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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,531
Reviews: 2,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 226
Gots: 459 | 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:
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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Consumed on November 4th, 2014 from an 11.2 ounce bottle labeled:
"bottled on 14/01/2014 - best before 14/01/2019"
Poured into a DeKonnick chalice.

Beer pours a hazy medium yellow. Very effervescent, a two finger head springs up instantly. Had to wait for it to die down to finish pouring the bottle. Head settles after a while to a thick, clingy, meringue-like head: beautiful.

Aroma: this is as close to a genre-defining Belgian pale ale as I have ever had. Peppery, estery (bananas and cherry), sweet, floral, ever-so-slightly tart: this is a really awesome nose.

Flavor: a little bit of a letdown after the awesome nose, it's still solid and well-sorted. Bitterness hits first, followed by a lightly grassy note with a clean, refreshing finish. Some residual bitterness and a yeasty note wrap it up. Ever-so-subtle funk lurks in the wings but never asserts itself.

Mouthfeel: very well-carbonated. Tingly and a little prickly if held in the mouth a moment before swallowing. Medium-bodied and a bit smooth.

I don't know why, despite being into craft beer for over 14 years, I never tried Orval. I am so glad I finally got around to it. Doesn't dethrone Duvel as my favorite Belgian pale ale, but it is a worthy brew in any estimation.

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Strong refreshing aroma of vanilla, some lime, yeast and spices.

Tastes bitter, has a refreshing touch, yeast, with a sweeter finish. Carbonation is pretty high, but not too present. Has a warm pleasant finish, gets into balance in the end (less bitterness). Smells much sweeter than it actually tastes. Bitterness is very present at the beginning, sweet yeast and spices add complexity which results in a very adorable mouthfeel.

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Pours a cloudy light orange. Some foamy, frothy head which slowly dissipates. A small amount stubbornly lingers. Aroma is candied apples, light citrus notes, cranberries, earthy tones, and graham crackers. Taste is a balanced and enjoyable mix that's initially sour but the sourness quickly mutes, allowing full enjoyment of the flavor. I'm getting some floral notes overlayed with more citrus, bread, and rust. Feel is light and poppy, almost like a champagne. An extremely enjoyable beer that's one of my favorites.

This is based on a 5 month old bottle, but try it aged by a few years for an even more unique Orval experience.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,531 ratings.