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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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4,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,184
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 189
Gots: 331 | FT: 9
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.

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

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2014 16:13:55 | More by nodder
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-27-2014 13:14:31 | More by alexm1309
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong and wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 17:06:50 | More by AaronRed
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge, dense tan head that slowly faded to an island of foam in the middle of the chalice. Nose is earthy, grassy, really quite hard to describe, but I didn't find any off putting aromas in the smell. Color is a murky amber not unlike a darker hefeweizen. Taste starts with a slightly sour note but then turns into a hoppy, dry finish. There are other Belgians I prefer, but this is a damn good beer. A bit expensive at $6 for a 11.2 oz bottle. Because of the price, I would probably not buy it very often if at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 06:12:22 | More by LarryV
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl skittle shaped bottle with a bottling date of either October 2nd or February 10th 2003. ( I can never figure out the european dating) Pours a vibrant light orange with a huge barely off white head. The head doesnt seem to stick around as other belgians. The aroma is of Hops with a bit of candy and well that typical barn scent. This one has more horseblanket, barn scent than most, perhaps because it is so young. The taste is almost pale aleish. Very hoppy at first, then it gives way to a bit of candied fruit. Not very complex at this age. I will have to get a couple to see how they turn out. The carbonation is high, but the mouthfeel is still nice. I think the carbonation helps cleans the tongue and this would be good with some fatty foods esp with the high hops at this age. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden. I will have to get a couple of these to age as I feel once they round out some more of the character will come out of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 15:40:55 | More by TinusTime
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy orange.Thick creamy head that left good lace.Smells of earthy sweet malt, citrus and spices. Oranges, tangerines and a bit of grapefruit sweetened with some clover honey. Hints of heather and lavender. Very perfumey.
I've seen beers described as barnyard before but never picked up on that until I tasted this. It's certainly that, with almost a leathery tinge. Gives way to the sour fruits and a mild hop bitterness. Finishes crisp, dry and long. Didn't quite deliver on the promise of the aroma but interesting nonetheless.
Seemed a little thin and overcarbonated. Decent drinkability.
Haven't made up my mind on whether I like that "barnyard" character yet. This is definitly an unique beer and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 01:19:01 | More by rkhaze
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last Trappist ales for me to try, I thought the hops were going to be too much - thus the wait.

Poured into a tulip:

The head was strong and sustainable - beautiful creamy head.

Very aromatic - hits you right away as soon as you open up the bottle.

High carbonation and a medium body - hop taste was less than I feared (which is a good thing for this malt head).

Dare I say a session ale? Nah - too expensive and the abv is too much to be a session...but a fine brew nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 06:02:15 | More by ScreamForMe
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle - poured into a snifter.

Beautifully pours a hazy red-orange color with tons of bubbling action emerging throughout the glass. A thick, pillowy and foamy white head sits a top the ale and just stays stationary. No dissipation whatsoever after the initial pour. Reminds me of the Duvel, so lovely. The lacing is fantastic as well - huge clouds of bubbles sticking to the glass. The smell is Belgian yeast, lemon zest, green apple tartness and a touch of pear. Very fruity in scent with just a tad bit of sour funkiness.

Wow, the taste is full of fresh apples and subtle hints of lemon. Very light and refreshing actually. Great balance of sweet and sour. Not so much of a bready taste to the brew, which was a bit surprising, but not essential to its flavor. I can discern a slight Brett funk - not as potent as a gueuze or lambic - and a bit of dryness and tartness towards the aftertaste. This tastes more like a mini gueuze, rather than a pale ale, as there was no discernible hop bitterness.

Very light-bodied and generously carbonated. Crisp and clean the whole way through. Easily drinkable and quite tasty. A great refreshing Trappist brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 04:34:04 | More by infi
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a Duvel chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, the bottled on date, and a drink by date,

A: Cloudy burnished gold and orange with a very thick, white head that looks like a milkshake.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, funky yeast, and sugar.

T: Delicious toasty malt backed by a strong yet elegant back bone of hoppy grapefruit and pine (there is also a slight bubblegum). The finish has nice hops, but it does not overdue it.

M: Medium and dry with a nice zing of carbonation.

