimay goblet, bottled on June 8, 2010.

A - Darker side of pale with 1.5" robust, frothy head

S - Bitter hops, mixed with the slightly sour scent of brett. Very appetizing.

T - A very pleasant bitter mixed with a slight yeast comes in just before the carbonation. The carbonation and taste are tasted at the same time, even though the carbonation level is high. Quite delightful. Barnyard funk comes in afterward with dandelion. Unusual, but delicious.

M - Good amount of carbonation, exemplary representation of the style.

Wow. What a delight. One of my favorite pale ales for sure. Got another couple in the cupboard. Ill let them age a bit, see how they mature.

05-20-2012 03:46:19 | More by Beelzebeer
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brewblues82

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2012 18:51:36 | More by brewblues82
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leansean88

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-18-2012 20:12:10 | More by leansean88
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DougT

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-18-2012 05:00:04 | More by DougT
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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