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

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4,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,493
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 218
Gots: 442 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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.

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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

KMcG, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pour from 330 into tulip. Bronze-caramel with a massive beige head. Had to let it sit a bit before smelling-tasting, which was OK since it was from the fridge. Aroma was of dried fruits, light phenolic banana, and a yeasty brown bread. Flavor was quite complex. Dried fruits were replaced by stone fruits up front with barnyard (I get it now...), finishing with some spice. Very enjoyable, complex Abbey Ale.

Caveat: I drank this while reading about the Abbey and the legend of Matilda of Tuscany, so my experience may have been artificially enhanced by the power of suggestion.

MisterGone, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dduquette, Jan 11, 2013
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juliendesrochers, Mar 19, 2013
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flayedandskinned, Oct 07, 2012
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hiphopj5, Apr 05, 2013
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mattyb85, Sep 01, 2012
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Gerasimos, Jun 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

buddabuga, Aug 04, 2013
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cwd, Sep 15, 2012
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DougT, May 18, 2012
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Keith_R, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

maynard713, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brownish orange with enormous amounts of big fluffy head. The head slowly winds itself down, but leaves its mark all over the glass.

Smell is... different. Smells very fresh, almost a melon or apple aroma. It makes me think of a candle store with a rack of scented candles on display.

Taste is tart up front, I can't put my finger on what the flavours are comparable to. There is a finish of spicyness(though not a lot), then the hops take over nicely. Citrus tastes in the middle for sure. There seems to be a lot to it, but I can't pin down the distinct flavours.

The mouthfeel is bang on for the style, a little bit of body and healthy dose of carbonation. I find myself getting through this beer rather quickly, it certainly is an easy drink.

I like it, sucks that it is even more pricey then Duvel here....

elricorico, Nov 28, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
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Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
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crosenkrantz, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle-bottled 5.19.2010). Pours a hazy apricot color with a chunky white head and active carbonation. Nice lacing. The beer is almost one year old and seems to have lost its hop aroma. I’m mostly getting some sour, funkiness with some berries. Taste is tart-not quite sour-but the hops are there, albeit faint. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish is bitter and dry. My tastes have changed a great deal since I last had an orval and I like it much more now. It’s taken a loooong time for me to get into sour (or sourish) beers

trappistlover, May 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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bkonk10, Aug 16, 2012
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sammo, Jul 07, 2012
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trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
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SakellariosVouvalis, Oct 28, 2012
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Ajlvt, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

nyrblue2, Jan 30, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,493 ratings.