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

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4,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,432
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 213
Gots: 426 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of wiscokid920
5/5  rDev +19%

Amazing. Never have I experienced something so complex. I seem to pick up something different each and every time I take a sniff and sip. As the beer warms up different flavor profiles are unmasked. Nose welcomes with a pungent bouquet of flowers, lemon zest, juniper spice, yeasty/musk. The flavor profile is just as complex and inviting. Overall, its very dry and tart from start to finish, but the lingering dryness further enhances the flavor profiles. Welcomes you in with a nice sweet caramel and then you get consumed by a unique yeasty musk which later fades into a cider like tartness.

Unbelievably complex. At first the musk might seem abrasive...leading you to question if things can turn around...and oh yes it does! The seemingly abrasive nature sets the stage allowing the flavorful subtle qualities of the yeasty phenols and citrus zest to shine. Very unique. Truly exceptional.


wiscokid920, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Urik
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Urik, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of kyulfo
4.24/5  rDev +1%

kyulfo, Sep 21, 2014
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

BUNZILLA, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Kyle424
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Kyle424, Sep 20, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

Kmacdonald, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%

dagubna, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of BonzoBall
4/5  rDev -4.8%

VERY good beer. Smooth, flavourful, not bitter after taste, satisfying. Lovely !

BonzoBall, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

khargro2, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Carmack
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Carmack, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Tapok
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%

Tapok, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

BigOldOaf, Sep 15, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +6%

fr0wn3r, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Daniel608
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Daniel608, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of ms333
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ms333, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge, foamy, white head that kept me from
pouring any more than 1/3 of my bottle on the first attempt. The head dissipated into a cap
that left behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma: Wild yeast dominates the nose, followed by some lemon zest and a touch of
earthy/grassy notes.

Taste: There's a nice combination of big, musty tartness and light, citrusy sweetness all the
way down, with a decent amount of bitterness rounding everything out in harmony.

Palate: This is a medium bodied beer with a healthy amount of carbonation. The aftertaste
was musty, earthy, and lightly bitter. The aftertaste isn't intense, but it lingers for a good
amount of time.

Overall: I love this beer! The flavors aren't intense, but they all balance each other out well.
This is a must try beer, but I think that it's worth pointing out that Orval is definitely an acquired

offthelevel_bytheplumb, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Bluesman2383
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Banana on the nose and then malty goodness. The only thing about this beer I did not like was the massive head foam I got from the bottle like Triple Karmelliet. Otherwise, a great beer all the way around.

Bluesman2383, Sep 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Ken_P, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Hellpop65, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Nightwing
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of citrus with a hint of herbs. Appearance is cloudy amber with significant white head. Light bitter taste. Medium to light body, with a texture that is hard to pin down, and a dry finish. A very complex beer.

Nightwing, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

TubaManJack, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tastesogood, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Flip_Smash, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

petermethot, Sep 10, 2014
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,432 ratings.