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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,181 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,181
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 188
Gots: 331 | FT: 9
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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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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, served in an Ommegang chalice

A - the gentlest of pours yields close to two fingers of intensely light and frothy, light grey colored foam. the beer is clear until the sediment from the bottom of the bottle falls into the glass. very dark gold/amber in color.

S - light and airy, yet pungent live yeasts bring a myriad of scents: sourdough bread, grains, grassy hops, lemon zest, orange, and a subtle sour/tartness.

T - very dry, grassy and earthy hop bitterness...hints of lemon and pear, bread, lightly sweetened biscuits, and funky brett yeast.

M - insanely light body with a very characteristic tight and punchy carbonation...this one dances around and almost dissolves in your mouth. very dry and prickly finish.

D - one of the beers that really opened my eyes to what yeast is capable of. truly unique and one of my favorites to pair a light but flavorful breakfast with.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 16:14:17 | More by Stigs
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the SAQ from a recent journey home through Quebec from Maine. 33cl bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a murky, golden brown with some shades of plum and orange around the edges. Fantastic billowing head, soapy and sudsy with fat chunks of lace and supreme retention. Aroma is sweet, getting some light fruity notes (some plum) and a very, dry vinous feel to it as well. Taste is fairly similar, I'm getting a very dry vinous feel to it (although very, very muted in the vinous sense) with some relatively darker stone fruits (again, plum primarily) and some raisin as well. Still maintains a bit of sweetness amongst the dry nature of this. Slightest hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is relatively watery, drying. Good drinkability, but not something I'd reach for on a regular basis. A definite sipper. Very muted, simple and subtle in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:46:48 | More by liamt07
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geryeb624

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my DFH Signature Glass.

A- Pours a dark, cloudy amber with loads of fluffy white head. It hangs a round for a long time too, with considerable lacing.

S- Crisp wheat-like malts with some spicy Belgian yeast scents and a bit of tart barnyard funk.

T- Dry and hoppy, without being too bitter. Some nice spice and funk notes peek through, but nothing overpowers. Malt, hops, and yeast all work together quite well.

M- A little thin, but creamy and nicely carbonated.

D- Very high. Strange to be saying about a Trappist Ale, IMO, but it was refreshing and went well with the football game I was watching.

Not knock your socks off in flavor or complexity, but a humble and subtle brew that is still outstanding. Very well-balanced, very drinkable, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 19:32:30 | More by geryeb624
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: Pours a medium, kinda' dirty, reddish, brown. About a 1 finger, foamy, beige head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving little patches of coagulated foam on the surface, and a beer ring buildup around the rim. Sticky beer ring lacing forms as you drink it down. Head never really totally dissipates.

S: A light roasted malt, raisin, orange citrus, clove, and just a bit of a floral note.

T: Light malt flavor, slight bitter hop, and almost a lemon pepper and coriander note. Just a subtle touch of the raisin that came out in the nose makes an appearance in the palette.

M: Light body, lightly hoppy and steely palette, dry finish, and something of a strong alcohol tone.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is great. Really great appearance with a rich, pure hue and a nice primary head which settles into a great secondary head that remains throughout. Nose is a great combination of grain, sweet, and spice components. Flavor is hearty and pure with a great balance. The sweet notes don't come out so much in the flavor making for a nice dynamic. The sweet notes tease the nose, but don't distract or cloy in the palette. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:47:58 | More by bmwats
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ryanobeirne

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super high carbonation! I'm assuming that is due to the bottle conditioning. I actually have two pours from this bottle. The first is a quick pour into a pint glass that fills the glass but is about 80% foam. The head is bubbly and dense but only lasting about two minutes or so. The second pour is much slower and into a goblet with almost no head. The color is a bright golden color with a slight pale amber haze. Looks very delicious.

S - Smells slightly sour with a sweet undertone. I can almost feel the carbonation in my nose.

T - This beer is mostly about the malt, I think, the hops having a secondary role. The sourness doesn't come through as much in the taste as it does in the smell. The flavor has a bit of a sharpness to it, much like a sharp cheddar cheese, although it's definitely not cheesy. This beer is very complex and inviting, yet it still seems like something is missing. I don't know what's missing, but I think the monks are on to something over there at Orval!

M - Very carbonated, very tingly on the tongue. Even the last sip gets a bit of buzz from the bubbles. Incredibly smooth and almost creamy without being heavy.

D - Very drinkable: I don't want this beer to end! But, alas, it does, and I am left wanting more! I'll be sure to revisit this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 00:50:47 | More by ryanobeirne
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earthboundagain

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok been wanting to try this beer for a while, but been putting it off, this bottle is about 14 months old, so I hope it is as good as I am hoping.

Ok the color is a dark honey with a super fluffy of whit head, the beer laces like a champ.

