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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jlogan7, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pichon, May 29, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark orange and amber in color with a huge, incredibly persistent off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines and rings and webs of lacing down the glass. Superb.

Incredibly fresh, pungent, hoppy, and funky aroma, even after 2+ years of aging in my cellar. There's lots of citrus, white fruits like apples and pears, mild funk, earth, hay, and grass. This is what I look for in a Belgian pale.

The flavor is more bitter and funk-forward than I would have imagined after experiencing the aroma. There's still good amounts of white fruit, earthiness, and grass flavors, but the bitterness and funk are dominant. Mind you, I'm not complaining.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I wouldn't say "No" to another, that's for sure. This is delightful.

ehammond1, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

tlake38, May 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

theminutemen, May 27, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

s4s, May 26, 2012
Photo of SiccarPoint
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review... here goes!

bottle, served in a tulip, bottled 06/10/11.

A - Dark pale, coppery, rusty. Quite cloudy. Not what I was expecting, but... intriguing. Monster, slightly off-white head with some big, big bubbles forming.Leaves a nice lacing. Pleasing stringers of tiny bubbles abound.

S - Suprisingly unfragrant, but what there is is nice. Orange citrus, spicy/peppery, subtle notes of Brett on the the first sniff - "wet hay" - but not much after. Hadn't realised this was going to be a bit sour - nice surprise!

T - Whoa! Again, another surprise. Was expecting malt from the colour, but dominant impression is "structural" - bitter, hoppy, very, very dry, slightly yeasty, slightly sour. Very little fruit. Mineral, flinty character, almost like a chablis. Front edge is all bitterness, with the mouthfeel (if not flavour) of banana-y esters, easing out into very light citrus zest, then a long tail of... all sorts. Definite notes of bitter leafy greens - rocket, dandelion. Bitter hops. Woody deliciousness, with a hint of oak. Peppery. Gets gradually sweeter. For a fairly strong beer though, surprisingly thin/watery. Flavours are great, but quite subtle. First thought was "What the...?", but a few mouthfuls later, was fantastic.

M - Nice. Very light, high carb. Almost champagne-like. Perhaps a little watery.

O - Very unusual; very nice. Not one for the regular circulation, but definitely a must try.

SiccarPoint, May 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Tumble, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Kam, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

tedho21, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of Beelzebeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, served in a chimay goblet, bottled on June 8, 2010.

A - Darker side of pale with 1.5" robust, frothy head

S - Bitter hops, mixed with the slightly sour scent of brett. Very appetizing.

T - A very pleasant bitter mixed with a slight yeast comes in just before the carbonation. The carbonation and taste are tasted at the same time, even though the carbonation level is high. Quite delightful. Barnyard funk comes in afterward with dandelion. Unusual, but delicious.

M - Good amount of carbonation, exemplary representation of the style.

Wow. What a delight. One of my favorite pale ales for sure. Got another couple in the cupboard. Ill let them age a bit, see how they mature.

Beelzebeer, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

brewblues82, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

leansean88, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DougT, May 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

let8it8grow, May 18, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass - bottled 6/10/11, almost a year old

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head. active carbonation throughout the beer.

S: A mixture of citrus and brett funk work very well together. This beer smells quite dry but I get a good amount of lemon and grapefruit from the yeast. Very nice.

T: Bitter and dry, I get some brett funkiness in the way of wet hay, but do not get any of the citrus that I got in the aroma. I was expecting a bit more citrus and juiciness, though I knew it would be very dry. I do get some bready malts behind the bitterness and funk, but little to no sweetness.

M: Very light with very high prickly carbonation.

O: I remember this being better on previous occasions. The aroma was a very nice mixture of citrus and funkiness, but the flavor didn't quite pack the intensity I was expecting from the aroma. Decent nonetheless.

coreyfmcdonald, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jbowes, May 17, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,333 ratings.