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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,171 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 4,171
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 325 | FT: 9
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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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evantwomey

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Big, foamy head which lingers for a while. Little lacing. Color is reddish-amber, good clarity. Aroma is fruity and funky. The brett comes through very nicely and really sets this beer apart from the other trappist ales. Taste is not quite as good as the aroma. Faint malt taste with a dry and surprisingly bitter finish. Very vinous. Mouthfeel is 'explosive' - when I swish it in my mouth, it instantly turns to foam. This stuff is seriously carbonated. I think the massive carbonation might mute some of the flavors.

Overall this is a fantastic beer and the weirdest of the trappist beers I've had so far. The brettanomyces sets it apart, and it is easily the best Belgian pale ale I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:02:26 | More by evantwomey
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/23/08, Chimay glass.

Pours a huge mounding very light tan head. Even a very gentle pour fills more than half the goblet with head. As it falls, a very enticing lacework coats the glass. Color is a hazy orange.
Aroma is very fruity and tart. Orchard fruits, banana, lemon, grass and hay. A faint flowery note?
Flavor is pretty light... sweetness, tart, grainy/grassy. Finish is dry, lightly bitter, with a hint of barnyard. But it also has little astringency in the back of the throat that's a bit distracting.
Very light, extremely dry feel. Lots of carbonation.

Before shelling out the cash for a Trappist (they are expensive little buggers) I did a little looking. I'm only on "sports and weather" terms with many Belgian styles, so I looked around. The reviews of Orval promised something different. Well, I'm pretty impressed. Tart, a little funk. This is a damn tasty brew. I'd like a little more funk, which I may get for an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:04:12 | More by goatgoat
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RuudJH

Netherlands

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

This is defenately the trappist that breathes cloisterlife the most. The experience of sniffing and sipping this ale is something Medieval. It reminds me of old churches and chapels in Europe I've visited.

(Meanwhile looking at the uniquely shaped bottle).

A: Great colour(between orange and brown), great head (beige, very thick and fluffy, and great lacing). Great to look at.
S: Defenately very pleasant. Fruit (cherry, strawberry), entertaining hops, something hard to define (pepperminty), plust the yeast, that gives it great dimension..
T: This beer is very intruiging with the Brettanomyces, topclass malts, but also it's spicy with pepper, plus a taste of both fresh and dried fruits, bread and good hops.
M: This drink is very dry, the taste stays in your mouth long.
D: Allthough it's not too high on alcohol (between 6 and 7% abv on the label, it seems to vary), I think it's a beer for sipping. It also goes well with crackers 'n old hard cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 13:39:38 | More by RuudJH
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (of course) into a tulip glass.

A: A dark golden orange color almost brownish. A huge billowy white fluffy head that leaves sticky glass lacing throughout the glass.

S: Fruits, with grape, citrus and a candy sweetness, spicy yeast also detected.

T: Yeasty with fruit flavors of concord grape, lemon, apple, pear, citrus and a floral hop flavor. A nice sweetness follows along like candied fruit or sugar, but not overly so like I expected. Very complex as it warms, the spicy yeasty characters come out more so. The floral hops stick through the finish. Very nice, I like this.

M: Sweet but dry. Finish is getting sweeter as it warms, no alcohol (or very little) is detected.

D: Fairly high, unexpectedly so. I heard a ton about this beer.

Overall I was more than impressed. I heard this is a love it or hate it beer because of the brett, I personally loved it. Very good, very complex, great belgian and another great trappist beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:15:55 | More by Kadonny
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SugarBunny

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice and eaten with chocolate cake.

The color was golden and it smelled delicious, even though I had a cold at the time.

A lot of the yeast character comes through as it warms up (which I let it do). It was very complex, with even hints of fruity tones. It went really well with the chocolate cake I was eating, which I wasn't sure it would. I love chocolate cake, and it put the chocolate cake to shame.

It was also really carbonated, which I expected and do enjoy, although it makes me drink it more slowly, which is ok with me.

I'm looking forward to the next bottle I have in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 01:16:28 | More by SugarBunny
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a chalice at my house.

