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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

4,607 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,607
Reviews: 2,147
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 248
Gots: 499 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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.
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Photo of crnipeter
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The production date says 15.09. 2009 so the beer is quite fresh one.
Hazy light amber-orange. Thick solid ivory head leaving patches and bands of thick lace on the glass walls as the crown retreats. In its own brand glass Orval looks imperial and the crown never fades completely, leaving a solid cap.

Floral with traces of honey, fresh cut hay, lemony esters and juniper.

Herbal one with evident juniper and lemon rind touch. A constant search of balance between bitter and sour is always leaning on a bitter side till it ends with hoppy bitterness accompanied by dry finish. I wonder how this biter-sour game will evolve with aging.

High carbonation produces bubbly sensation yet the beer remains somewhat creamy. Light medium bodied.

A particular brew that you'll never get tired of.

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4.24/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kremlock
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick fluffy white head that has great retention. High apparent carbonation, hazy dark copper colour.

S: Green apples, pears, candied apples,

T: Tart flavours, some green apples, candied apples, some bready flavours.

M: High carbonation, dry finish, cleans up the palate, very smooth going down, full bodied.

O: This is a great trappist beer with great green fruit flavours.

Photo of JohnG190
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head that settles into a lacy cap. Complex aroma of yeast, caramel and funk. Earthy with a hint of hoppiness and some barnyard. Medium body with light carbonation starts and finishes bone dry. Super complex and superbly crafted, though I would expect nothing less from one of the worlds great beers!

Photo of proc
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Pours out to a cloudy, amber in the glass with a generous head. The aroma is the strong point of this beer. It combines essences of a fine liqueur with that of yeast and fruit. Taste is slightly spicy in the Belgium sort of way. Fairly high in carbonation. Finish is quite easy and invites another sip. Rather expensive, but a nice treat.

Photo of murrayswine
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Biglove or the trade, very awesome guy.
I poured this one into my Delirium tulip.

The pour is perfect with a full cotton head. The smell presents esters, oily chocalate, rose, citrus and raisins.
The taste is wonderful, light and complex with chocalate, and cherries and walnuts coming through.
The mouthfeel is awesome, light and smooth.
If you have the means, I highly recommend it.

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4.24/5  rDev +1%

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4.24/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jetulio
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chalice glass from a 330 ml bottle

App – colour amber/orange but very cloudy ; a 4-finger dense beige/off-white head long lasting.

Aroma – Bread and barley with a touch of wet ground

Taste – Balanced sweetness with alcohol presencedriving to a moderate bitterness into the finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Medium/soft carbonation.

Overall - a wonderful trappist ale. To revisit again and again. Nuff said.

Photo of dgilks
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange colour. White head with large bubbles dissapates quickly to a small island of head. Decent lacing.

S - Brett funk is very evident with a nice underlying fruit note. Possibly cherries and peaches. Very nice.

T - More bitter than most Trappist ales I've had with a subtle hoppiness. Plenty of Brett funk is evident and the peaches and cherries from the nose are evident. It is nice but could be a bit punchier.

M - Rich, slightly more than medium body. Below average carbonation. This is very nice and silky.

D - Very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5 a single dated 4/2010
Pours a huge 4 fingers worth of off white head. Hazy golden body. Nice lacing a good cap remains. Very appealing and typical of a nice pale ale.
Smell is quite interesting. Lemon, citrus, wet cardboard, touch of white grapes, floral notes of lillys and lavender. In the finish theres a sharp note of lactic acid, it doesn't stick around for long but adds an interesting note. This is very complex as all the flavors play well together.
Mouth feel is very dry yet very pleasing. High carbing.
Overall this is a good beer, the smell is the best part.
I'd get this again to have once in a while.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark orange and amber in color with a huge, incredibly persistent off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines and rings and webs of lacing down the glass. Superb.

Incredibly fresh, pungent, hoppy, and funky aroma, even after 2+ years of aging in my cellar. There's lots of citrus, white fruits like apples and pears, mild funk, earth, hay, and grass. This is what I look for in a Belgian pale.

The flavor is more bitter and funk-forward than I would have imagined after experiencing the aroma. There's still good amounts of white fruit, earthiness, and grass flavors, but the bitterness and funk are dominant. Mind you, I'm not complaining.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I wouldn't say "No" to another, that's for sure. This is delightful.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,607 ratings.