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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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4,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,177
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 328 | FT: 9
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-26-2012 11:18:39 | More by OttomanSoxFan
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 11/17/10 and best by 11/17/15.

A: A slow pour resulted in a pillowy two finger head. This one has some carb.Good retention and heavy lacing throughout. Body is copper colored and fairly clear.

S: White pepper and clove. Bready yeast. Earthy barnyard funk and hay. Lemon citrus. Some floral notes that add a touch of sweetness to the aroma.

T: Like the nose but with much greater intensity. Heavy pepper and clove. Caramel pays a short visit. Waves of tart funk and breadiness...more like cracker than bread I suppose. The floral qualities come through mid-palate. Finishes bone dry with some fusel alcohol aftertaste.

M: Medium body, heavy carb. It’s mostly dry with some prickliness on the tongue. It warms you a bit.

O: Although this isn’t my favorite style, it is very easy to appreciate. Very complex and balanced despite the intensity of its flavors. The measuring stick for Belgian pales.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 05:54:11 | More by mjtiernan
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to break in an Orval goblet than with the beer itself? Also, this may be the freshest I have ever had this beer, and that was by design. 2011 vintage. Bottled on 10/2/2011. 12 oz. bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

A: Deep, golden orange with a finger of fluffy, white head. Excellent head retention with tons of lacing.

S: A mild fruity aroma with hints of hops and yeast. The smell is pretty mellow, but it is very inviting.

T: The subtle hint of sweet fruits like some sort of wild berries hits first, transitioning to caramel malts and caramelized sugar. I get slight yeasty funk next, followed up by a nice bitterness from the hops, finishing out with the sweetness that was there from the start. Whoa. It really has been a while since I've had this, and I must have missed it. This is incredibly complex.

M: Great carbonation, mild acidity, and near perfect balance. The flavor lingering on the mouth constantly changes and lures me back in for more. Wow.

O: Doing a formal review only confirms why this is a classic. It also reaffirms why one could argue that this is the class of the Trappist ales, and why it remains one of the best beers in the world. I can't believe I went a year or two without having it. This should be in both my refrigerator and cellar at all times.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 05:19:40 | More by travMI13
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New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I pour into my goblet Orval appears as a beautiful shade of clear copper, topped with a very puffy 1" white head. The aroma is very rich and complex. I'm picking up spices, a yeasty 'farmhouse' funk, sugary malt, and various fruits- including green/sour apple, lemon and banana. What's nice about experiencing this beer is that the initial flavor and feel is crisp and peppery, with a subtle hint of hops, and the finish is a nice 'banana bread' aftertaste. Absolutely delicious and drinkable anytime. One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:39:37 | More by Neorebel
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 23:37:18 | More by Obscure05
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 14:02:50 | More by Aschap
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New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent trappist! this beer is top notch. Being sold only in singles for around $6.00 this beer is a must have for any Belgium beer lover.

The carbonation has good balance with the crisp mouthfeel. The taste is one of the best I have had and the aroma is mouth watering.

Bottom line: You want a World Class beer...look no further!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 12:29:56 | More by themind
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 02:07:47 | More by WesM63
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-22-2012 04:19:35 | More by Drazilnc
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-22-2012 01:04:46 | More by Andlemc
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-21-2012 17:33:23 | More by BrazilianAussie
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2012 11:28:05 | More by Baldpacker
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2012 00:19:35 | More by mechanicalprints
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-20-2012 23:39:38 | More by Ferraez
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st review!

Bottle dated 12/30/2009

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with 3 fingers of clumpy beige head that sticks around forever. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Green apple, barnyard funk, lemon zest, slight dry hop smell as well. Great smelling beer.

T - Follows the nose almost exactly with slightly tart green apple and just a hint of citrus up front followed by a touch of Bretty funk. Nice slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body and ample carbonation leaves an amazing dryness.

O - Wow. I didn't expect to like this beer THIS much. I'd like to try a fresher bottle to compare this against, but this really is astounding.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:29:11 | More by Swuntly
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-20-2012 19:01:32 | More by DSlim71
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-20-2012 12:27:57 | More by CarpalTunnell
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 10, 2011

A: Pours a great deep tangerine copper with massive froth dome.

S: Banana spiciness that gracefully kisses the nose

T: Taste is way better then the previous bottles ive cracked. A forward flavor is all brett with simple and tame esters that bite at the taste buds. Slight spices mixed with orange peel are quite prominent.

M: Fuller and thicker then the last bottle that i had which ended up watery and dull/muddled in flavor. Sharp and dry

O: A great tasting beer that offers great subtle complexities of the trappist style. Not my favorite but definitely a go to belgian. If seen at a bar i wont hesitate to order me on.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:42:59 | More by PatrickSwayze
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-19-2012 17:51:22 | More by djcira
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-19-2012 10:05:10 | More by Campodog
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-19-2012 03:31:19 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-19-2012 01:03:45 | More by xnapshot
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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint.
Pours a brown golden color with thick froathy foam.
Hop belgian yeast aroma, slightly malty and sweet with a dose of brett..
Taste is of slightly hoppy belgian yeasts, crisp, refreshing, malty, and a bit of banana and pepper. The brett really shines. Finishes nice and dry.
excellent BPA. The hops shine but are subtle and blend well. You cant go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 21:33:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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New York

2/5  rDev -52.4%

02-18-2012 05:27:21 | More by jk3
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-18-2012 02:41:44 | More by barbellsNbeers
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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