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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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4,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,358
Reviews: 2,117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 206
Gots: 397 | FT: 10
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%

SeaOfShells, Apr 09, 2013
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whistler55, Mar 21, 2014
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Cramerican, Mar 23, 2014
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csmalley, Jan 08, 2014
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JohnK17, Apr 07, 2014
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into a Rapscallion tulip glass, barely got the whole bottle in with a 2"+ head that snow-coned over the top of the glass. The head is thick and foamy, sort of looks like that foam you see at the ocean when a big storm is coming, or at the edge of a fast moving stream. Anyways, to continue on, the aroma is somewhat effervescent and fruity, raspberry, perhaps? Lacing over the honey hued brew is incredible as the head begins to join it's liquid brethren. Slightly sour flavor where the fruits come into play, and then rounds out a bit with the malt and slight alochol warming. An interesting Belgian, as most are.

ppoitras, Apr 12, 2004
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corysmith01, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful treat that I found in an unexpected place.
It poured dark golden and hazy after I stirred the yeast a bit, with a nice fluffy off-white head.

The first thing I noticed was the smell that came bursting from the bottle when I opened it. I got a rush of ethanol which dissipated quickly and left behind strong banana notes.

The taste was a wonderful combination of sweetness offset by clean hops with alcoholic and yeasty back notes. Maybe some herbal/floral action going on too.

The mouthfeel is the kicker with this one, it is crisp and sharp, you almost get the impression you're drinking a citrus beverage. Its quite refreshing and enhances the flavor a great deal.

Pretty drinkable stuff I dare say, were it not so expensive that is.

jkanavel, Sep 04, 2008
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TomTown, Feb 16, 2014
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BeerBucks, Apr 20, 2012
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scottiethebody, Aug 26, 2012
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Kerne, Oct 17, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Heavy citrus, hint of coffee, molasses.

Taste: Dense flavour with a taste that is darker than its colour would suggest. Dark cider backbone. Has a bitter cut throughout. Healthy white head.

Notes of citrus, medicine and spice. Tart, dry and easily drinkable.

Serving type: 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle.

pijiu, Jan 11, 2008
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Eric908, Aug 17, 2013
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Dunns1027, Mar 11, 2012
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muusers, Feb 06, 2012
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tikk, May 05, 2014
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jderosia603, Mar 18, 2013
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memphischas, Apr 29, 2014
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alelover, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/03/2011 and best by 10/03/2016.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber in color with a two finger tall foamy white head. This beer exhibited excellent head retention properties and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of green apples, lemon zest, barnyard funk, and spices/pepper. Quite complex and enticing.

T: Flavors of green apple with some brown sugar sweetness, followed by lemon zest and spices/pepper, and finish with a pleasant bitterness. A little of the funk is present as well and the flavors are complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderation to high amounts of carbonation. Mild acidity is present and the beer is crisp.

O: Great beer - a very well done Trappist beer. I'm really glad this is available at the local bottleshop because I have and will continue to enjoy this beer. Nice complexity in the aroma and flavors.

dbrauneis, Feb 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a cloudy apricot color with a meringue-like head that stayed for quite a while. Lacing was plentiful and thick.

Aroma of citrus, bananas, Belgian yeast, and pepper.

Tastes of citrus, bananas, malts, and peppery tartness. Steers away from the over-sweetness of many Belgian pales and gives you an explosion of flavors.

Medium mouthfeel, very drying, with a nice sharp carbonation.

This is a top-of-the-line Belgian pale. Enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jan 11, 2008
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mixed_master7, Mar 31, 2013
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gshak, Nov 14, 2012
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Mattyb79, Dec 07, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,358 ratings.