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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,412 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 214
Gots: 419 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

bkonk10, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark caramel gold the color of a super ripe banana. Slight haze. Head is pillowy, massive, and off-white. Slightly sticky lacing. Solid carbonation. Head drops to a chunky cap and collar.

Smell: Banana, powdery yeast. Apples and pears. Some candi sugar and caramel sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch of melon rind and straw. Slight pale malt coupled with darker caramel malts. Touch of phenols on the back. Faint Brett backing. Clove and banana.

Taste: Yeast. Powdery and mildly earthy. Ripe banana and some mild spiciness. Clove and some phenol. Touches of caramel, candi sweetness, and some graham cracker. Biscuit and hay. Pale malts. Slightly cooked grains. Belgian yeast and a nice earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body with a solid carbonation. Very clean.

Overall: Odd, very odd. Heavy Belgian influence, but so earthy it's confusing. I'm a little sad it took me this long to try this beer. It's good, with an extremely unique profile.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

maep, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Happyhopper, Aug 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ant1, Aug 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

ckk527, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

CommonRider, Aug 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

leagr, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brentusaurus, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jkermitj, Aug 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tfsimpkins, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

philmen, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A - Orange-gold. Substantial off white head of fine bubbles that endures for a long time

S - Slightly bretty, or is that candi? Maybe both. Maybe a little winey. It's somewhat faint and hard to pin down.

T/M - It's got a signature flavor and feel that I'm coming to associate with offerings from several Trappist breweries. It reminds me of St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10 even though those are different styles. All have a sharp, light, tingliness, a lighter overall feel than I expect in any of those cases, and with more of a carbonation sting than I want, almost like a miniature shadow of Pop Rocks. Some of that sharpness in this case takes on a kind of appley character, with some of the bitterness of skin tannins and leaning towards the tartness of a green apple. There's a suggestion of candi sugar. Earlier sips seemed sweeter and thicker, while later ones are sharper and thinner, though I get the sweetness on the exhale. Finishes dry and tannic.

O - This beer was kind of a journey from start to finish. It's interesting and its quality shines through. That's what I want on my beer safari. I'm not sure I've quite figured it out yet and will definitely want to get it again. Thumbs up.

BrownNut, Aug 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

dbell23, Aug 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

CowboyRob, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

6string, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bigred89, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bpvarona, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

harrisjohnson, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

brez8791, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Salsais, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a Beligan tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloud orange-amber hue. Great white frothy head that last forever and leaves a big lace down the whole glass.

S: Spicy bitter nose with a flowery backbone.

T: Very bitter beginning – but mellowed out by the malt and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian Brew. Great complex flavors and aromas.

ckollias, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.