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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,686 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,686
Reviews: 2,166
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 253
Gots: 544 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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.
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I really wish I had poured this into my chimay goblet, it pours a super fluffy head which settles back into a tightly compact layer.
Light coloured, peachy orange. Smells faintly of an acetone-like sweetness. There's a funky yeasty smell that reminds me of home made cider. It stings the nostrils a little, like smelling a solvent and it tastes... strange. Very dry and only slightly bitter. There are earthy flavours that remind me of hay or straw, it doesn't taste very malty at all.

Until I got to the end of the bottle, I thought this beer was fairly average. Then I poured in the last of the beer along with the yeast sediment on the bottom.. A nice, complex blue-cheese like flavour came through taking this beer to another level.

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Appearance: Pours a dense amber into a tulip, capped with a massive rocky white head, which leaves huge lacing as it goes down.

Smell: Floral and some tart citrus are in front, but there’s also a hint of hops and a very, very subtle whiff of the barnyard.

Taste: Hops bite right from the beginning and stay with you to the end. Along the way, though, it’s a pretty varied ride. I get green apple tartness at first, which gives way to a mellow malt sweetness which, while it does not overtake the hops, balances them out somewhat. The funk from the Brettanomyces becomes slightly more prominent as the beer warms and adds yet another dimension. It finishes bone dry.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,686 ratings.