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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,177 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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
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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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-17-2012 11:54:49 | More by TheBishopco
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SgunnarW

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-17-2012 03:49:50 | More by SgunnarW
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. standard pressure cap bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a creamy two-finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Looks appealing.

S: Tangerine-like citrus with Belgian yeast. A bit of alcohol in the background. Smells refreshing.

T: Tangerine peels up front carry all the way through to a bitter finish. There are some nice spicy yeast notes in the middle. The finish has some salty qualities that I'm not sure I like.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry finish. I would have liked a bit more carbonation here to go with the citric flavors.

D: This is very different from the other Trappist beers I've had to date. The hop character is interesting and it's easy to drink. Although it's not my favorite Trappist beer, I think it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:54:17 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber from the bottle, with a large creamy tan head that stays through the last drop.
Smells of Lemon and grass. Tasty lemon floral hops and pepper a little sour and very creamy with a dry hop finish.
Very smooth in your mouth bready, a real winner of a Belgian Ale.
I give this one an overall of 5.0 it is world class in all points.

Thanks To Jason at Epps Beverage for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 22:09:30 | More by Schmidts
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-16-2012 17:31:53 | More by MrVonzipper
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garyford

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

02-14-2012 22:56:24 | More by garyford
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DavidP

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-14-2012 13:06:31 | More by DavidP
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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-13-2012 23:28:07 | More by AndyTaylor
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shwami

Germany

5/5  rDev +19%

02-12-2012 13:15:57 | More by shwami
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Avantyawn

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/22/10
Drank 2/11/12

My little Brooklyn local grocery store had this for $4.99! Alright! Never have tried it due to slightly costly typical retail.

A: Huge thick frothy head, world class head!

S: Pepper, a little sour funk, slight vinegar, lemonade

T: Gentle bready, unusual floral perfume middle, and dry bitter hoppy close. One of the more unique ales I've tried. Splendid! Slightly sour, a little peppery. Extreme and gentle at the same time, a work of art!

M: Delightful creamy full, but not too full, mouthfeel. Sort of heavenly drink here.

O: This is a fantastic beer, I have a new favorite Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:09:09 | More by Avantyawn
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dreichus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-12-2012 02:25:27 | More by dreichus
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cloeren13

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

02-12-2012 00:52:56 | More by cloeren13
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superspak

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 11/13/2008, best by 2013. Pours hazy deep orange color with a huge foamy khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation. Aromas of big brett character: tart apple, wet hay, funk, cherry, pepper, lemon, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Awesome aromas here, the brett did a nice job over 3+ years. Great complexity. Taste of big biscuit, pepper, grass, citrus, lightly tart apple, light cherry, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of biscuit, pepper, light fruit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium boded; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable at 6.9% with no alcohol other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian pale. Incredibly complex and balanced after 3 years of age. I will definitely pick up a fresh bottling of this to compare how the Brett transforms it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:29:09 | More by superspak
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Aml42000

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into an Orval glass. Deep amber/copper color. The nose is slightly vegetal, but has layers of complexity which keep one sniffing. Fresh mouthfeel with layers of subtle meyer lemon and dried herbs. A touch of honey on the finish. A favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 17:43:41 | More by Aml42000
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-10-2012 17:28:30 | More by C2H5
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dgv0

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-10-2012 02:42:21 | More by dgv0
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Boz12

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-09-2012 23:49:23 | More by Boz12
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Bottle 10.3.11 Best by 10.3.16

A: Pours a really pretty deep yellow orange color.  About a finger of white head.  Fades quickly. Some lacing flecks initially, but then sheets on the swirl.

S: There is a brightness to the smell.  Like lemon peel or orange zest.  I also detect some banana notes. Some bready biscuity malts are there.  Maybe some of that Brett is there buried.

T: Actually still have some hop presence on the tip of the tongue.  Fruity citrusy notes.  Then I get some of those biscuity malts.  There is some mild funkiness in the mid mouth but not like American Wilds.  I understand how this is a staple.  Very well balanced.  With a crisp dry close.  White wine like.  As it warms and I drink, I get more of that Brett character.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied.  Great carbonation.

O: A beer for a reason. Pretty darn delicious and spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 11:25:27 | More by inlimbo77
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color with a slight orange hue and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of very fine and creamy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of very fluffy lacing around the glass
S: very nice hops notes, simply smells fresh, has a nice earthy undertone
T: smoooth, hits with the nice hop notes first then kicks in with a bit of earthy depth and a very slight what note then it finishes with dark fruit notes which linger on the palate for a long time afterwards
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling dry but still smooth, drinks thin
O: a pretty obviously high quality brew, apparently these "trappist" folks know what the hell theyre doing haha, not the best ive had for the style but its definitly top three, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:55:14 | More by BigPlay1824
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Fitzmke

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-08-2012 23:17:19 | More by Fitzmke
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-07-2012 23:41:26 | More by oldp0rt
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gray23

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +19%

02-07-2012 23:20:41 | More by gray23
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stimblin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-07-2012 19:58:01 | More by stimblin
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jono311

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 19:27:12 | More by jono311
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muusers

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2012 11:10:16 | More by muusers
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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