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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

4,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,259
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 195
Gots: 363 | 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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mbabble

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-18-2013 23:24:14 | More by mbabble
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boqonx

Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-18-2014 08:29:35 | More by boqonx
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BMoney575

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sampled on 4-16-08
Bottled on 11-14-06
Best before 11-14-11

Pours a very cool neon orange color, with an immense white head that settles to about two inches, and stops. Looks awesome in a Duvel tulip.

Smell is funky and Belgian, spicy and sour, with lots of pine and ripe fruit. There's an off, fermented quality that I can't quite place.

Taste is surprisingly light, a little sour at first, a little bready in the middle, and a nice hop bitterness to balance out the end. A fruity and very dry white wine flavor lasts in the finish.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, super carbonated and light to add to the sharp flavors.

Drinkability is very good, this a hugely easy to drink and refreshing brew.

Overall, impressive. Very light, but flavorful in all the right places. I don't know how age would effect it, but it seems fresh even after 1.5 years.

04-17-2008 00:15:35 | More by BMoney575
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-26-2013 22:12:16 | More by phishphorce
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Konkretek

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-09-2014 13:07:39 | More by Konkretek
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flexabull

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

I can't believe I have never reviewed this. I am not even sure if I have ever even had this!

Pours a bright hazy gold color with a huge rocky white head.

Aromas are of light brett funk, some vinegar, spices, and orange citrus.

Taste is light on the mouth, but quite flavorful. Some very slightly sweet creamy malts, dusty, flour, dough, and light funk. Finish is smooth, with some crispness, a dry feel, lemon zest and light mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin, and a little watery. Not bad though.

Drinkability is really good. Very complex and tasty Belgian Pale. I could drink a few of these, but the price is a little steep for a small bottle.

02-20-2009 03:41:36 | More by flexabull
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Vigilante

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-15-2013 05:10:33 | More by Vigilante
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Scamboogery

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2014 18:19:52 | More by Scamboogery
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jn84

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-19-2014 03:39:55 | More by jn84
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-04-2012 20:33:28 | More by rydev24
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-21-2014 03:08:22 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BelgianBeerPope

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-21-2013 11:29:47 | More by BelgianBeerPope
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-13-2013 20:33:12 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-03-2014 00:02:26 | More by DaveHack
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

11-17-2009 20:10:19 | More by crnipeter
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penguinboat

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-01-2012 02:39:53 | More by penguinboat
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bram325

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-27-2014 15:23:36 | More by bram325
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-28-2014 01:31:21 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-12-2013 01:39:32 | More by Crimsontider22
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-28-2013 13:20:47 | More by mychalg9
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-01-2013 21:30:38 | More by Kahlerbock
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-20-2014 00:56:49 | More by Jotora
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-03-2013 19:39:17 | More by Krakpoff
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-11-2013 21:07:32 | More by nrs207
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Zaso

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-24-2012 04:30:24 | More by Zaso
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,259 ratings.