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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,115 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,115
Reviews: 2,098
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 174
Gots: 309 | FT: 10
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-03-2014 23:42:45 | More by bkwhoppa66
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a massive, soapy head (even with a careful pour). Lacing is distinct and well-represented as the head fades.

S - Scent is grassy with a good dose of the funky "horse blanket" smell. Presents some slightly sweet caramel malt flavor as well.

T - Starts with a bit of caramel sweetness, then quickly dries and becomes pleasantly funky. A great balance of horse blanket funk and traditional sweet malt with some bitterness at the finish. A bit of scotch-esque alcohol near the finish rounds out this classic beer.

M - Medium bodied, starts smooth but becomes tacky and chalky over the course of a sip. Finish remains chalky with some dryness.

D - Flavor stays interesting and tasty throughout, with a not too intimidating amount of alcohol. A classic Belgian ale for a reason, as well as a great entry into funky, wild-yeast beers. A beer everyone needs to check off their list at some point.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:33:37 | More by gmcfarre
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chickencoop

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Talk about hype, this seems to be the goto belgian beer that guys that don't drink a lot, love saying it's one of their fav's. I've had this before, but never reviewed it, so this is what I got.
A: Deep amber color, thick off white head.
S: Big tart and tangy, with some funky notes on the end.
T: Big bitterness, balanced with some dank musty flavors in the mix.
M: Big bubbly carbonation, i guess typical of the style.
D: Style benchmark, and this is a very good beer, but overall not an everyday belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 04:44:05 | More by chickencoop
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a thick and heavy brown bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber/golden color. A nice creamy one and a half finger foam head retained well, and slowly receded to a frothy off white cap. Left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with phenols of clove, apricot and banana. Some slight floral hops underneath.

Taste: A great yeasty profile with the perfect amount of malts and hops to balance. Sweet and fruity, but just a hint of hops bitters and malt richness to balance it all out. A really fantastic tasting Belgian Pale Ale.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with just the right carbonation for the style.

Overall: An excellent Belgian Pale ale for sessions. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting and would enjoy every drop. Another outstanding trappist ale! A new favorite!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:24:17 | More by ChopperSmith
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2011 21:15:37 | More by adrian21
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-18-2012 02:18:28 | More by let8it8grow
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crownrl28

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-30-2012 23:26:08 | More by crownrl28
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darcange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-30-2012 01:29:01 | More by darcange
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MrNate

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-29-2013 15:16:52 | More by MrNate
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before August of 2009. Pours with lots of foam, some lacing. The body is orange. Nose contains barnyard characteristics, along with some dry fruitiness. Hop aroma is complex.

Taste is dry, light, and complex. Initial fruit becomes extremely dry, giving way to dirty barnyard flavors. Some lemon. Fruit returns intermittently. Some hops are noted in the dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is full while it lasts, sterile slightly bitter finish. Plenty drinkable, I must cellar some of these for several years.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 06:08:14 | More by Sephiroth
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The production date says 15.09. 2009 so the beer is quite fresh one.
Hazy light amber-orange. Thick solid ivory head leaving patches and bands of thick lace on the glass walls as the crown retreats. In its own brand glass Orval looks imperial and the crown never fades completely, leaving a solid cap.

Floral with traces of honey, fresh cut hay, lemony esters and juniper.

Herbal one with evident juniper and lemon rind touch. A constant search of balance between bitter and sour is always leaning on a bitter side till it ends with hoppy bitterness accompanied by dry finish. I wonder how this biter-sour game will evolve with aging.

High carbonation produces bubbly sensation yet the beer remains somewhat creamy. Light medium bodied.

A particular brew that you'll never get tired of.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 20:10:19 | More by crnipeter
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Karmeleit tulip (man chalice):

Pours a dusky, hazy orange with an insane amount of head with fantastic retention. Smells of funky citrus and flowers, lots of yeast backing it up. Seriously elegant and floral.

Taste centers on malts with a good kick of bready yeast, orange blossom, and dried nectarines. A tad sour but only faintly so.

Texture is rich and layered without being heavy or overly alcoholic. Fine balance of astringency with the sweetness, though light on both. Really well delineated.