Cloudy and hazy with a golden-orange color. A medium head that is white-off white colored.

Yeast is obvious in the nose, citrus and some floral notes as well.

The flavor is a complex meld of floral and citrus balanced with a sugar-sweet base

Finish ends a bit dry and beer

Really drinkable, very complex, it takes more than one to even begin to figure this one out

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:24:29 | More by mhatters
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beeristhefuture

Ohio

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

I was excited to try one of the more rarefied trappists, but was a bit confused by this one.

Appearance: A thick, burnt-golden color with a firm and very durable head that just did not quit. It definitely had the appearance of tradition, and that was very appealing.

Smell: Strangely, it did not have a very powerful aroma; champagne grape and grapefruit were the predominant fruit tones, with a faint lingering of pine.

Taste: This sense can't be discussed without including the mouthfeel. A huge amount of gas makes all of the flavors explode in the mouth, which definitely accented all of the sensations. Primarily champagne flavors resulting from a delicate balance of hops and pale malts made for a sweet, delicate experience.

Drinkability: With the higher weight it's a good thing this beer is so expensive. The large amount of gas made it very easy to drink, which could have bad results. Fortunately, it's got a built-in mechanism in being expensive, which prevents it from being drunk in excess.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:50:20 | More by beeristhefuture
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a rich off-white head. The body is cloudy and of gold/amber colour. The carbonation is not very visible.

S: A lively hoppy and yeasty aroma, with some biscuit-type malts and lovely citrus notes.

T: A nice hoppy punch, followed into a robust grapefruit/lemon zest flavour that also has some subtle sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter and a bit salty.

M: Quite carbonated, but it doesn't set one off in the slightest. Medium-bodied and fairly smooth overall.

D: Not a session beer, but, acknowledging it is 6.9%, Orval is quite drinkable. It takes little effort to drink a bottle of it, keeping in mind it's the kind of beer you want to savour.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 15:17:20 | More by NightINgale
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MadTown1000

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall: It's always disappointing to try a beer you're supposed to like and have to give it a mediocre grade. It's clearly a serious beer, but I think you have to like pale ales in general to really appreciate it, and I don't.

Appearance: Dark, very cloudy straw color. Absolutely insane head of foam - I poured it into a pint glass, and got maybe an inch of beer into the glass before the rest of it was filled with incredibly long lasting foam. I let it settle for a couple of minutes and more than half the foam was still there. The stuff's like bubble bath - it sticks to the inside of the glass like glue. Points given for shock value if nothing else.

Smell - Strong sweet smell similar to what I've noticed in a lot of Belgian and Belgian-style beers. Almost overpoweringly sweet smell that actually doesn't quite match the taste - I'm docking some points for false advertising.

Taste: A very mild pale ale, with a little bit of the sweetness from the smell appearing in the aftertaste. An interesting combination, but it doesn't floor me. It's complex, but it loses the crispness you get with a lot of light colored beers without substituting in the really interesting flavors you get with a darker Belgian beer (like my favorite Gulden Draak). Sort of similar to Piraat, now that I think about it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: That aftertaste is a negative here - it's a little bit cloying. Of course, this isn't a beer designed to be drank in quantity, so the fact that it would be tough to drink in quantity isn't a big downer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:38:29 | More by MadTown1000
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HalfFull

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle(best by Jan. 2014) into a large wine glass. Pours hazy and deep golden in color. A light two finger head sits atop the beer as a champagne like carbonation emanated from the bottom of the pour. Frothy lacing clung as the head settled.

Not a whole lot on the nose. Warms up to offer some light berries and just a hint of yeast intermingled with the malty effervescence.

Tastes is fruity and carries forward that champagne like carbonation from the pour. Actually reminds me of drinking some Moët & Chandon with a dash of Chambord in it. Otherwise a touch bittersweet on the finish. Pleasant malt backdrop.

