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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,890 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3890
Reviews: 2078
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%


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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LVituri

Brazil

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sinto dificuldade em analisar esse rótulo, por se tratar de algo único e de difícil comparação. A Orval é a cerveja mais original do universo trapista belga, ela é única e joga com suas próprias regras. O que posso dizer é que senti falta de complexidade e seu amargor intenso pode ter sido mal interpretado por mim. Espero revisitá-la um dia para rever minhas conclusões.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:33:42 | More by LVituri
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle to tulip. Bottled 1-23-2013. Consumed 1-9-2014.

whoa. with one pry of the cap, this one starts to gush. the yeast's been working for the last year. after taking a few seconds to clean up my counter, i start the pour, slowly. gigantic light tan head, orange rust body, very hazy. the head takes a while to recede

the aroma's solid. lemon funk, overripe banana. very bretty, which makes this one stand out from other bpas.

very pleasant mix of spice and fruit, all thanks to the brett. vinous as well, alcohol and hop bitterness with warming

dry, not as much carbonation as expected. quite drinkable

this is a great example of the style, made unique by the brettanomyces

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:45:32 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle, bottled 22/08/2013 - best before 22/08/2018.

A dark honey body, almost like a light apple cider. Very voluminous head, long retention and mountainous foam on top. Good funk in aroma with classic Belgian influences including cloves, strawberry (thank you Brett!) and pineapple (?). Flavor is again a nice mix of Brett and traditional Belgian flavors. Spicy cloves, herbal bitterness (not too much). IMO, this is a notch above most Belgian ales and sets itself apart.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 16:01:41 | More by papat444
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anarchia

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dark orange with a massive head that won't go away before you finish drinking it--beautiful. Aroma is sour apples, barnyard, sour funk, noble hops. Velvety, spicy, and bubbly in the mouth. Carbonation really enhances the diverse flavors. Spicy, fruity hop bitterness. Tart and funky. Fruity and spicy (hints of black pepper). Orange and lemon. I could keep rambling but... a zillion contrasting flavors balanced perfectly. Perfect--yep, that's the word I'm looking for. Perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:58:55 | More by anarchia
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Amber color with a large tan head that leaves a lace
S-dark fruits, raisins and figs. Has a wine or farmhouse like aroma with spice in every smell
T- caramel sweetness with spice and wine like taste that goes to a spice kick aftertaste that has some sour taste and also some warming in the finish
M-creamy high carbonation with medium body
O-great malty flavor that starts this beer off right. It has good balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:54:43 | More by a0lbudman
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CloudStrife

New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 04/10/2012.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a gigantic dense white head. Going to take a couple pours to get this one into the glass. Leaves some chunks of lacing on the glass. Loads of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: The brett in this one is starting to pull through giving it a bit of a funkiness or lambic quality. A little bit of spiciness pulls through the backend.

T: As with the aroma, this one is showing its age with the Brett yeast flavors. Hops are still solid, proving its a Belgian pale ale.

M: Light to medium body with bubbly carbonation. Dry on the tongue from the Brett and hop combination.

Overall as Michael Jackson has said this is a great aperitif. It is light and very easy drinking with a crisp and refreshing character. Interesting to see how this has developed.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:28:23 | More by CloudStrife
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

One year round bottle.

Look: Pours with big bubbly, billowy off-white foam, very sparkly (you can hear it). Slow retention, thick layer stays on top for the whole ride. Leaves some lacing. Cloudy dirty orange/brown with huge amounts of carbonation. A few yeast float around. Why not.

Smell: It fills the room. Dried dark fruit - raisins, figs, slightly brandy-ish. Lots of funk, brett notes. Spice, cloves and sour. Fattening and complex.

Taste: Complex. Heavy farmhouse brett funk, leather but not off-putting. Spicy. Caramel sweetness, but hard to appreciate with all that excessive carbonation. Some metallic aftertaste, but not too much - comes and goes. Also moderate sour and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Complex and interesting as fuck - not sure it's my cup of tea - but it does get better every sip.

Mouthfeel: Lots of crisp, aggressive carbonation - kinda hinders the overall taste. Medium body, leaves some coating.

Overall: A tough one. I do like the progressive complexity, the not too in-your-face brett character with sour notes, but the carbonation is silly and gets in the way. Still a massive beer, definitely a must try - some old-school shit.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:20:17 | More by tmzl
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HoppyBastard

Nebraska

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: copper and hazy with a three finger head, even when carefully poured. Excellent retention and considerable lacing, very high amount of carbonation.

SMELL: a little funky with bread, yeast and fruit, not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose. funky bread, caramel, apples. The hop profile is somewhat subdued, a balanced beer. The alcohol is well hidden.

