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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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4,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,174
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 327 | FT: 9
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of Schmidts


4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber from the bottle, with a large creamy tan head that stays through the last drop.
Smells of Lemon and grass. Tasty lemon floral hops and pepper a little sour and very creamy with a dry hop finish.
Very smooth in your mouth bready, a real winner of a Belgian Ale.
I give this one an overall of 5.0 it is world class in all points.

Thanks To Jason at Epps Beverage for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 22:09:30 | More by Schmidts
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-16-2012 17:31:53 | More by MrVonzipper
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-14-2012 22:56:24 | More by garyford
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-14-2012 13:06:31 | More by DavidP
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-13-2012 23:28:07 | More by AndyTaylor
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-12-2012 13:15:57 | More by shwami
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/22/10
Drank 2/11/12

My little Brooklyn local grocery store had this for $4.99! Alright! Never have tried it due to slightly costly typical retail.

A: Huge thick frothy head, world class head!

S: Pepper, a little sour funk, slight vinegar, lemonade

T: Gentle bready, unusual floral perfume middle, and dry bitter hoppy close. One of the more unique ales I've tried. Splendid! Slightly sour, a little peppery. Extreme and gentle at the same time, a work of art!

M: Delightful creamy full, but not too full, mouthfeel. Sort of heavenly drink here.

O: This is a fantastic beer, I have a new favorite Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:09:09 | More by Avantyawn
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-12-2012 02:25:27 | More by dreichus
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-12-2012 00:52:56 | More by cloeren13
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 11/13/2008, best by 2013. Pours hazy deep orange color with a huge foamy khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation. Aromas of big brett character: tart apple, wet hay, funk, cherry, pepper, lemon, grass, bread, and yeast spices. Awesome aromas here, the brett did a nice job over 3+ years. Great complexity. Taste of big biscuit, pepper, grass, citrus, lightly tart apple, light cherry, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of biscuit, pepper, light fruit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium boded; with a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable at 6.9% with no alcohol other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian pale. Incredibly complex and balanced after 3 years of age. I will definitely pick up a fresh bottling of this to compare how the Brett transforms it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:29:09 | More by superspak
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into an Orval glass. Deep amber/copper color. The nose is slightly vegetal, but has layers of complexity which keep one sniffing. Fresh mouthfeel with layers of subtle meyer lemon and dried herbs. A touch of honey on the finish. A favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 17:43:41 | More by Aml42000
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-10-2012 17:28:30 | More by C2H5
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-10-2012 02:42:21 | More by dgv0
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-09-2012 23:49:23 | More by Boz12
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Bottle 10.3.11 Best by 10.3.16

A: Pours a really pretty deep yellow orange color.  About a finger of white head.  Fades quickly. Some lacing flecks initially, but then sheets on the swirl.

S: There is a brightness to the smell.  Like lemon peel or orange zest.  I also detect some banana notes. Some bready biscuity malts are there.  Maybe some of that Brett is there buried.

T: Actually still have some hop presence on the tip of the tongue.  Fruity citrusy notes.  Then I get some of those biscuity malts.  There is some mild funkiness in the mid mouth but not like American Wilds.  I understand how this is a staple.  Very well balanced.  With a crisp dry close.  White wine like.  As it warms and I drink, I get more of that Brett character.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied.  Great carbonation.

O: A beer for a reason. Pretty darn delicious and spot on.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 11:25:27 | More by inlimbo77
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color with a slight orange hue and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of very fine and creamy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of very fluffy lacing around the glass
S: very nice hops notes, simply smells fresh, has a nice earthy undertone
T: smoooth, hits with the nice hop notes first then kicks in with a bit of earthy depth and a very slight what note then it finishes with dark fruit notes which linger on the palate for a long time afterwards
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling dry but still smooth, drinks thin
O: a pretty obviously high quality brew, apparently these "trappist" folks know what the hell theyre doing haha, not the best ive had for the style but its definitly top three, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:55:14 | More by BigPlay1824
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-08-2012 23:17:19 | More by Fitzmke
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-07-2012 23:41:26 | More by oldp0rt
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-07-2012 23:20:41 | More by gray23
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-07-2012 19:58:01 | More by stimblin
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 19:27:12 | More by jono311
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2012 11:10:16 | More by muusers
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 25/03/2010 best before 25/03/2015. Poured from bottle to NBB Globe. Pours a hazy golden amber with am impressive 3 finger white billowing head. Supreme retention and excellent lacing. Looks great. The aroma filled my office upon pouring, powerful sweet flavors and yeasty with a mix of floral hops, clove, apricot and banana. Very similar to the nose. Very balanced between the malty sweetness, yeasty fruitiness, and mild bitterness. Sharp and crisp. Perfect carbonation for the style. Overall, very good beer. Would happily pour another if I had one ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 20:53:41 | More by hopfacebrew
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice the head just explodes on this beer. I served mine at about 52F and it seems to be the near perfect temperature to experience the wonderful head. The appearance is a darkish orange with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the chalice. I did not observe any "floating" yeast. The scent is all apple and some dark fruit. This beer literally explodes on the tongue with the taste following the scent of apple and dark fruit, a bit of hops and bitterness and sweetness simultaneously. The carbonation is pronounced. I could easily drink this one as a session beer but for my taste it is too special to do so. One of the finest beers I have ever experienced.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 14:16:42 | More by Nuke77
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-05-2012 02:06:13 | More by TobinMitnick
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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