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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

4,271 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,271
Reviews: 2,107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 197
Gots: 371 | 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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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval beer chalice. Bottled on May 20, 2011. Best by the same day in 2016.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. The dense, bright white head is two fingers and lasts for the duration. Beautiful lacing. I am having a hard time finding any reason not to give this a 5, so I will.

S - Lemon peel, pepper, clove, and a tiny bit of vinegar-like funk. Some bready malt rounds out the smell and gives it a a little bit of richness.

T - The taste is spicy and earth-like with some lemon zest and Belgian yeast. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, but it leaves a strong astringent aftertaste that I am not enjoying. It improves as I drink more, but I am very sensitive to the chemical-astringent taste that is left behind.

M - Aggressive carbonation and a light feel. Leaves my mouth dry, yet refreshed.

O - I was impressed by the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor had all of the elements I was looking for, but there was an additional astringent aftertaste I was not pleased with. I was a little bit disappointed with this beer, especially at $5.99 for an 11 oz. bottle. I may try it again at some point to see if the aftertaste is typical or not.

04-05-2012 01:17:44 | More by NoLeafClover44
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-05-2012 00:59:51 | More by howard12
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle Date: 12/02/2011
Tasting Date: 1/5/2013

Beer pours crystal clear. A light amber color. Strong 2 finger head that is rocky and sticky.

Aroma is a little funky. Sweet, phenolic, a little bit of spice and pineapple. Nice Belgian yeast aromas.

Beer is crisp, slight funk at the finish with a little bit of tartness. A little bit of hops peaks through as the beer warms, as does some more funky flavors, nothing too harsh though.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A unique beer, crisp, light on hops, some complexity.

04-03-2012 16:42:40 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2012 22:28:47 | More by mikepcarney
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TomRB

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-02-2012 18:23:38 | More by TomRB
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C63AMG

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2012 15:12:59 | More by C63AMG
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Antnyd82

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-02-2012 04:29:34 | More by Antnyd82
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pastafarian

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-01-2012 22:52:55 | More by pastafarian
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gcgarcia

Brazil

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 22:40:57 | More by gcgarcia
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guitarsnbeer

New York

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

04-01-2012 18:05:00 | More by guitarsnbeer
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 14:20:49 | More by Dweedlebug
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 02:58:26 | More by raythealeman
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-01-2012 02:11:48 | More by Supergenious
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-01-2012 00:28:23 | More by Brushkanna
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KevdoggNasty


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-31-2012 22:43:56 | More by KevdoggNasty
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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-31-2012 20:34:23 | More by TheResidentialOP
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StoicBeast

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-31-2012 10:57:03 | More by StoicBeast
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DBosco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-31-2012 04:14:09 | More by DBosco
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Falynn

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-31-2012 03:27:20 | More by Falynn
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seanballs

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-31-2012 00:05:17 | More by seanballs
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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
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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