Offers a decent feel with a lingering finish from the combination of fruit and carbonation. Drinkability is held in check by both the carbonation and the price. Glad I sampled this beer but will I do so again? I doubt it, though there are certainly friends I could recommend it to.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 05:04:30 | More by HalfFull
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dfitch81

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extraordinary beer, this. Orval's excellence manifests in its intricate and subtle complexities. The exceptional artisanship that goes into crafting this masterpiece is unmistakeable.

Appearance: Before I even talk about the appearance of the beer I have to mention the bottle itself - a work of art in its own right. The neck flows seamlessly into the body, which then tapers gently to the narrower base. Simple, beautiful, elegant. Pouring the beer into my Orval chalice produced two fingers of rocky white head, which eventually settled into a silver-dollar sized patch in the center. The beer itself is a beautiful hazed-honey amber with numerous tidy bubbles scudding up the side.

Smell and Taste: Distinct to say the least, like no other beer I've ever tried. Some perfuminess and mustiness with hints of hay, tart fruit and roses in the nose; estery and phenolic notes are much in evidence. Taste mirrors and builds on the scent, with the estery, rosy flavor complemented by the subtle fruity tartness (reminiscent of litchis). Yeast flavor emerges towards end of the taste. Curious but wonderful dry finish invites another taste.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable with a wonderfully constructed body that allows you to appreciate the complexities inherent in the palate. Alcohol is difficult to notice, even though at 6.9% it is hardly lacking in that respect. This beer's complexity entices you to refill your glass again and again. The only problem is that unless you have lots of money, you'll never be able to fill your glass with Orval except on special occasions.

Overall a strange yet exquisite thing, to be savored slowly and delicately.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:03:09 | More by dfitch81
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ajayma

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

LOOK.
Dark honey with a gentle cloudiness. Bottled On: 9/23/2008

AROMA.
I get leather, citrus peel, and hay.

BODY.
Light with a firm carbonation.

FLAVOR.
Starts off with a wash of hay and lemon rind. In the middle, a grassy hop character mingles with a mild pepperiness. In the finish, bitterness becomes more medicinal, with notes of ginger and lemon (and anise too?) in a long, drying finish. Dry through and through.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 08:04:35 | More by ajayma
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Sleepisforthewik

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A HUGE RIDICULOUS HEAD! It poured what I would call a cloudy amber.

S: Smells to me of fruit, herbs, and flowers. Smells absolutely delicious.

T: Light, subtle fruit flavor with a hint of cider at times. A mild peppery taste is present with a slight salt aftertaste.

M: This beer is VERY carbonated. It has a smooth mouthfeel that I would translate into being very digestible.

D: I would personally enjoy this beer if I could as part of a weekly rotation.

As a final note, while drinking this, I would have killed to pair it with some warm Brie cheese spread on top of watercress crackers.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:08:37 | More by Sleepisforthewik
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specgravity

India

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

This poured a beautiful rich copper, a generous beige-tan of foam that was along for the whole ride.

Phenols at first sip and later a distinct alcohol taste bordering on hot.

Distinct citrusy flavor towards grassy even at the threashold of cat's pee

Yeast spiciness, hop bitterness, no malt - that sums it up. I can imagine this as a nice pair with soft white cheese!

Carbonation packs a mean attitude; balanced and fresh. The hop aroma, especially the floral side is opening up as it warms up a bit.

A touch of bubble gum and a hint of berry are the most noticeable character that the yeast aroma offer and complemented with some spiciness in the taste.

Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 19:55:11 | More by specgravity
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours cloudy orange-copper, with a big, rocky off-white head that settles down into a creamy, long lasting cap, with plenty of robust lacing.

Nose has a light, tart citrus quality, dry, with a light funky barnyard note underneath, and a bit of a floral note as well. Clean but complex.

Taste is quite complex - starts off with a crisp citrus tartness, quite funky around the edges with a dry barnyard character, then takes on a lemon meringue pie character around the middle of the tongue - clear lemon, some smooth vanilla sweetness. Gives way to a light, floral hop note on the finish, with a lingering, dry, earthy funk.

Mouthfeel is lively, a soft but active carbonation, with a creamy, fluffy character from the ever-present cap. Medium bodied.