PALATE: creamy with a high amount of carbonation,

OVERALL: this is a very good beer but Duvel Belgian Pale Ale sets the standard. For the price I will probably not buy this beer again as there are better, more affordable options available to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:50:37 | More by HoppyBastard
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Hazy dark gold with an enormous fluffy white head which receded to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing. The foam generated by this on pouring was incredible, requiring numerous subsequent pours to prevent overflow, and time for the head to settle.

s: Fruit cup.

t: Very mild fruit. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A fine Belgian with restrained fruity yeast flavor. Extremely easy drinking and enjoyable. However unless and until the price comes way down from $6 to $2-3, I probably will not be repurchasing. Too many American versions which are nearly as good, if not a little better.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:45:59 | More by scotorum
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Baron_of_Suds

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet at about 55-60 degrees. Bottled 08/30/12

Appearance: Dense golden orange. Creamy, pillowy head w/ tiny bubbles which recedes slowly.

Smell: Fresh straw, dandelions, citrus, and a bit peppery.

Taste: Dry, spicy, long finish where the notes from nosing can be revisited

Mouthfeel: Dry and initially a slight bit creamy even; then creates a small amount of "cottonmouth," but not in a negative way.

Overall: An absolute classic and truly unique experience. I always look forward to this beer, and it has yet to disappoint. This beer to me is greater than the sum of its parts. I would love to try this when it is super fresh someday.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:13:27 | More by Baron_of_Suds
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Dark gold in body. Great white head with wonderful retention.

S- Caramel notes backed up by a bit of a Brett funk, and spices.

T- Mild caramel flavor, with a bit of a biscuity/grain flavor. Brett and spice are more in the background.

M- Pretty light and delicate in body. Subtle carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

O- There are lots of subtleties in this beer. Nothing is over the top, but there is so much depth. Really a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:12:30 | More by BWED
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A - has a beautiful hazy copper colour that passes medium light and a big fluffy head that lasts forever! there is tonnes of lacing on the glass by the time im finished with it. great looking beer overall.

S - for me, this is the strong point of the beer. i am absolutely drawn in by the smell on this one. its hard to even put my finger on what im smelling because its all seems to mix so well together into its own smell. has a nice citrusy and floral hint off the top but its prime character is almost that of fresh wood. it smells sweet and savoury at the same time. definitely pineapple and fresh bread coming through. maybe some banana, cloves or coriander as well? all my favourites ;)

T -the taste leaves a bit to be desired after the incredible smell off the top, and also for a beer thats rated so highly in the belgian pale ale category. with that being said i did enjoy the taste of this beer as it seemed to have a good balance of hops and malt and didn't have any overpowering alcohol taste like ive found from a few other belgian pale ales. it is definitely a unique beer.

M - i was dissapointed with the amount of carbonation in this beer. i feel like if they toned that down slightly the flavours would come out a lot more (maybe why the head was so long lasting). however, the carbonation did make me burp quite a bit :p bringing out some flavours i may have missed (hopefully not yesterdays lunch) at the same time it goes down pretty easy once the carbonation dies down a bit

O - well i finally got to try the trappist beer ive been waiting so long for. i feel like the anticipation of trying it may have ruined it a little for me, but i still enjoyed the beer a lot. i picked up a few bottles so ill be getting a couple more tries at this one. not my favourite trappist, but hey, its better than a lot of whats available in my area so i won't complain. a trip to the monastery in belgium might help me enjoy this one a little more ;) great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:49:08 | More by randallpink
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper with slight haze. Massive, rocky, white head. Lacing paints the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S - Spice, grass, musk.

T - White pepper spice, mild fruit flavor, warming alcohol that lingers between sips.

M -Extremely dry, highly carbonated, medium body. Spiciness sits on the gums.

O - My first run-in with Orval. Extremely satisfied. Highly recommend. Looking forward to try more Trappist ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:33:56 | More by kjfinnerty
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five month old bottle. Dirty orange in color, quite hazy. Plenty of carbonation leads to an epic head that lasts for ages. For a young bottle, the Brett qualities are very apparent on the nose. Lots of musty, earthy, leathery notes, but then there's also a good amount of ripe fruit - apple, apricot, peach.

Just about bone dry flavor profile with an earthy/funky vibe. Apple and pear skin. Yeasty and leathery. A lot of hard to pin down flavors intermingled. Very carbonated but not punishingly so - the bubbles soften considerably after a few minutes.

