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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,405 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 211
Gots: 414 | FT: 10
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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3/5  rDev -28.6%

d5001986, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Wudro, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Bibendum, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

FarmerF, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Humorum, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Rich1818, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

OP7iK, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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marvmoreno, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

heytomcat, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

bigoten13, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

rjholcomb, Nov 30, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.