A crime that it took me so long to give it a go with this masterpiece of a beer. Beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 13:07:02 | More by JohnQVegas
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slk22

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a golden/amber similar to honey. Cloudy with a huge off-white head that seems to last forever. Aroma is very mild malt with some sweetness, much less complex than I expected. Taste was also very mild, mainly corn, having no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a light body and high carbonation, not unlike seltzer water. This is an easy beer to drink, but not very arousing in my opinion. Not sure if I just got a bad bottle as I expected a lot more from this offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:30:13 | More by slk22
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lovely golden-orange hue, almost reminding me of the sky at sunset. The white, foamy head forms vigorously and quickly, but manages to remain control to build into a fantastic froth topping. Very nice

S + T: Aroma and flavour are very similar. Lemon rind and "horse blanket" with a soft fruitiness below it all. More 'funky' and bitter than other trappists, but quite intriguing and unique.

M + D: Sparkling, foaming, rich. It's a very interesting style, and one of the better ones. It took far too long to finally get around to it, but glad to have done so now... with the lower alcohol, it's inviting to have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:08:08 | More by Proteus93
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everetends

Alabama

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

A bottle I picked up from Green's in ATL. This was bottled on 9-07-08, not too bad. I was told to let it age, but I figure what the hell. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a really nice and mild orangish/brown color. Held to the light you get more of a lighter orange glow. The head is off white and a good three fingers. The head is seriously rocky and huge foam. The head has great retention thanks to the constant carbonation activity that is feeding the head and moving around in here. Lace is very soapy and sticky. Lots of rocky foam remains on the glass. This is a great looking brew for sure.

S: Smell is solid. Getting some nice Belgian yeasty quality. Nice bready malt character coming through here and it really works with the fruit goodness that lies within. Getting some really nice and crisp apple skin and some nice pear. There is a touch of banana in here which is a pleasant suprise. There is a little bit of dirty funk going on in here. Its very light but its just a nice earthy hay and dusty, wet wood.

T: Taste is very nice indeed. Yet again a really nice bready and crackery malt mixes wonderfully with the Belgian yeast coming out here. That fruit is very present. Lots of apple and ome sweet pear are on display in a big way. The banana is not as big time as I was hoping but a very nice addition to the flavors. Getting a little bit of lemon lime coming out that really reminds me of a light and sparkly lemon lime soda I used to have in europe. The hops are light and floral. All together, beautiful.

M: Light side of medium in body with a really huge and crisp carbonation presence that works oh so well here. This beer has a touch of a tart feel going on in here. This beer is slightly dry. ABV is no where to be found. Aftertaste is mostly some slightly tart apple and fruity goodness. This all works and very nice.

D: This beer is incredibly drinkable thanks to is light wieght and big time carbonation. Overall, this beer works on every level. The flavors are complex but still remain light and delicate. I think that is the best way to describe this beer. It has some much going on but it still remains delicate. Just a beautifully crafted brew. Glad I followed the advice of whoever it was who told me to get a bottle of this to give a go. Just great.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 04:36:51 | More by everetends
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 13/10/2005. It's waited long enough.

A- Huge eggshell head on this thing. Doesn't go away. Beautiful bronze. Darker than I remember, maybe from age? Brilliantly clear. The yeast must have settled out.

S-Hay and lemon rinds. Some Breadiness. Slightly metalic but pleasantly so. Yeasty. Very little hop aroma.

T- Still firmly bitter, even after 4 years. Dirty and biscuity.

M- Prickly carbonation keeps the palate ready for the next sip. Bone dry. Bitterness is really high but so good.

d- If i could afford it I would drink this beer everyday. This is near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 23:52:14 | More by organicbrewer
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scootny

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a one of a kind brew. A firm, rocky and somewhat lively head sits atop a mostly clear copper fluid. A touch of chill haze. Subsequent pours add the yeast and the lovely roundness it brings to the glass. Retention is exemplary and a touch of carbonation activity in my glass. Lacing is generous and impressive.

