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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,265 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,265
Reviews: 2,106
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 369 | 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.

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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Beezee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-01-2012 04:08:49 | More by Beezee
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joshkennedy

Singapore

3/5  rDev -28.6%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, burnt-orange with very bubbly head that takes forever to go down. There's a bit of sediment floating around. Very little light passes through. It looks great in the glass.

Smell: Smells fresh if not a little earthy like sweet, cold, wet leaves. There's a hoppy character, but the smell is largely diminished - it's not a very strong smell. Nose is mildly sharp and musty.

Taste: Hoppy character is prominent - tastes fresh and bitterly sharp. Very crisp and while it's heavily carbonated, the bubbles aren't very big so it's pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a large chalky taste. It feels as if I've recently swallowed a bit of dirt or dust. It attacks the tongue and sits at the back of the throat for a while. Finishes pretty mild.

Overall: This bottle is almost two years old and I'm not sure if that's what is affecting the nose on it. It's pretty good, though I'm not particularly fond of the way it hangs at the back of the throat. It really tastes like someone mixed dirt into the mash - doesn't ruin the beer for me, but I'm not sure I'd get it again.

06-29-2011 04:01:42 | More by joshkennedy
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cyrushire

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Longhorn08

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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logicalparadox

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%

12-01-2011 05:08:05 | More by logicalparadox
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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kmshivel13

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.6%

08-09-2014 01:15:47 | More by kmshivel13
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -28.6%

09-17-2012 20:30:19 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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Koester

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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d5001986

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-09-2013 02:47:11 | More by d5001986
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CJAX13

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-14-2012 01:20:57 | More by jaidenjb
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jesus808

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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aslamm75

Indiana

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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CraftFan5

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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stimblin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-07-2012 19:58:01 | More by stimblin
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Arch578

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Wudro


3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Bibendum

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.6%

Orval has changed. It no longer has it's trademark peppery nose, and a head too big to contain that leaves frothy tracings around the edge of the goblet all the way to the bottom.
I have known Orval since 1979, when I worked for Merchant du Vin. It is a favorite beer that I rarely drink for reasons of cost.
However I received 6 bottles as a gift recently that were dated 20-5-11. And to my surprise there was no peppery nose, instead the smell of bubblegum. I did not have to pour with great care to contain the head, in fact I could and did pour it down the center. Something I could not have done 3 years ago.
So today I had one from another batch, this one dated 18-08-11. This one did not smell of bubblegum, but neither did it have it's trademark peppery nose or irrepressible head.
Orval either has a recent quality control problem, or they have intentionally changed their brew. In either case I'm unhappy. Bring back the old Orval, please.

05-03-2012 01:55:47 | More by Bibendum
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,265 ratings.