Orval has a storied history but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. Has a lot of complexities, but they're muddled and the flavors don't "pop." Hard to recommend over, say, Matilda.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:31:18 | More by gr0g
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: Rich pumpkin color with slight haze. Thick head with strong retention and lacing.
Smell: Pungent yeasty aroma, followed by a sharp alcohol twinge. Hints of apple and pepper.
Taste: Subtle sour and sweet maltiness, little to no hop assertiveness. Not as forceful in flavor as most belgians. Lingering toasted flavors after swallowing. Very subtle and herbal.
Mouth: More thin than expected, almost bordering on watery. Lacking significant body. Fairly heavily carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 06:43:04 | More by ZoomanCru
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Out of all of the trappist beer I had, this has to be the weakest. Compared to St. Bernardus or Maredsous, this seems like an amateurish attempt.
Too much carbonation, an awkward mouth-feel and a taste that verges into an area of something bittersweet - this beer is a major trappist disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:58:51 | More by Cramshawbar
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mhaugo

California

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.9% ABV. Bottled on 6/27/13, and best before 6/27/18.
Appearance: Deep, opaque amber with bubbles that run for days. This beer has the most incredible head I’ve seen in a long time, and it seems to have no intention of going anywhere soon (4/5).
Aroma: Musty and woody. Like a back of an old cabin. I also get a faint whiff of pineapple (4/5).
Taste: The earthy Brett character is dominant, but there is also a touch of pine, honey, and apples. The background flavors become more predominant as the beer nears room temperature (4.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Highly effervesent. There is so much carbonation, in fact, that I get a touch of a burn following the swallow. Medium body (3.75/5).
Overall: Amazing beer that has been an inspiration to many brewers all over the world. This pint is incredible, but it seems like some of the edges could be rounded out a bit. Considering the generous window of expiration, I would be interested in trying a bottle that had been aged for a couple years (4/5).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:32:53 | More by mhaugo
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brewtus

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I've always passed this up due to its easy avilablitity.
A- woah pours with a huge fluffy white head, orange and pretty clear.
S- I get banana, sweet, bready, funk, hay,
T- nice and hoppy, dry, champaign like taste, straw, some citrus fruit, some funk
M- pretty carbonated
O- very good, I expected a lot more of the traditional coriander and banana. It is a very good, glad I finally tried it

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:04:48 | More by brewtus
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cbutova

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing an all-time favorite. Feb, 02 2012 bottle side by side with March 07, 2013.

02/29/2012:
A- Massive foamy white head builds to at least three fingers high atop a slightly hazy, medium amber body. Head retention is supreme and it never dies down staying about a centimeter thick and leaving a blizzard of thick lace.
S- Surprised to notice so much aged feel here. I guess it is only 6.2% or so but it has a reputation since it contains live bugs. Aged caramel and grape/raisin fruit sweetness feel and some Belgian yeast spices.
T- Follows the nose with some added yeast feel. Vinous grapes, raisin, earthy must and Belgian yeast spice. Has a strong feel of age, almost overshadowing the rest of the beer. With warmth some dry, horsey Brett but just a hint. Some strange tartness, like grapes again.
MF- Foamy and fulfilling texture. Carbonation super high and it bites the palate. Slight spicy bitterness.
A bit too vinous and just has that general old dusty raisin caramel feel. Perhaps it varies bottle by bottle or takes longer to develop but looking forward to the fresh one.

03/07/2013 (for review, I believe in fresh beer)
A- Noticeably louder hiss when popping the cap instantly has me excited. Perhaps the 2012 bottle just wasn't up to the Orval standard (it was perfect for appearance). Even tilting the glass almost flat, it foams up out of the glass and I have to rescue it from getting to wild. One HAND head with infinite retention it seems as bubbles shoot up the glass like machine guns. The head is over an inch out of the chalice. Five minutes later the head has seemed to grow more, what to do... drink through the shield!

S- Brett is on another scale compared to the 2012 bottle, it doesn't even smell similar. Pungent, classic Belgian Brett character with funk, cherries and plenty of horsey barnyard. Sour lemon juice notes makes me anticipate some tartness. Earthy, spicy and funky Brett beast. With some warmth, more Trappist yeast spice comes out and balances the wildness to perfection.

T- Taking a sip and getting a face full of foam reveals something a bit milder but more rounded out than the nose. The earthy and funky Brett dries this out completely with some barnyard, cherry pie, dried fruit and horse blanket notes. Some cracker malts and Belgian Trappist yeast spice provides a nice compliment to the wild bugs. Slight lemon peel but somehow less than the nose.

MF- Foamy and intensely carbonated but somehow it all goes down super smooth, thanks in part to a creamy texture. Finishes with some funky spice feel. Drier than desert sand.

This is more like it! This is the beer I remember having so many times. Not sure if I just got a random off bottle that I ended up aging but the Brett and Trappist yeast balance here is something of beauty. Perhaps the greatest overall beer on the planet. Always available and outstanding... All hail the trout and the golden ring. So many moral problems with perfect fives nowadays but I have a hard time justifying not doing it. This beer is as close as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:14:34 | More by cbutova
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Amazing fluffy head with good lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Citrus and funk in the nose. I am guessing Brett yeast. Interesting smell that is very enticing.

