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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

4,276 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,276
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 197
Gots: 374 | 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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adamcthomp

Spain

5/5  rDev +19%

03-30-2012 16:48:52 | More by adamcthomp
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julian89

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured from bottle into Belgian goblet.
Appearance: Beautiful golden amber, great flow, 1/4" head with no lacing.
Smell: Light malt sweetness, strong pear smell with weak citrus notes. Maybe a little white grape as well.
Mouthfeel: Quite frothy and very light. I was expecting a thicker viscosity.
Taste: Pretty good, not the best Trappist as of yet. Yeasty flavor, citrus, pear, grape, and light alcohol.
Overall: Decent light Belgium. The carbonation takes away from the taste and feel.

03-29-2012 17:56:28 | More by julian89
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gleemonger

California

5/5  rDev +19%

03-29-2012 02:15:27 | More by gleemonger
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DexterP236


4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-29-2012 02:04:35 | More by DexterP236
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msgraceffa


5/5  rDev +19%

03-29-2012 01:10:56 | More by msgraceffa
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-28-2012 23:43:57 | More by beerhorn12
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Bergysmalls


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-28-2012 17:06:21 | More by Bergysmalls
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brewbaker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-28-2012 01:02:07 | More by brewbaker
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-28-2012 00:05:27 | More by polishkaz
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Pours a deep orange with a solid two fingers of white head and excellent retention
S: Smells slightly sour with a bit of citrus, some funk, and an underlying sweetness
T: starts with a slight tartness , which subsides to some fruitiness and sweet malt flavors, a little bit of funk and grassiness as well as some dark fruit toward the end. aftertaste is some spicy yeast character and a little funk.
M: a bit thin with slightly prickly carbonation. sits well on the palate though
O: A very fine beer and one to try if you like belgians. this one has a lot of complexity going on as well so it's something to sip and enjoy.

03-27-2012 04:17:18 | More by SHODriver
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

2.35/5  rDev -44%

There is a lot of talk about Trappist beers. It’s a cool concept… beers that are made by monks, within a monastery that produce $0 in profit. All of the money made either goes back into the brewery/monastery or is donated to charity. Now that is what I like to call drinking for a purpose! It’s just funny to me to think that monks made this. Seems wrong. Oh well, I have heard great things about this beer… so let’s see. It is the only beer this brewery makes, so it better be tasty!

In the Glass: There were a TON of bubbles when I poured it into the glass, but it quickly settled. It has a crisp, clean, and carbonated look to it in the glass. It is compared to a champagne-like carbonation, so I will try to keep an open mind here as I try this famous beer.

Nose: It doesn’t smell like beer, that’s for sure. It smells like flowers. No, I’m serious… smell this and tell me you don’t get a big nose full of flowers. It also has a somewhat dry sweetness to it too… I wonder what she tastes likes.

Flavor: Those bubbles are NOT on the tongue, that’s for sure. There is a sublet bitterness at the start, that leads to a dry finish and then the hops sort of kick in toward the middle back half of the palate. Then it’s gone. Not sure what the fuss is about here… this beer is just OK.

Mouthfeel: When I poured it, there were tons of bubbles. I assumed there would be a ton on the tongue. There weren’t. I am not saying that is a bad thing. It doesn’t really taste like beer, either. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, then dry as it quickly disappears on the back of the tongue.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There really isn’t one. All of the flavor happens in the middle as you swallow, then it’s gone. The burp is pretty weak too. Come on monks… you can do better than this! The bottle is cool… saddle, the best part of this beer. That, and the history behind it. Past that, skip it. There are better beers out there.

Orval - The bottle says: “SOLE IMPORTERS OF MERCHANT DU VIN CORP. TUKWILA, WA”

03-27-2012 03:48:49 | More by rickyleepotts
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Morningstorm

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-25-2012 20:39:38 | More by Morningstorm
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intensify

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

First time tasting this popular brew.
Poured into Orval's signature glass, the Orval Goblet. Clean, clear anf fizzy body with a small head. Smells of caramel, raisins, honey,biscuity and a small presence of maltyness and a kiss of hops. On the taste the aroma's really stand out individualy. First, starts off with the sweetness of the raisins and honey. Mid-way the biscuit and breadyness really kicks you in the face! Finishes with the biterness of the small hops present and a touch of plums. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation for this style, imo.
Very tasty and unique from the other Trappist products. Impressed? Yes. Thrilled? Probably not. Next time I will enjoy in a tulip to capture all the aromas.

03-25-2012 05:55:14 | More by intensify
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-24-2012 18:07:16 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 22/04/2010. Best before 22/04/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very hazy brownish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge six finger off white head that almost climbs out of the tulip. Head slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a lot of lace.

Smell: Funky Belgian yeast with a huge aroma of tropical citrus fruits that really jumps out. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange, and grapefruit. Also some hints of banana, apple, pear, and dark plums and raisins. Some noticeable candied sugar and a mild presence of earthy hops. The complex fruits really stand out.

Taste: Like the smell, a big complex mix of fruits with yeast and some hops. A good amount of Belgian yeast adds some balancing spice. Among the big taste of fruit are notes of banana, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, lemon, apple, pear, sugar, and some subtle dark raisin and plum. Hints of earthy hops in the background. A very complex and great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Chewy and prickly. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: An amazing ale. A great and tasty mix of fruits with just enough spice and hops to keep things in check.

03-24-2012 05:56:56 | More by MattyG85
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Zaso

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-24-2012 04:30:24 | More by Zaso
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled 10/02/2011 and poured into chalice.

Pours a 1.5 finger white with a yellowish tint head. Lots and lots of bubbles work their way through the glass. Can’t see through the hazy orange/amber color of the body.

Earth, grass, and citrus in the nose. It is fairly aromatic as you can smell it as you pour.

Slightest hop bitterness with a citrus and grass flavor for the most part. More bready at the back end. There is a medicinal quality which I have never really noticed before this bottle. Lots of carbonation and dry.

This beer is flat out amazing. I love it. I’m biased. Whatever.

03-22-2012 04:51:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
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tmcd02

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

03-22-2012 00:31:17 | More by tmcd02
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zonker17

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-21-2012 23:52:17 | More by zonker17
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-21-2012 02:12:28 | More by szmnnl99
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bastu

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-20-2012 03:30:23 | More by bastu
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kja157

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

03-19-2012 21:27:53 | More by kja157
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-19-2012 03:04:53 | More by Chugs13
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DaveONan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-18-2012 21:52:47 | More by DaveONan
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2012 05:09:58 | More by iL0VEbeer
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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