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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

4,260 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,260
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 363 | 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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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
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-18-2012 04:06:56 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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DCon

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%

Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. Bottle of this @ The Royale in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured from the oddly shaped bottle w/ a small Purple/Gold label into a 12oz Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 10/02/2011 & BEST BEFORE 10/02/2016 on the front label.

Aroma- A nicely planned aroma including fruity, bready, and funk attributes throughout. Sweet to the nose as well.

03-18-2012 02:52:19 | More by DCon
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RollinHand

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2012 04:19:03 | More by RollinHand
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bbrochu

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-17-2012 03:59:24 | More by bbrochu
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Jimbolikesbeer


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-17-2012 02:40:07 | More by Jimbolikesbeer
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-16-2012 01:23:56 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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leokbelo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-14-2012 01:33:17 | More by leokbelo
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askeladden


5/5  rDev +19%

03-13-2012 21:10:22 | More by askeladden
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druptight

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-13-2012 19:07:07 | More by druptight
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Metal4Breakfast

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-13-2012 11:21:22 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a small bottle dated 5/20/2011 into a Chimay chalice. The beer has a beautiful clear copper-orange color with a large frothy head and nice effervescence. The nose is somewhat subdued, yeasty, and slightly fruity. I'm getting pears, apples, and some flowery hop notes. I don't get any Brett notes on the nose.

The taste is quite dry and appetizing and the mouthfeel is firm and lively from the carbonation, especially at the back of the mouth. There is a mild biscuity malt flavor in the front of the palate. This is followed by a nice soft champagne-like dryness at mid-palate. There is a very faint, almost lemony, Brett sourness in the back of the mouth. The finish is mild and a bit disappointing. For me, those sour notes just don't linger very well.

This beer has an interesting combination of appetizing dryness and slight, acidic sourness. The sourness is not biting, but rather just a bit of a pinch to add to the finish and let you know it's there. This is far from my favorite beer, but it is a world classic and something for beer lovers to revisit from time to time.

03-13-2012 10:05:01 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-12-2012 21:18:56 | More by Archemedies
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gos42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-12-2012 01:34:25 | More by gos42
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TAXODRIVER


5/5  rDev +19%

03-11-2012 01:51:18 | More by TAXODRIVER
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Dunns1027

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2012 01:26:36 | More by Dunns1027
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

03-10-2012 21:35:08 | More by sludgegnome
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,260 ratings.