Ok the nose is very complex, and it is hard to sort it all out, but we do have some various spices, light funk, lemon peel, and an earthy mustiness.

Ok the flavor is as complex as the nose. We have some floral hops, mixed with a burst of spice, all intertwined with some lemon peel. The funk in the nose does not show up in the taste though. The beer is a sipper and takes a whack at the ole palate.

The mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated and is built on a slightly full body.

I like this beer but at $4.99 it will be a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 22:50:22 | More by earthboundagain
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Quite the funky classic. Rich in range, yet nicely delicate.

Presentation: 11.2 oz vase shaped, brown, capped bottle. Small label with the fish icon design of Orval, and Trappist seal. Shows bottling date (30/12/2009), best before (30/12/2014), and Alc. by Vol. (6.9%)

A - Lightly hazed, medium amber pour. Towering foamy head, medium retention, nice surface memory and good lacing.

S - Tart nose with a citrusy sense, touch of spices.

T - Nice funky sense, the Brettanomyces yeast of the bottle fermentation is beautifully evident, hoppy citrus sense, grassy touch. It is not overwhelmingly funky, not at all, in fact, if anything it is the subtlety alongside a saison-like memory that makes it rather rich.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation and a nice long dry finish.

D - Works like a charm, the subtle range is very nicely woven into a very desirable brew. If one is keen on funky brews, that is...

Notes: Quite the classic. Quite balanced and subtle on this incarnation, a classic reference not only for Trappist offerings but for Brett tasting. The least unexpected of Trappist ales, which always reminds that it is a denomination and not a style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 02:47:18 | More by Daniellobo
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is very interesting, and pungent. Smells of peppery spices, yeast (which I've read is an uncommon yeast to use), fruit, and some tartness. I saw it described as "leather" on another site, and it isn't a bad descripter. It's a complex aroma.

Carbonation is pretty high. Has a thick head when poured. There's a short initial sweet fruit taste that is swept away by the predominant taste of this beer...which is a yeasty, earthy sensation. I also think the "leathery" taste on the nose transfers into the taste. The finish has a bit of spice on it, with a little tropical fruit. The finish is tart and dry...the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, so not much sticks around. Very little hop bitterness on the backend.

This is a very interesting beer. It may not be my favorite trappist, but it's worth respect.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:35:18 | More by NODAK
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jampics2

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at around 6 months of age. Sampled at the Winking Lizard and poured into a cool Orval glass.

Looks nice in it's branded vessel. Orange/copper with some amber and caramel swatches painted here and there. Nice head retention and lace. Very strong start.

Smells of bright hops and mild brett. Some orange and lemon, with some horsehair. Not too barnyard like a stinky gueze, but a nice touch of brett.

Taste is nicely balanced between the base beer, the hops, and the wild edge. The base beer is light and sweet, with just enough malt. The hops give some orange and other citrus notes. The wild funk gives a dusty and basement flavor, but it's nice and balanced. The brett hasn't taken over yet.

The beer has decent body, but the carbonation is a little out of control. This doesn't need to sparkle so much - other trappists with the same sparkling carb have a better overall feel. This is just a bit distracting. I like Orval and it is a classic, but I like more modern BPA's more without the wild edge. I would and will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 14:25:41 | More by jampics2
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sellmeagod

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The monks know how to get you drunk. These trappist brews always break on through.

What's great about the beer is how well it plays out the expectations. It will be a classy beer. You know this; the price tag shows this.

And what do you find? It will look like a classy beer. The monstrous head just makes you think of having a merry time, and it's truly a joyful time peering through the golden colored brew.

It will taste like a finely balanced, delicious, classy beer. Dry, carbonated, blast to the tongue.

There's nothing exciting about it, and this has to be the only complaint. Surely, though, we don't want a Pale Belgian to be doing too much radically, so this hardly matters. 6.9 abv is precisely what it needs to be for you not to taste it and then to feel it nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:16:15 | More by sellmeagod
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darkmartin

Virginia

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

Appearance: Pours to a murky, light golden brown with a HUGE white fluffy head. Even with a delicate pour I had four inches of head.

Smell: Smells of spicy fruit and some sweet malt.

Taste: Very powerful spicy hops up front. The sweet malt present in the nose takes a backseat and seems to make a hint of a return in the finish. Fairly dry and full of fruit and spice. The alcohol is almost unidentifiable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Simply delicious, and can only fully be appreciated slowly. Although it takes me a while to finish this one, its only because I don't want it to be gone.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:03:34 | More by darkmartin
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Chizoad

California

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I curse the fact it took me so long to try this!

Poured into a tall, narrow glass that really showed off the amazing fluffy head. The beer itself changed from a pale yellow amber at the thinnest part of the glass to a gorgeous orange/tan at a thicker spot. Slightly hazed.