Smell is unique. Cinnamon, orange, and lemon hit my nose first. A lovely sweet malt backbone and spicy notes as well. Belgian yeast esters and complex sugary compounds. A mix of apples, grapes, pears, and faint banana. Light hop florals. Wow. You spend a month on the nose alone.

Taste will take six months. Cinnamon and orange from the nose with a bigger lemon presence are bound to a sourdough like Belgian malt backbone. Just enough sweet breadiness to let you know you're drinking beer. A huge, dry but mild hop bittering follows that cleans your mouth out and allows you to savor the malt and yeasty breadiness of the brew as it lingers on your tongue and palate. Subtle fruits from the nose mix in and add depth and intrigue to this vixen in a bottle. Tartness from start to finish. Feel is super creamy and just on the heavy side of medium. A touch full as this is a very satisfying pale ale but still one you want to keep sipping at a good rate because the taste and feel are so inviting.

Drinkability is perfect as the fullness of the feel slows you down just enough to appreciate it while not getting in the way.

I finally get this beer. While anyone can enjoy it this is a beer that is very deep for newbies as the sophistication of it's construction requires an educated palate. While I have always enjoyed Orval for years, understanding it's difference and special place in the beer world requires patience and perspective.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 06:26:00 | More by scootny
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tedpeer

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 11.2 into a Chimay chalice.

A - Poured orange with a 3/4 inch white head that subsided into an 1/8 layer. Some lacing.

S - Sour apples and citrus.

T - Tart, dry, sour. Bitter hop finish.

M - Light, thin and very carbonated.

D - Drinking this was a job.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 00:40:21 | More by tedpeer
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apowar

California

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into an unfortunate pint glass.

Pours a beautiful rusty orange color that reminds me of my mom's sun tea. Slightly hazy. Very large, persistent, stiff and foamy pale yellow head.

The aroma strikes me as bubble gum, ripe banana, and tart apple.

Flavor is slightly toasty up front and becomes a bit tangy including typical hop flavors such as candied lemon peel. Finishes with slight hop bitterness, belgian brewers yeast, and some very nice banana and candied citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is very interesting. Clearly present carbonation that completely fills the mouth. It's assertive but not too prickly or strong, but actually rather soft. Overall, very drinkable, refreshing brew with enthralling complexity and richness or flavor. I can definitely see why this is considered the quintessential belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:29:01 | More by apowar
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badmoon

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Hazy orange...almost like looking at the sun! Gorgeous, deep tone.

S: Spice and citrus. Very complex and I love it! Reeks of a Belgian.

T: Very crisp. I didn't notice the hops at the beginning but they are VERY noticeable on the finish.

M: Carbonation is noticeable but not overwhelming. It's almost dry but the bitter hop finish balances that out.

D: I couldn't drink more than one of these...it's really big.

Overall: Great beer! I'll be picking up a couple more of these ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 05:27:22 | More by badmoon
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PeterLemonjello

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a hazey rich honey or light orange color. Pours a hefty/rocky head with lots of CO2 bubbles

S: mildly sour apples and white grapes

T: very fruity and dry turning giving way to some malt/bready flavors as it reaches cellar temperature

M: nice, full and lots of delicate/soft carbonation

D: Very nice beer with plenty of flavors. Complex beer but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:06:14 | More by PeterLemonjello
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goblet

New Jersey

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

poured this one from a 33 cl unique looking ovalish bottle into my goblet .

Appearance:it`s a hazy,cloudy pale orange sun rising with beautiful slightly off white clouds in the sky that reduces but sticks around with early morning lite carbonation .

Smell: the aroma is haystacks on the farm ,even woodies with a mild friutiness ,like peaches and pears the malt and hops are hanging out on this farm though it was foggy and left a wet environment.

Taste:this particular farm is growing mild spices and grains that need an acquired taste to truly appreciate this brew the malt and dry hops are unique and pleasent .

Mouthfeel: a spiciness that is all over the place on this farm its picking hay and feeding the animals watering the grains on a dry day in june.

Drinkablilty:this is a great pale ale full of spices and dry grains ,i would think that some might not get it but try this beer more then once and you will..

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 18:17:46 | More by goblet
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,171 ratings.