Overall one of the best trappist ales out there. And my personal favorite trappist brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:36:26 | More by cbarrett4
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afrokaze

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 04:41:39 | More by afrokaze
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge amounts of carmel centered head atop a beautiful dark orange liquid, nice and hazy. Head keeps growing and will not go away, slightly annoying.

Yeast and mandarin orange fill the nose, also smell brett and chalk

Brett for sure but no sourness which should accompany the bug, orange flintsones multi vitamin, chalky malts. I expected this flavor profile to be huge and intense yet it denies that experience and gives a more subtle approach.

Mouthfeel is foamy and light bodied, very carbonated

Overall it is a good beer. Not a great one. Frankly I am disappointed, but thats what I get by expecting the stars from every trappist brew I taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:37:17 | More by JoeAmerican77
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jono0101

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-24-2013 17:37:47 | More by jono0101
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-07-2012 06:22:44 | More by towlea25
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-31-2013 03:08:10 | More by mmmaaattt
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Devman171

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-17-2014 18:14:03 | More by Devman171
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-09-2013 15:53:20 | More by Brewer1980
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TooGood

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-15-2014 15:38:46 | More by TooGood
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palma

New York

2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light copper body with a large rocky off-white head.
Aroma is sweet malt. Spicy with clove and cinnamon standing out. A phenolic band-aid like aroma cannot be missed.
Taste is tart and bitter upfront. Phenolic flavors are present throughout. A rubber-like flavor which is not enticing. A nice peppery spiciness towards the end. Finishes dry and clean.
Light bubbly carbonation.
Medicine-like phenols were very persistent in the aroma and taste of this brew. A little too much for my liking. I could barely finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 02:44:34 | More by palma
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis.

Poured into a snifter glass, this beer was dark amber and had a nice creamy layer of foam which floated on top of the beer and refreshed itself everytime I swirled the glass.

Slight bubblegum, slight yeast aroma. Not as strong as other Belgian ales I've had, but definitely a Belgian aroma.

Taste was surprisingly dry, with a bit of bubblegum flavor in the background. This beer was quite unique, somewhere between a saison and a Duval, but defitely unique. Slightly bitter.

Moderate carbonation with a clean, crisp finish.

Overall, a unique brew but not my favorite Belgian ale. And at $6-7 per bottle in the store and $10 at the restaurant, it is quite pricey. I won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 04:08:48 | More by doppelmeup
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a huge off white head that just sticks around forever. Beer is a hazy brown color.

Smell- Spicy and sweet smelling, this beer has a great deal going on in the nose!

Taste- Really complex flavor profile, beer is light but with lots of potent flavor profiles. Not terribly sweet, but with some hoppy bitterness and just a touch of tartness.

Mouthfeel- Really fills out the mouth, leaves a great taste on the mouth but a bit grainy.

Drinkability- This beer would be so good with some cheese and a meal, one of the better beers for pairing.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:48:58 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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erz316

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fl oz, Duvel tulip.

A - a very frothy beverage we have here, I could not finish pouring the whole of the bottle, only about 1/8 left though, so not so bad. a dark amber color with a medium opacity, bubbles emanating from the bottom, and a big head that settles down to a more manageable size.

S - now I know I'm going to sound a bit fruity (no pun intended), but the beer actually smells like a mulled apple cider. scouts honor; and a damn good one at that! the spice is complex and right on the same level with the apple smell, and lingering in the background is the faint smell of booze.

T - the first thing I wish to comment on is the dryness of the alcohol. the quality is like that of a brut champagne, that makes you slow down, sip, and respect the drink. my cheeks pinch a bit at the bitter dryness and I love it. now, not to be unnoticed is the spiciness of the brew, like a really dulled down sailor jerry's or captain morgan, the same type of spices, I am unfamiliar, so please forgive me. the apple scent is still there in the taste, which makes it seem like a cider more than a beer to some degree, if anyone has tried S. Smith's organic cider, than they shall know of what I speak. but what keeps this from tasting like a cider is the hops bite and the zestyness of lemon that hits the tongue and reminds me that, indeed, this is one hell of a beer.

MF&D - smooth, crisp, the carbonation is great and makes me want another sip. feels like a good medium body beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:25:21 | More by erz316
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-05-2012 00:21:37 | More by harrisjohnson
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,115 ratings.