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

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4,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,358
Reviews: 2,117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 206
Gots: 398 | FT: 10
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.

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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Photo of Bibendum
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orval has changed. It no longer has it's trademark peppery nose, and a head too big to contain that leaves frothy tracings around the edge of the goblet all the way to the bottom.
I have known Orval since 1979, when I worked for Merchant du Vin. It is a favorite beer that I rarely drink for reasons of cost.
However I received 6 bottles as a gift recently that were dated 20-5-11. And to my surprise there was no peppery nose, instead the smell of bubblegum. I did not have to pour with great care to contain the head, in fact I could and did pour it down the center. Something I could not have done 3 years ago.
So today I had one from another batch, this one dated 18-08-11. This one did not smell of bubblegum, but neither did it have it's trademark peppery nose or irrepressible head.
Orval either has a recent quality control problem, or they have intentionally changed their brew. In either case I'm unhappy. Bring back the old Orval, please.

Bibendum, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

rjpetrizzo, May 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ixodus, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BillyTWilliams, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

fostachild, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

martyl1000, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

astrickland, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

RES, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jase2280, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer poured a hazy, orange that produced an amazing, dense, thick, rocky head that was retained throughout the beer.

S: The aroma was mainly yeasty and malty sweet with hints of citrus and perhaps an earthy aroma, grass or flower.

T: The taste of the beer is outstanding, exactly what I would expect for this style. A very nice Belgian yeast flavor with nice hints of the citrus hops that had a nice bit to it that finished with a nice long lasting dry finish. The beer also had a slight taste of alcohol as the beer warmed.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that was extremely easy to drink. It was smooth and crisp and a lighter body than most Belgian beers. Back to the beer store to pick up more. A must try for anyone who loves good Belgian beers.

PhillyStyle, Apr 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

abrodsky, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

od_sf, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

carlitosbronson1, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tenacioustomato, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

fisherbray, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Swim424
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into ommegang chalice

A-pours a beautiful gold/orange with a fat fluffy head so large couldn't do it in one straight pour. The head looks like a creamy cloud floating on top on a beautiful golden river.

S-Nice fruity scent, seems to be a mix between malt and yeast scents. Maybe a hint of spicy hops, or some sort of spice.

turning on some Clapton to enjoy this one to. "and i say yes, you look wonderful tonight" sounds like this beer.

T-A bit citrusy, definitely a malty beer. Very spicy hop at the end. Not bitter at all though. Very citrusy malt up front bringing the citrus out towards the middle, while introducing a spice note to build into the finish.

MF-Nice medium body, a bit creamy on the aftertaste but with a dryness in the mouth.

O-I have never had a belgian pale ale before. I have had a handful of other belgians though and this is much different. Not in a bad way though. I think this is a pretty good beer overall, nothing incredible, I would prefer an amercan pale ale, but this is still a very fine beer I wouldn't mind having at anytime.

Swim424, Apr 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 12-30-2009 and best before 12-30-2014.

Appearance - Poured only half the bottle and it foamed over the top.. 2 inches of soapy looking foam, dissipating very slowly. The color is copper.

Smell - Dark fruits and bitterness is most dominant. Also earthy and has a little funky/musty aroma. I think I smell some clove too.

Taste - Very bitter.. with floral hops. Citrus, tartiness, clove, and some other spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - Not really what I was expecting. I'd like it better without the spices.

jsisko01, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jsmitty1967, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ShawnB816, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

volta, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

yodedawg, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

rale, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BeerBucks, Apr 20, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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