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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,158 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,158
Reviews: 2,101
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 180
Gots: 321 | FT: 10
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-08-2012 08:35:55 | More by rbmjr1
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-08-2012 01:16:03 | More by pohldogg356
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Winslow

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-07-2012 15:44:44 | More by Winslow
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safiske

California

5/5  rDev +19%

03-07-2012 02:09:41 | More by safiske
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eorwar

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-06-2012 10:50:59 | More by eorwar
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javiernano

California

5/5  rDev +19%

03-06-2012 02:40:21 | More by javiernano
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Whiskeyjack

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2012 19:53:05 | More by Whiskeyjack
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/20/11

Poured into goblet, nice thick frothy head...bubbly, almost alive
Nice and hazy looks like some my favorite ipas and laces every sip
Smells of Belgian yeasts and fruit galore...exotic for sure
Tasted like smells, layers of different tastes pop up all throughout...one of few beers you can still smell while drinking
I really enjoy this Belgian and its complexity, overall a truely enjoyable beer when your in the mood for something from overseas

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:42:27 | More by Mounty4Life
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2neardead

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-04-2012 22:55:33 | More by 2neardead
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HollandTunnels

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-03-2012 22:19:47 | More by HollandTunnels
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Drinkerofales

California

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky dark copper/brown beer that has some gold in the light. A fluffy vanilla ice cream colored head doesn't leave much lacing, covered the beer until the final sip.

Smell is Belgian yeast, and as it warms up, a rich fruity green apple scent.

Taste is different. A strangely strong, yet mellow tart bitter hop flavor builds until the middle, dry malt on the finish, and that Belgian yeast is present throughout.

Beer with a bite, lively, and very drinkable.

I am always looking for something different, and this flavor has it. I have yet to have something so strong, yet mellow and nice. A great beer I will enjoy and recommend.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:26:37 | More by Drinkerofales
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-03-2012 18:07:30 | More by wizo
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aclark44

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19%

03-03-2012 02:35:07 | More by aclark44
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a big head of light tan bubbles, although it's rather short-lived. The color is a murky rusty-copper, with ample yeasty cloudiness. Not much head retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Smells complex and nothing like I had expected. Lots of dark fruits, a touch a anise, and some sour acetaldehyde notes. Some sweet bready malt and grassy hops come through as well, but this is overall much more dark and heavy feeling than I had anticipated. I'm picking up some molasses, figs, and some caramel malt. It's got a slightly herbal, or medicinal quality that turns me off a little, sort of reminds me of a barley wine in this regard. Butterscotch, brown sugar, and a distinct spicy character also come through.

T - Sort of strange, lots of sweet malt presence, kind of butterscotch like. Quite bready and yeasty through the middle, with lots of dark fruits complimenting this. Finishes with a dry, earthy hop feel with a pronounced spiciness. Lots of odd buttery-sweet malt flavors throughout. The dark fruits don't really work well with this malty sweetness, and the strange acetaldehyde funkiness really feels off. I get a touch of oak-like cherry flavor and herbal notes after it warms a bit, furthering the similarities between this and a barley wine. Overall this flavor profile feels a bit disjointed and peculiar to me; it's a decent tasting beer and undeniably complex, but far from other Belgian ales I've enjoyed.

M - Medium bodied feel, with nice smooth carbonation, just like I would expect a Trappist ale feel like, but at the same time the body feels a touch slick and oily. Kind of syrupy even.

D - Definitely feeling a little underwhelmed by Orval. While I'm a big fan of Belgian ales, this one wasn't really my cup of tea - or beer I suppose. It was certainly worth trying once, and maybe I'll even revisit it again with a re-review down the road, but until then Orval will sit comfortably behind the likes of finer Belgian ales out there for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:30:27 | More by Converge
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vr6corrado

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-02-2012 18:04:51 | More by vr6corrado
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amart79

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very big frothy head on a golden brown cloudy body

S - dark fruits, very complex smell

T - The dark fruits and funky complex flavors are right there and stick with you.

M - light carbonation with a smooth feel with a small bite right in the middle

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:42:52 | More by amart79
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SURFBUGG

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-01-2012 21:10:20 | More by SURFBUGG
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Beezee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-01-2012 04:08:49 | More by Beezee
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shigg85

Japan

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo. Poured it into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Amazing thick head that settles and remains for the life of the brew in a fried egg pattern with a thick yolk in the middle of the glass that thins out from there. The smell is the first thing that embraces me as I pour it. Amazingly strong and pleasant! The taste is equally wonderful: a strong barley base with fruity notes of apple and spice. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but still pleasant in how it foamed back up in the mouth a bit. Overall, another great Belgian trappist brew to add to the list.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 23:19:35 | More by shigg85
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derekfilcoff

Florida

5/5  rDev +19%

02-28-2012 23:00:56 | More by derekfilcoff
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wrath98

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-28-2012 17:42:35 | More by wrath98
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Philousa

California

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark tan with a thick three finger head. Takes a while to settle down, but it's not out of control. Belgian yeast is the showcase for the nose. Banana, allspice, some beligan pale malt aroma and some sweet caramel. Lighter than I was expecting. The taste is thoroughly bitter with a light body. Most spices come through well in taste, allspice and pepper mostly, but it's mild. Tart lemon zest lingers with the bitterness. Medium moutfheel, well balanced. Dry finish.

This was very mild. I can tell that there are complexities in here, but it's hard to coax out of the glass. I get more malt aroma with a good swirl, which showcases the grains well, but the yeast really doesn't stand out as much as I think it should. I feel pretentious saying how this beer should be brewed, one that has been brewed for hundreds of years, but hey, it's how I feel. I'm thinking this was built up too much for me and I wanted more complexity. It's a great Belgian Pale, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:21:51 | More by Philousa
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beermaned

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-27-2012 22:32:04 | More by beermaned
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-27-2012 18:28:29 | More by MisledTitan
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LukeONeill


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-27-2012 05:11:02 | More by LukeONeill
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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