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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

4,161 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 2,102
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 181
Gots: 321 | 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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bs870621345

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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Jesse13713

Ohio

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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creepinjeeper

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19%

12-20-2013 04:51:35 | More by creepinjeeper
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Tafyob41

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-24-2014 04:32:34 | More by Tafyob41
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

06-07-2014 21:47:33 | More by zapahoppa
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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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heebes

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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dreadnatty08

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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beerhast

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19%

01-20-2013 18:59:22 | More by beerhast
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-06-2013 20:00:51 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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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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Fugazme

Nebraska

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

Dark ruby in color... large bubbles with some excellent stick. Nice head.

Some tiny bit of floaties in the beer... otherwise, cloudy.

Smells malty, yeasty, grassy, bannana, manure-like at times...

Malty and fruity tastes.. yeasty with lemony citrus tones... very bread-like.

Absolutely Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:18:03 | More by Fugazme
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SuperSpy

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 22/04/2009 Best before 22/04/2015

Big rocky white head. A cloudy golden color that I can still see through until I stir up the sediment and add it to the glass. The aroma is amazing. Spices, yeast, apple, lemon and a nice floral scent. The flavor has lemon peel with a touch of lemon pith, sweet, spicy while equally tart and bitter. Incredibly complex with various flavors becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. A thoroughly exceptional and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:30:00 | More by SuperSpy
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nicely cellared bottle (bottled 9/07, best before 9/12) 12/09 review.

A-Beautiful rich golden color with marked clarity and a creamy foamy tan head that lasts forever. Very nice.

S-Pungent yeasty aroma with hints of citrus. A subtle earthiness behind it all. A very clean and refreshing nose.

T-An effervescent tartness reminiscent of slightly sweet citrus rinds, a grassy haylike midrange followed by a refreshing astringent bitterness and a lingering clean bitter finish. This is both complex yet simple as strange as it may sound, and is a very refreshing beer.

M-Slightly overcarbonated like most Belgians, a medium mouthfeel that is neither sticky nor chewy but simply clean and refreshing.

D-A very good beer that I would not hesitate to try again. Would be very nice on a warm summer day in place of the usual American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:43:26 | More by caddybuyer
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

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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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

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

11.2 oz. bottled Nov. 17 2011

Smells funky. A good funk. Tart fruity yeast character mixed with musky aromas. Ultra high carbonation. Amber and clear. Mountainous off white head with impressive retention. Lacing up the glass. Awesome looking beer.

At first almost abrasive with carbonation. I stirred the carbonation out and I like it much more. Lots of yeast flavors, fruity and acidic. Pleasant booze character. Brett flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is great. Has some body to it considering the sour fermentation. Really unique beer, and surprisingly refreshing considering the ABV. This is my first orval. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:22:52 | More by mlazzaro
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A pours a orangeish color with a pillowy 3 finger head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S the nose has notes of tart fruit, and some floral spicyness.

T this one is tart. You get notes of lemon, a hint of what comes across as anise. There is also some hints of hops and brett

M light body with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable drink. It is a surprisingly easy drink and quite tasty. A very nice Belgian

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 04:49:40 | More by beerandcycling88
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output01x

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (Best Before 05/19/2015) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour let's loose a giant 3-finger cream-colored head. The body is an orange amber with jets of carbonation bubbles practically racing to the surface. The head recedes after quite some time to a thick, clumpy covering and thin foam ring. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in large clumps.

Belgian yeast gives this beer a truly delicious smell. Aromas of green apples and white grape juice really make this beer mouth-watering. Floral hops in the background lend a little character to this beer.

Green grapes and pears lend a light flavor at first sip. A light floral and somewhat grassy hops flavor settles in that goes quite nicely with the fruit flavors. A slight spiciness sets in at the end of each sip. The flavors here are not bold by any means, but are elegant and playful.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation, this beer is as drinkable as it is delicious (which can be quite dangerous). Without being watery, this beer is easily sipped and gulped. The carbonation seems to be just right as it does not get in the way of the flavor but really helps to move this beer along.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:33:04 | More by output01x
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eorwar

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-06-2012 10:50:59 | More by eorwar
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GinsuDave

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19%

07-02-2013 01:42:27 | More by GinsuDave
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-10-2013 19:47:20 | More by byronic
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

I can't believe I missed reviewing this. I've had this quite a few times, but when I found it in Milan for the equivalent of $1.85 a bottle I stocked up.

Ok, so Orval is a deep orange brown color, slighty cloudy with a clumpy yellowish off white head and above average carbonation. The smell is really unique; strong citrus rind, some wildflowers, and some sharp medicinal cuts. The taste is much of the same, only more complex. When young, as all these bottles are, it has a real biting astringency of phenols, phenols, and more phenols. The hops add good bitterness to the finish, and the malt seems lost in a sea of fighting flavors. The lemon and orange of the smell is in there, as is some funk, almost akin to a lambic. But, really...it's all phenols at first.

I've had quite a few that were left to age, and that made the voyage across the Atlantic and found them to be much more sweet and aromatic. The sweetness of honey, wild grasses, and jasmine all come out as the medicinal taste subsides over time. I like that the "drink before" date is a full 5 years after the"bottled on" date. A really excellent choice, but try to catch one on the back end of those 5 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 09:22:29 | More by 99bottles
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beerceller99

Louisiana

2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl. with a 5- 14- 2003 bottled on date.

Amber colored with a white head that fades quickly to a sheen. Has a strong witch hazel oil smell with a whiff of mild spices and orange peel. A thin to medium body carries a rather bland grain and yeast flavor with a strong, and very off setting medicinal taste. Finishes with a mildly bitter orange peel taste.

For five bucks a bottle there are far better trappist brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 05:07:57 | More by beerceller99
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Yesac

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/2007

A- Cloudy amber/orange with a medium sized bright white head.

S- Belgian yeast, some floral fruits such as orange peel.

T- Crisp. Lemon zest. Dry. Tart. I've heard people describe this as 'horse blanket' and I understand now. My review is fairly biased, this is not a style I prefer much.

M- Very highly carbonated. Thin bodied, almost nothing left on the palate.

D- Tart, dry and highly carbonated makes this one a task to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 21:42:45 | More by Yesac
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice amber color with a huge head that I thought might spill out of my tulip. Tons of lacing.

S - Slight lemony citrus. Lots of ripe plum and clove.

T - Lots of ripe banana and plum. Very sweet malt. Slight hoppiness. Hides alcohol well.

M - Mild carbonation and medium body.

O - Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 01:51:56 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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