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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

n00blar, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of PHSCAPT
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours an unclarified dark honey with a two inch creamy persistent head. Smell is a soury lemon that dissipates afer a few minutes. Predominant taste is that of hoppy bitterness. Mild carbonation that makes this ale go down easily. Pale ales not my thing and this reminds me of why.

PHSCAPT, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of LiquidPoem
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had always seen this beer on the shelf and never thought much of it. Small. Humble. (Expensive.) Sometimes dusty...

Well today I decided to pick one up.
Brewed 7/10/2010 [ BB 7/10/2015 ]

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange amber with a huge light tan head that hangs out forever. Giant bubbles. I actually put my ear up to the head and the sound was amazing; snap! crackle! pop! at such intense levels. Wow...

S: A lot of banana and sweet cinnamon blended with tartness. Some pine.

T: Very bready but also extremely tart. Almost like a bitter apple pie but not nearly as sweet.

M: Very light and bubbly on the tongue. Smooths over leaving a light film of flavor. Not overly carbonated. Goes down making you want more.

This beer was amazing. I'm sitting here looking at my last sips wondering when I'll pick up another. I think because of the age of this beer it may be more sour making it all the more enjoyable. I'd certainly like to try a fresh one but for now I am ok with small, humble and sometimes dusty (but not expensive).

LiquidPoem, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bigjohnn, Sep 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

D2Dodds, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

NateMac13, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of mschind
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- This bottle is good until 6-2016. Been sitting here for 10 minutes waiting for the two inch meringue like mocha colored head to dissipate and it shows no sign of doing so. Clear dark gold with amber tints and a big cloud of bubbles. The foam is very sticky and really coats the glass. (tulip)

S- Floral and fruit with mild hops and light malt and the unique scent of the Belgian yeast strain.

T- The taste is drier than the nose would suggest. Starts faintly sweet with pear like notes whiich quickly shifts to a slightly bitter middle and then some yeast before a balanced but dry finish.

M- Clean, medium light body with some warm alcohol at the back.

O- Perhaps the best Belgian pale on the market.

mschind, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

wdarcy77, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

fiveiron, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of afrokaze
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/18/2011, poured into a dessert wine glass because it's the most suitable choice my parents have around the house.

Pours a pale cloudy gold/orange with crazy carbonation swirling in the glass and a huge rocky dense head that sticks around forever with good lacing.

Aroma is interesting, tons of straight brett funk that's clean and not too musty, slight peach/green apple citrus, flowers, metallic notes, clove, peppercorns, some banana.

Green apple tart up front leads to clean soft malt, clove, light citrus/green apple, ripe pears, hay, some spicy hops and a pronounced dry mineral finish. So complex I can't even really describe, you just sip and peel away layers of flavor. Alcohol is almost nonexistant

Mouthfeel is tight and prickly, but smooths out in the finish. Dry but has just enough sweetness in the end to keep it from being overly tannic. Sits on the palate for a long time but isn't cloying, lets you really sift through the flavors.

A beautiful and crazy beer, I can see why so many rave about it. Really nothing else like it, super complex and light enough to be refreshing but really satisfying to sip and admire. This is gonna be an obsession!

afrokaze, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

CoverMePorkins, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of mttdls
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

mttdls, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of blatantdream
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting fact: Uses 3 type of yeast and is the only Trappist brewery to do a Pale Ale style.

Light amber in color. Cloudy with a creamy light head.

The aroma is very yeasty with distinctive floral and spiced characteristics.

Unique soft malty flavors with slight spices and moderate lingering hop characters rounding out the taste.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation lends to a balance mouthfeel.

Overall good welcomed differentiation from other Trappist beers. Unique but very balanced and clean tasting.

blatantdream, Sep 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Melomanemusher, Sep 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

thebouch01, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

AJSweeney, Sep 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

ONIr, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DimWit, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

runner_conor, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

kgmm77, Sep 16, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,494 ratings.