O: Sometimes I feel like people in America assume that since a beer is from Belgium it must be good. There is no mistaking Orval; it is very good. The beer is balanced and elegant, and it easy blends a higher alcohol percentage. Lovely flavors continue to develop as the beer warms. It truly is a a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:12:59 | More by ianjsullivan
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2012 20:58:11 | More by tln13
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Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What is there to be said?
Served in a chimay chalise, golden ale with nice fluffy head and sexy lacing. Brett and hop aroma some aromas of wild flowers seems to come about, same 2 elements (brett and hops) take the front row seat in flavor as well. Carbonation is prickly and makes you want to take another gulp... if this came in huge 3L, bombers I'd not work for I'd drink all day for shure.

Soooo... basicaly a very good trappist ale, more of these please!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 06:42:22 | More by bloberglawp
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After buying a TON of helios for a trade, I figured I'd revisit another 100% brett beer. Bottled on April 22, 2010

Pours a clear amber color with a beautiful off white head and tiny bubbles. Nice lacing as well.

Smells of a tinge of caramel sweetness, bread, some funk, spice, and herbs.

Taste opens with a bit of sweetness then moves into a funk and herbal taste. Finishes dry but lingering.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, just what I've been craving for some reason.

Overall, its really a good beer. I'm gonna age them more. This is a beer that shouldn't be taken for granted.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:36:00 | More by bs870621345
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/02/2011

Appearance - An extremely rich pour that boasts a luscious soapy head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving behind a half finger of creamy residue. Drowned in opaqueness, this caramelized brown and yellow Trappist ale appears fresh and sweet. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog Snifter, carbonation hugs the waist of the glass and curls upwards rapidly. Perhaps some of the strongest lacing I've ever seen; like honey coating a honeycomb.

Smell - A bit of a Belgian yeast funk to the nose. A string of fruity chords; primarily cherries, melons, and faint raspberries. Light and pleasing to the senses, but nothing extravagant.

Taste - Exceptionally smooth. Light cherries and strawberries reward the swallow. Fuzzy, appropriate, under-powered ethanol coats over the tongue like a warm cotton blanket. A bit of a sweet candy taste linger on the roof of the mouth; almost like de-soured Smarties. There is a lot of complexity in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Delightful as it coats the palate. Smooth, balanced, refreshing; everything this ale should be. Spritzes the tongue with fresh fruits and a drop of ethanol. Medium-bodied. One really feels classy drinking this ale. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:44:48 | More by Jesse13713
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

06-07-2014 21:47:33 | More by zapahoppa
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-10-2013 19:47:20 | More by byronic
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-24-2014 04:32:34 | More by Tafyob41
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-27-2014 15:02:07 | More by GatorLCA
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-29-2013 15:16:52 | More by MrNate
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-02-2012 04:29:34 | More by Antnyd82
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Russian Federation

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now 6.2% ABV.
Pours murky amber-brown beer with huge resistant golden head. Aroma of fruits and flowers: apricots, gueuze notes (i.e. horse sweat), pine resin and more. Awesome! Magnificent dry & rather bitter (belgian IPA?) taste. Yeasts and herbal hop. Warmth & bitterness, bitterness & warmth. Outstanding specimen.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 20:33:58 | More by Dentist666
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle

Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive white foamy head. The nose is sweet light fruits, bready malt, faint hops. Taste is familiar to a pale ale; a very grainy taste of wheat, well rounded malt backbone. A stand out for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. Great tasting and ease of drinkability being high makes this a well made beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 19:01:20 | More by heebes
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-30-2012 23:26:08 | More by crownrl28
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District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle flown over from Paris by my lovely girfriend.
Bottled on 11/29/05, from 33cl bottle
Pours a dark amber with chunky, foamy lucious looking head. Aromas similiar to a heffe with some banana and clove, alcohol. Astringent on the tongue, has almost a soapy flavor. Alcohol also makes a strong presence in flavor, surprising for a lower ABV trappist. It's good to try another trappist, but I have to say this beer isn't doing much for me; much rather drink a NB Trippel or heffe.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 18:21:29 | More by dreadnatty08
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5/5  rDev +19%

01-20-2013 18:59:22 | More by beerhast
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-06-2013 20:00:51 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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