Unfortunately, it doesn't show up much in the flavor. Not much happening. Tastes Belgian, but no refundable character. Lots of carbonation and alcohol.

A good beer. Glad I experienced it, but probably wont buy it again, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:51:25 | More by Labeorphile
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at an establishment in Hamilton the other day as it was something they carried and I've been eager to try.

Served cool into an Orval tulip.

Appearance - Dark honey and copper color with 2.5 fingers of head that created a mountain overflowing the glass. Fortunately none of the head spilled onto the table. The head is just pillowy off-white clouds and lingered for a long while and left some beautiful lacing. Very delicate and meticulous looking. Very hazy as well.

Smell - Honey, light and floral, slight caramel sweetness. Hints of melon as it warmed a bit too. Pretty impressive so far.

Taste - The taste is nice.... but to describe it is difficult. There's not really a whole lot of easily definable tastes here, every sip seems a bit different and the taste is fleeting. It has a bit of a orange undercurrent with a bit of a dank earthiness. Bit of a bitter finish that seems most reminiscent of a Tripel rather than anything else. Quite tasty, but because of the lightness and fleeting flavors it's hard for me to score this any higher.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a richness that is there but retains the very light character established with the other senses. Medium carbonation is also good here.

Overall - Very glad I tried it, if was available at LCBO or TBS I would consider picking this up again, however it does not seem to be frequently available and at the price tag it comes with, I would rather drink other beers when out, or buy beer in a similar vein at LCBO and get 3-4 times as much. However, I recommend a try as I seem to echo some of the reviews in that this beer is tough to nail down and has flavors that vary from bottle to bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 14:40:34 | More by DenisKolkin
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

A - super pillowy head on initial pour. Quickly draws down to a light covering with good lacing. Pale firey orange hazy body.

N - phenols. Belgian yeast. Not a lot going on with the nose, but what's there is good.

T - nice light taste. Yeasty and light malts. Small bit of citrus and spice. Dry.

M - very effervescent. But smooth. Good aftertaste of beer.

O - good Belgian. Taste the tradition!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:50:18 | More by tkelley
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NataLukas

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very effervescent, much like a Champagne, but with larger bubbles. Very bubbly with a rapidly disappearing white head. Light amber / deep golden in color with some haze.

Strong funky sweet orange floral nose.

Slightly sour, strong ester and phenol presence. A slight bit of metallic bitterness in the finish. Completely dry without any hint of malty sweetness. Very little in the way of lingering flavors other than a tanginess in the front of the mouth and a lasting bitterness on the tip of the tongue. All sensations are on the front of the tongue, on the front of the upper palate and in the nose, nothing for the back of the tongue or throat.

This beer lives in the nose and on the front of the tongue. Be sure to pour it in a proper glass and enjoy the nose.

Beer was bottled Jan 2013, so it is a little over 10 months out at this tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:02:01 | More by NataLukas
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Victoire in Rochester, NY and poured into a snifter. Consumed on site at the bar.

Pours a hazy golden amber. 2 inches of foamy head almost the whole drinking session.

I think I have an older bottle, so it smells less hoppy, and more funky- the brett is coming through strong. I smell tart apples, grass, and barnyard-esque aromas.

Tastes pretty similar. Slightly woody, very funky, some grassy hops, Belgian yeast dominates. A very complex ale, for sure. Not very bitter, I don't know if the hops impart any bitterness to fresh bottles.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated, pretty dry and chalky.

Probably my 2nd favorite Trappist beer, after Rochefort 10. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:59:41 | More by GreesyFizeek
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Orval chalice.
6.9% ABV, Bottled on 24/10/2012, best by 24/10/2017.

A - Orval almost gushes from it's bottle even at the 50° serving temperature due to it's abundant carbonation. Hazy but beautiful deep golden in color, the beer forms a massive and loose eggshell head with incredibly retention and heavy lace coating the glass.

S - Lovely honey graham cracker malt backing allows for a luscious aroma of Brett horseblanket funk that contributes suggestions of pine, mint, and goaty, hay undertones.

T - Any hop aroma that faintly emerged disappears completely in flavor, shifting almost entirely to the beer's Brett yeast esters of horseblanket, wet straw, and overall barnyard funk, but tamed down considerably.

M - Highly carbonated, Orval dances on your tongue joyfully while it's seemingly light body washes down with smoothness, lingering on the tongue with dry spice notes.

O - Delicate Brettanomyces exists, in this beer! Restrained barnyard funk allows the dry cracker-like flavor to stay a large part of the beer while nuances continue to come out as it's enjoyed. The crisp drinkability of Orval suggests it would make for a fantastic session Belgian beer if it weren't near $6 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:27:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 3,890 ratings.