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Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

CowboyRob, Aug 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

6string, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bigred89, Aug 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bpvarona, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

harrisjohnson, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

brez8791, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Salsais, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a Beligan tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloud orange-amber hue. Great white frothy head that last forever and leaves a big lace down the whole glass.

S: Spicy bitter nose with a flowery backbone.

T: Very bitter beginning – but mellowed out by the malt and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian Brew. Great complex flavors and aromas.

ckollias, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Dwtucker90, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great and classy beer. 2010 bottling dates @ 6.9% abv.

A: medium amber ale with a thick head of fine bubbled tan foam that gently laced the glass as it receded

S: crisp, fresh, bright, and clean yeast and hop aromas

T: there is a nice woodsy flavor to this beer; dry hops and spring barley malts produce a very dry, elegant beer, with aromatic flavors and the inclusion of brettanomyces yeast infuses a very subtle huskiness to the taste

M: bitter and dry; smoothly coating, clean finish - extremely drinkable and pleasing

O: from one of the 8 trappist breweries in the world, the only beer they brew - when you try it, you will appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making this one of the very best pale Belgian ales.

Greywulfken, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Thaxton, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hilgart1, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 7/29/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy, burnt orange with some amber - starts with a big, fluffy, creamy head - leaves sheets of lacing, simply pretty to observe - keeps a great cap until the end

Smell: In a word, unique - Belgian yeast, with some spiciness - flower petals and some herbal notes - some light citrus, and some light fruits - dry white wine and some phenols

Taste: Weird, in a good way - flowers, white wine, pale malts, Belgian yeast, pepper, and some clean funk - remarkably dry - moderately bitter, in an oddly phenolic way - some light, fruity esters in here as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, unbelievably dry - epic-level dryness

Overall: I don't know what I'm drinking, but I like it

I drank Orval roughly 4 years ago, and it stuck in my mind as being particularly interesting. Now, I am reaching the realization that this is even more complex than I once thought. This does not really taste like a Belgian Pale Ale. Yes, it has pale ale malts, but it's also very flowery, had some sour/funk notes, and kind of tastes like a white wine. Bonus points for uniqueness.

angrybabboon, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pshkwa, Jul 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

evavro, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

GoGators, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

sanford_and_son, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rodlavers, Jul 23, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drawn to this bottle for some reason. Bready boozy smell at outset. Cider-like color with thick lacing. The best part of this brew for me is the complexity. At first taste I do sense the yeast, the astringency is there as others will agree here. I may seem off a bit in this but vinegar comes to mind as a mouth sensation, if you can somehow picture that in a good way. I guess there is an odd abrasiveness that somehow "works". Yes it is quite dry, however I can't help, and can hardly believe, that I also detect fruit or fig in the taste. As I mentioned, this is all about complexity. The mouthfeel for me is most abrasive up front, but it is up front where i also smell the fruit-like bouquet as I am tasting it. For some reason and I can't pinpoint exactly how, but this is very drinkable for a beer with such a distinct character. Spices are picked up too. Unusual. I guess the reason i think Orval is so good despite some unusual characteristics is due to the expertise in the brewery of using their "brettanomyces" yeasts the way they do. Apparently in most beers these yeasts are considered contaminants. With that it's no wonder I also favor saisons. All good here.

TBoneJones, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

NateD, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ale207, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Blissmo, Jul 21, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,494 ratings.