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

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4,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,599
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 247
Gots: 494 | FT: 11
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Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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

A-Pours a hazy dark amber color. Mop water. Huge bubbly head is born from a forceful pour. Retains very well and leaves some thick lacing patches.

S-Yeasty funk along with some pale fruits such as pears, lemons and apples. Floral too. Vibrant, bright nose. Waiting for the head to die down a bit so I can take my first sip.

T-Flavor is a bit less intense than I was expecting but still tasty. Less funky and more fruity. Slightly sour. Yeasty funk becomes more noticeable after a few sips. Crisp apple slices and pear. Citrusy and flowery. Light hoppiness on the back end. Surprisingly good amount of sweetness too.

M-Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Dry and crisp. The carbonation is nice. Overall, a good body that complements the flavor well.

O/D-This Trappist beer goes down super easy. Crisp, tart, and unique. I found it to be a pleasurable drink to say the least. Surprised I haven't had this before. Not as good as Duvel in my opinion by a great alternative.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been getting into funky brews, and was told by many that aged Orval was nice and funky. Bottled 7/2009.

Pours a nice dark auburn color, with a bubbly, creamy off white head. Laces wonderfully.

Yeast aroma, with mild fruitiness and a good level of funkitude! Maybe a hint of spicy tinged hops.

Fruity, yeasty taste, some subtle funkiness, slight citrus and a funkier finish.

Crisp carbonation, that may or may not be appropriate of the style, but a little harsh to me. Got better with some temperature.

Pretty pleased with this. I have a thought as to some places that may carry some even older bottles, so I'll seek more out...freshies too.

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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into an Orval signature tulip and paired with Quebec raw milk cheese.

Spectacular white head on an cloudy orangy-amber ale. Citrus and meadow on the nose.

Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Peppery almost spicy taste, definitely some citrus, a bit of funk and some grassiness. VERY dry finish.

Quite delightful and very interesting.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,599 ratings.