Interesting smell that pulls out funk, malt, and spices. I can't identify the spices here, and I hope they are coming just from the yeast.

Amazing flavor! The funk is up front but so beautifully balanced and nuanced that it really is a pleasure to drink this beer. Excellent malt and spices on the finish, and just a little astringency that puts a twist on the flavor.

Highly carbonated but bubble size is tiny so it's like a pillow on your tongue. Medium body.

Highly drinkable, and I would love many more of these. For $5 and change, this is a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:34:26 | More by Chizoad
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carpezytha

California

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass at 46 F.

A: Unfiltered honey with aggressive cream colored head that settles with a very stubborn, intricate lacing.
S: Yeast bomb wrapped in damp wool. Cat pee and tanbark (in a good way).
T: Musty, spicy, lots of citrus peel (cumquat, key lime). Barnyard,
M: Prickly, but balanced.
D: One of the top beers, could drink daily.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 00:19:38 | More by carpezytha
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chickencoop

California

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

Talk about hype, this seems to be the goto belgian beer that guys that don't drink a lot, love saying it's one of their fav's. I've had this before, but never reviewed it, so this is what I got.
A: Deep amber color, thick off white head.
S: Big tart and tangy, with some funky notes on the end.
T: Big bitterness, balanced with some dank musty flavors in the mix.
M: Big bubbly carbonation, i guess typical of the style.
D: Style benchmark, and this is a very good beer, but overall not an everyday belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:44:05 | More by chickencoop
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herman77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Changed review score on 11-3-12. Old review below. Bottled 11/17/11

A: Orangish/amberish/murky-light brownish color that is pretty hazy. Tons of carbonation ripping up that creates a huge, rocky and very thick, light khaki head. Nice sticky lacing. 5

S: Orange spice. Pear, apple and some funk/barnyard smell. Haven't ever smelled anything quite like it. Its a little odd, but in a good way. 4

T: Not what I expected. Strong phenolic hops. Orange spice. White wine. Some funk barniness to it as well. Pretty complex... Long phenolic/medicinal dry aftertaste. Wasn't a big fan of the taste at first, but after I got to know it a little more, I appreciated and liked it more. 3.5

M: Lighter to medium body. Very strong, active carbonation. Prickly on the tongue, almost like champagne. After taste leaves my mouth somewhat numb feeling since its so dry. 3.5

D: Not the greatest since its just so different for me. Very dry and phenolic. It is very unique though, I'll give it that. 3

Bottled on 7/29/09, best by 7/29/14

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:25:17 | More by herman77
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a hazy,rusty,brown with two fingers of pillowy,off-white head with excellent retention and very little lacing.

S-Big spice on the nose.Clove and cinnamon,baked apple,distinctive Belgian yeast,lemon and sweet malt.

T-Not what I expected.Not as sweet.Red apple,pear,brown sugar but also yeast and a slightly,tart earthiness.

M-Medium bodied with active carbonation.Smooth and lively with a slightly dry finish.

D-Really nice beer with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 12:00:44 | More by StlHopHead77
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mbulandr

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Orval is good, but is overpriced given it's alcohol content. There are several other beers in the $5 plus range that have better alcohol content and similar taste.

With all due respect the the other reviewer that compares this beer to Goose Island's Matilda, I completely disagree. I was anxious to try Matilda and recently purchased a four pack. I found the beer to be very bitter and nearly undrinkable. The other 3 bottles will sit in my fridge. Orval is a far superior and very different beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 15:09:05 | More by mbulandr
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Great hazy amber color with a very thick two finger fluffy head that slowly dissappeared leaving thick lacing down the sides.

S - Picking up on yeast and a definate pleasant barnyard funk. Very, very faint fruit smell.

T - Just like the smell one can definately taste that funk. A little tart on the front and dry on the finish.

M - Somehow even with this nice medium carbonation its almost creamy. A pleasant surprise.

D - This is really, really good. As someone who is a big fan of the funk this matches up perfectly with the pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 04:08:04 | More by rudzud
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

$5.99 for a 11.2oz bottle at Jacks. 6.9% ABV. Bottled on 11/13/08, best by 11/13/13.

I've had this beer a few times, but it's not a regular, so I was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it on BA before. Considered a classic by some. Pours out to a lightly chill hazed medium amber, forming a large white head despite a careful pour, with excellent retention and sticky delicate Belgian lace. The carbonation is medium-strong. The aroma opens with the smell of honey, followed by that classic horse blanket, farmhouse musty basement sour funk of Brettanomyces that I adore...much different than most Trappist ales which don't ferment with Brett at all. The funk is followed by orange and pineapple....a deliciously tempting beer. The mouthfeel is spritzy and explodes upon the tongue with a light body. The taste opens with a short-lived tartness, followed by a very strong unpleasant metallic bitterness, spicy cloves, fusels and other higher alcohols, and finishes bone-dry with more metals and higher alcohols. No sweetness whatsoever. Aftertaste of wet cardboard and newspaper. Ugh.

