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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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4,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,333
Reviews: 2,114
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 206
Gots: 394 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tln13, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BeerBucks, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jisak74, Apr 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

RobertJBeer, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

FreshZ, Apr 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ortie, Apr 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

petluo, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Tarks, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

AlexM, Apr 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

paleoplant, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Aethien
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 21 dec 2011, best before 21 dec 2016.

Poured into a chalice, a hazy almost copper colour with a good off white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Flowery, grapes, a little tart and some citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel: Prickling carbonation and some citrus flavours followed by hoppy bitterness, yeast, grassy notes and ends spicy, a little tart and very dry. The beer gets smoother near the end as well.

Overall: It's a very well balanced and good beer. It's not spectacular it's just very good.
I may try aging one or more of my 4 pack to see how it changes.

Aethien, Apr 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Insanity55, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks gorgeous - ruby/pear with frothy dollops of off-white goodness. The first thing that I notice on the nose is some kind of white wine character - grapes, bitter fruits, etc. Plenty of hop presence with some estery goodness in there. Certainly is a unique tasting beer. Not quite as vibrant as I was hoping. The notes that build the aroma just aren't here on the palate. This one has a year on it, so I guess this beer might just be in an awkward phase because the look and smell suggest something greater and more pronounced. Perhaps my least favorite of the Trappists, which isn't saying much at all.

yamar68, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Caterwaul, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

jaidenjb, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

dgeebs07, Apr 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

SiflandOlly, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

decay_of_mind, Apr 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

SeanNaugs, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

PierceMyers, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from that funky bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Funky beer, funky bottle.

Marvelous appearance. Dark orange hazy color with that thick head that takes on the appearance of meringue in texture.

Smells of tart citrusy even lime. Can a beer smell dry.

Crisp, tart but not so much that it makes you pucker, just lick your lips and say yummy.

The most unique beer ever, simply a joy to behold and to drink.

ProudBeerSnob, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This particular bottle was cellared for three years post-bottling date. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Pours a nice bronze with a mild haziness. Half-finger white head forms with average visible carbonation.

S: Sweet malts, Belgian fruity yeast esters, some acetone and a bit of alcohol heat.

T: Sweet candied malt, caramel, fruity yeast esters (grapes and berries), a touch of funk, and finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is certainly noticeable, though it doesn't seem "hot".

O: Truly a quality old standby. However, despite reports I've read to the contrary, I don't think the extended cellaring did the beer any favors.

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1211th Review on BA
Bottle to Chimay Goblet

Bottled 6/10/2011

App- A very dark orange pour with a yellow bit around the edges and falls to the bottom. A gigantic two finger head that just stuck and didnt move.

Smell- Its a classic all right. Undeniable Belgian yeast with a good amount of musty cheesy funk but not overpowering. A bit earthy and damp as well.

Taste- Well its all over the place for me really but not clouded or muddled. Has a large damp citrus flavor and carries over a large chunk of yeasty grassy funk.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a fairly wet and juicy medium carbonation. Residual funk, earthy, dampness.

Drink- Truly a classic. A well rounded beer with large and balanced flavors.

FosterJM, Apr 10, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,333 ratings.