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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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4,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,494
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 218
Gots: 443 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Douberd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ABV 6,2%
I got this beer at my local liquor store without knowing anything about it. It was just another option among all the other beers on the shelf. After coming home though and reading all those positive reviews, I was looking forward to drinking it. Instead, for a bunch of reasons, it stayed in my fridge till now.
A uniquely shaped bottle of 330 ml, with just one small, modest label mentioning the beer's name and other info, around the neck of the bottle. Poured into a chalice, after letting it warm up a little bit, since it has a recommended drinking temperature of 12°-14° C. Dark amber coloured, with a two finger head, white in colour, with some yelow spots every here and there.. Foam is thick in texture. Quite a few bubbles rising to the surface. Head has an average retention.Once most of it is gone, a thick enough part stays behindand covers the surface.
Aroma was quite complex when I sniffed it the moment I opened the bottle, with the most obvious smell being a fig aroma.. After smelling it from the glass, I sense plums, pears, some light caramel aromaand maybe some old redgrapes. Great aroma.
Taste is great too, somehow in the middle between fruity sweet and hoppy bitter, with the scale turning on the bitterness' side when it comes to the aftertaste. It's very difficult to name some flavours exactly. There are fruity flavours, some clove too. Now I perceive some white wine flavour and some spices too. This beer is so complex, to the point you get another flavour with every sip. Alcohol very well concealed.
Full body with average carbonation, a bit tart on the palate.
Overall, a fantastic beer. Its complexity makes for a great sipping beer. Those monks are doing a great job at their brewery.

Douberd, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Beer21, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

redblacks75, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cwd, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Nutwood, Sep 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

JeffreyJDavis, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Odri, Sep 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

EclipzHorizn, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: There really isnt much to the smell of this beer other than a slight bit of funk, some grain and alcohol.

T: The first thing I get is the strong grain flavor, but then it turns into a yeasty flavor... As the beer lingers I start to get a nice sweetness and even a little sugar type flavor. There really isnt much, but a little goes a long way with this beer.

M: There is a nice crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tonuge. It has a nice full body and makes the beer feel thick as it goes down.

O: This is a very nice beer. I wouldnt say its one of the best in the world, but it is very tasty.

gtermi, Sep 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

mcheng, Sep 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Dalidemon, Sep 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Garlicjosh, Sep 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mfgreene, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

kspongeworthy, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

WilstonOreo, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of drzig
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.
A- golden color with very thick head. The head was impressive
S- Not much to smell but hints of fruit
T- autumn fruit flavored
M- Crisp, carbonated taste, not as smooth as I like most belgians with a little too much carbonation.
O- I typically like Trappist Ales, especially Pale Ales, but this one didn't make me want to order another. Still better than the average beer.

drzig, Sep 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rydev24, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

spacemonkeysoda, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mungus, Sep 04, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,494 ratings.