I'm not a big fan. It smells delicious, but it needs more sweetness and less bitterness to balance the tartness of the Brett, no fusels, less carbonation and more body. At $5.99 for a wimpy bottle, skip this and get some De Proef, De Dolle, Duchesse, Rodenbach, or Zoetzuur.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:37:23 | More by Mitchster
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is cloudy dark amber color, with a mountain of off-white head that reaches above the rim. looks great. the smell is somewhat fruity, tart. the taste is heavy on yeast, a little funky, and finishes extremely dry. I'm not really a huge fan of the flavor. body is somewhat thin and carbonation is high. not hard to drink, but probably won't seek out again. .

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 21:42:51 | More by jmdrpi
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Soilworker

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Orval goblet. Bottled on 4/29/2009.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with nice orange hues glistening off of the glass. There is a one finger thick off white head. Lots of nice lacing going on.

S: Tart, yet sweet, green apple dominates this one. THere are nice fruity esters and some phenolic notes coming through. There is a definite presence of some nice yeast notes and subtle undertones of barnyard-like aromas.

T: There is a nice yeasty, estery base which supports the green apple flavors, quite similar to the smell. I get some hint of the brett through the baryard like flavors I get. There is also more bitterness here than I would have expected, I definitely do not remember detecting any last time I tried it. I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of this bitterness but it does fit the style well. Finish is quite dry with some lingering fruity esters and bitterness.

M: Surprisingly more carbonated than I would have expected. Medium bodied overall.

D: This is a very good beer and I could definitely see having a few of these throughout the course of the night but its no session beer...especially considering the price tag on this one.

Notes: I enjoyed this one quite a bit but its not as good as I remember it being when I tried it a year ago. Stil a very good beer and I'll still try it again from time to time. The price tag makes it hard to go back to regularly for me though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:47:09 | More by Soilworker
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Beejay

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Muddy, murky brown, cloudy as a river after a rainstorm. Massive white head on this.

S: Sweet and tart with a yeasty background. Fruits and berries, a bit floral with a nice tart finish. A slight vinegar or cider smell to the tartness.

T: That is a wake up call. Tart, with a bit of funk. Some nice light fruit flavors specifically strawberry. A bit of yeast there as well.

M: Thin to medium bodied, but with effervescent carbonation.

D: Good, but not really my bag. I get why it is popular, and appreciate the style, but I think I would stick to the other trappist styles. This seems like an odd combo of funk, and a regular pale ale, and I can't get too into it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:44:25 | More by Beejay
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EvilGnome6

Arizona

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

Served from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a copper dark blond with a very generous off-white head.

S: Tart green apple with a hint of mustiness.

T: Bitter and sweet with a hint of green apple peel. The flavors are rich and complex but impossible for me to describe. Definitely has a hint of horse blanket that makes it feel rustic.

M: Very, very dry and a bit thin but somehow refreshing at the same time.

D: A very easy drinking beer that somehow seems different every time I try it.

I've had this several times before and will definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:38:24 | More by EvilGnome6
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Bottle

Smell: Cider, slightly sour apples, raspberries. A touch of barnyard a nutmeg with a load of other phenolics. Understated and complex.

Taste: A little brown sugar and raisins up front with a heavy dose of horsefunk and some grassy bitterness. Deep bread and yeast notes. The middle has a nice crisp, tart edge to it that's very refreshing with intense spiciness, a hint of vanilla and underlying sour apple cider. There are even some caramel and biscuit notes thrown in there. Finish is creamy with a slight fruit skin and grassy bitterness to it that is integrated seamlessly with cider, spice, funk, yeast and apples.

Notes: Really complex, unusual flavors but not in your face. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:56:42 | More by 4000qtrap
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown glass proprietary brown bottle. Bottled 05/08/09. Poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance: Hazy amber brown with a good amount of chunky sediment and thick creamy khaki head that won't recede. It looks like a cappuccino really: tan head with some dark streaks from the sediment passing through.

Nose: Brett! Woohoo. Apricot and white oak. Tarragon, ginger and the aroma of Campari (or SanBitter).

Palate: Crisp with some acidity and hop bitterness. Flavors of oak, licorice and herbs/botanicals. I've never noticed the similarities between Campari and Orval, but it's super obvious today. Herbs, bitter orange peel, blood orange and botanicals plus wood. As the beer warms, more floral characters come out, like clover honey.

Notes: Never seems to disappoint. A tasty beer. Really want to try the Petite Orval!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:18:06 | More by SFLpunk
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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