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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,172 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,172
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 326 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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despond

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19%

11-20-2011 03:15:37 | More by despond
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19%

08-16-2013 03:02:20 | More by EBeckett3
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Dwtucker90

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2012 23:08:21 | More by Dwtucker90
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Knut

Belgium

5/5  rDev +19%

04-14-2014 04:40:56 | More by Knut
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JBaker515


5/5  rDev +19%

06-28-2014 21:16:51 | More by JBaker515
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Kiae

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +19%

09-17-2013 16:23:44 | More by Kiae
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +19%

11-16-2011 00:15:17 | More by beerman999999
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nickhiller

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

11-16-2011 21:48:47 | More by nickhiller
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cmanzer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +19%

03-13-2013 21:07:27 | More by cmanzer
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nickthetick

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured a hazy burnt orange into my duvel tulip with three fingers of white frothy head that slims down to two fingers and. Only leaves spotted lacing.

S: plums and pineapple and bananas! Fruity and yeasty and wonderful.

T: definite pineapple and banana, belgian sugars and a little malt biscuit. There's a little bitterness that lingers towards the end.

MF: sweet medium body and very effervescent.

D: a wonderful BPA that has a great history and wonderful attributes. Its one of the easier to find trappist ales. I'll defiantly be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 20:27:28 | More by nickthetick
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +19%

11-14-2011 21:18:55 | More by sjstraub
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hopsbreath

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually just tried this beer for the first time a couple weeks ago, so I could harvest the dregs for a saison I was brewing. The dryness and complexity blew me away. Suddenly, every beer I brew is getting Orval dregs in it just so I have an excuse (as if I really needed one) to drink more of this beer. Every store I go into now I'm picking up bottles and checking the date. This review is for the oldest bottle I have found so far. It's "bottled on date" is 5-6-2008 (day first month second). Poured into a Duvel tulip, this review is being done live.

A: A very careful pour still yields a couple fingers of buttered popcorn head. The bubble composition itself is made up of big lazy bubbles with a rocky texture on top. Belgian lacing galore is left all over this thing. The body itself is a deep butterscotch with excellent clarity. Beer does not look more tempting than this. 5/5

S: Think tart green fruits here. Green apples, pears, lime zest, muscat grapes, and kiwi (yes kiwi) are among this fruit basket. An inviting sweetness I'm going to compare to the inside of a salt water taffy shop, is lingering just behind the classic earthy aroma of the brett. Beer does not smell better than this. 5/5

T: An impact of spice to the taste buds make this all about the yeast. Peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardomon... The list can go on and on. Dusky melon rind, bitter grapefruit pith, and avocado essence are all characteristics of what this base malt has turned into. Beer does not taste better than this. 5/5

M: A huge mouth of foam in every gulp. The swallow reveals a sawdust dry finish. It's drier than any Champagne I've had. It might be the single driest drink I have ever drank. A perfect beer for classy parties, celebrations, and weddings. I'll have to keep that in mind. Beer does not get drier than this. 5/5

O: Why oh why did I wait so long to try this out. Without a doubt one of the most unique beers I've enjoyed to date. It's also a beer I'll be returning to with some regularity. To have such a fantastic beer on the shelf of every upscale grocery store is truly remarkable. Beer DOES NOT get any better than this. 5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:37:17 | More by hopsbreath
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

11-23-2011 03:51:56 | More by 3leggeddub
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

12-04-2011 04:24:23 | More by nunzo
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly dark cloudy orange, very warm and with glinting sunlight coming through. The head is massive, and so thick that it almost feels like cotton candy. Leaves incredible rocky lacing all over the sides of my chalice, and maintains a thick covering over the surface for as long as the beer lasts. Aroma is insanely complex. Subtly alcoholic, which surprised me given its fairly modest ABV. Spices and breads are the dominant aromas. Lots of fruits, ranging from the very dark (raisins and plums) through the light and delicate (apples and bananas), with citrus and gloriously rich sweet malts. Incredible. Tastes bready, musty notes of brett and wild yeast. Spicy as well, cloves and pepper in the mix, with lots of fruits (banana and orange are predominant) as well. Long and sour finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy and nicely carbonated. Full and very warming, superb. Drinkability was incredible for a trappist. I wanted to keep drinking these all night. Nothing warms me up quite as well on a snowy night as Orval does. Gets better every time I have it, and is now one of my absolute favourite beers of all time. Flawless.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 18:40:45 | More by Mandrake
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stdbeerguy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

12-24-2012 19:04:25 | More by stdbeerguy
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19%

09-14-2012 12:35:40 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19%

06-26-2014 05:23:36 | More by Jasoncolliver
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Boski

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19%

04-21-2014 14:53:19 | More by Boski
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

11-16-2011 13:34:21 | More by Neffbeer
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goochpunch

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 27/3/07.

Pours out a hazed apricot with abundant carbonation and a humongous, thick head which looks like whipped egg whites. Leaves some raised, bubbly lacing. Smell is a mix of pale malts, light toast, fruit and spice (coriander, passion fruit, banana, apple), and an overall bretty funk. Hops are pretty forward in the smell and come off as herbal and grassy. Flavor starts off with some yeasty fruit and spice atop a malty backbone. Hops start to peak out in the middle and remind me of rosemary. Finish comes around as extremely dry, a tad sour, and with some funk. Mouthfeel is rather light , but not watery by any means, and has a carbonation that is bubbly and lively, but manages to be extremely smooth at the same time. It's hard to keep the glass down with this one. Incredible.

I highly recommend this one as fresh as possible. I've had this beer at almost a year old before and it does not compare to like relatively fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:09:02 | More by goochpunch
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought at LCBO
bowling pin shaped bottle.

poured in a chalice.
all head. fluffy crackling.pure joy.
i dont want to drink this. i just want to look at it. it looks way too pretty to touch.
under the head is hazy honey.

it has a strong and pleasing aroma. Definite yeast present with alot of spice.
minty hops.
banana bread malt.
so complex and tantalazing.

so well made. this yeast does magic inside the bottle. dry crisp finish that leads to the next sip almost immediately.

finding a slightly oily mouthfeel followed by more spicy herbal flavor long after each sip.

heaven in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:47:55 | More by paxkey
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +19%

11-20-2011 07:25:21 | More by Diomede
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mcheng


5/5  rDev +19%

09-10-2012 00:52:56 | More by mcheng
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2011 02:24:10 | More by mdillon86
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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