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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,496 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,496
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 218
Gots: 444 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

chippo33, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bellonc, Nov 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

snowmaggedon, Nov 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

banger7, Nov 01, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Dear sweet holy baby jesus mary joseph and john. Would you have a look at that beer. I don’t even want to drink it, I want to ask it out to a fine dinner and slowly woo it before I take it home to be with me forever, and just stare at it. It is perfect looking. Beautiful golden amber color with loads of carbonation dancing up the glass, HUGE beige/off-white head that simply will not quit, crazy lacing, so much yes. Yes, yes please, yes.

S – The smell is gorgeous as well, it’s sweet and citrusy and hoppy and definitely a little bit funky with a grassy and earthy element to it as well. It’s just so very pleasant though.

T – The taste is good. Perhaps even very good. A little bit let down though to be perfectly honest. I was expecting…well, I guess something more. After the appearance and the smell the taste is a tiny bit off. It has a really nice very slight tartness, citrus, barnyard/wet hay funk (in a lovely way) but it’s not really very sweet and not very bitter either and it’s lacking the spice that I have grown so fond of in trappist ales. It’s just slightly underwhelming really. It’s still good, but not quite elite, unfortunately.

M – The mouthfeel is very nice, I will concede that. Rather light body, a ton of carbonation, dry finish.

O – Overall it’s good. But it’s not unbelievable, and not the best trappist ale that I have had. I’m sorry.

….I’m going to leave this somewhat open. The more I drink it the more it’s growing on me. I’ll return to this and give an update, this shant be my last Orval.

KKB, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

MrHyde1886, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

SakellariosVouvalis, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been too long since I've had an Orval so picked one up today at Trig's Cellar 70 in Minocqua, WI. Dated 17/11/2011 and taken from fridge and poured into St. Bernardus goblet.

S: Tart, tangy, little funky. Herbal dry hop aroma wafts up. Bready malt with light caramel or toast smell. No alcohol.

A: Deep amber to light copper. Beautiful pillow of white foam slowly drops into a thin layer with ring as I enjoy the beer. Sticky lacing.

T: Dry hops coming through in nice, herbal hop flavor with light but balancing bitterness. Nothing astringent even hints through. Tiny amount of Brett funkiness, but more in aroma than taste. Malt sweetness is present but is phased out by hop flavor. Hint of alcohol on the finish, but no excessive heat.

M: Probably my favorite part of Orval. Highly "digestable," and yet full in mouthfeel all the same. The fluffy carbonation helps fill the mouth and carry the beer over your tongue. The hop bitterness lingers as a dry mouthfeel. Slight amount of enamel-etching acidity.

O: A must try for any beer geek and one of my favorites in the world. This may be a desert island beer for me. I've yet to have a bottle more than about a year old, so haven't appreciated any of the higher level of funk that aging Brett will bring out. World class, indeed.

JRdaSconnie, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

HiPpYcHoP, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rangr514, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Dentist666
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now 6.2% ABV.
Pours murky amber-brown beer with huge resistant golden head. Aroma of fruits and flowers: apricots, gueuze notes (i.e. horse sweat), pine resin and more. Awesome! Magnificent dry & rather bitter (belgian IPA?) taste. Yeasts and herbal hop. Warmth & bitterness, bitterness & warmth. Outstanding specimen.

Dentist666, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I was really too lazy at this point to go down and fetch my orval chalice I simply use my Chimay chalice instead. I don't think the beer will even Know!

Knew this beer was going to be aggressively carb'd right from cap pop. And it was. The color is a slightly hazy orange amber. The head is quite sizeable, and with the carbs being so aggressive, fades to just a half inch and persists to the end.

Aroma is malty lite hops yeast some funk from a hose stall.
Taste is quite good, tart and yeasty malty Beliqum style bready. Not much in hops, this is a Beligum pale ale and I wasn't expecting alot.

Spritzy and bright on the palette from the carbonation bubbles. Dry and thin but not in flavor.

A very good beer with great depth of flavor to go along with it visual appeal.

micromaniac129, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

greyghost86, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Fuzzycuffs, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ridgeline23, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

mattdbh, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jeckel, Oct 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

lcdawg, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

sansho, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

st9647v3, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sinophile, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jalepeno4, Oct 19, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,496 ratings.