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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,112 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,112
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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Josiah2729

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19%

12-22-2011 03:45:13 | More by Josiah2729
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for over nearly two years.

It poured at the start with a giant cream-white head, with very large bubbles, but still very consistent. After a few minutes, it became an ultra creamy small-bubbled covering on the liquid, thin but attractive, and leaving lace that looks like snow sticking to winter glass, or styrofoam particles. Intensely unique lace. The beer is clear, orange-red, chestnut brown. The aroma at first is warmly leathery, earthy oils and must. Smelt with the head still large and churning, a strong sweet-bread note, or fresh pastries, with fruity yeast. Some chemical-like smells. Phenols make their presence known, but there are also strong ripened fruits, as if the mould was already beginning to overtake them, which gives a very good aged feel to the beer, like a vintage wine. Malty sweetness in the background, some sugar, some sryup, and a very fresh smell I am having truoble describing. Lightly detectable hop; definitely enough to add even more character, though. More fruitiness than other Trappists, such as Chimay. The taste is delectable, with definite licorice, vanilla, starchy bread, sour acidic fruits, and it leaves a numb soapy clove feel on the tongue. The main difference I note in ageing this beer for 2 years compared to newer Orvals tried is the smoothness: the aged Orval is intensely smooth, creamy and oily on the palate, making it more drinkable. A strong leather taste, with nuts of different sorts, some sweet malt, and definite hop on the finish, making for an excellent balance of all 4 elements. The lees/sediment is very bitter, fruity, and obviously yeasty/fruity. Ageing has also made the beer more potent, more alcoholic, which is no surprise. The mouthfeel as mentioned is velvety, and very full. It is also quite drinkable, being so smooth and not overly alcoholic. Ahh, the life of a Trappist.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 03:38:17 | More by Cwrw
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a chalice.

Appearance is a very beautiful golden with a thick head. Belgian beers always look so damn tasty and dignified.

Smells like a champagne, very fruity, grapes stand out most.

Taste is similarly fruity with a very dry finish. Again grapes and maybe a tiny hint of a citrus fruit are present. While it is very good, I would have preferred a little more definition.

Mouthfeel is high carbon and thin..a beer with this flavor would be too flat any other way.

As for drinkability, I would buy this again in a pinch if selection is limited, but would likely pass this over in most situations. It's good, but doesn't scream for me to come back to it immediately. On the other side, this would be a great starter beer for someone coming from champagne/wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:54:11 | More by sonicdescent
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spikechiquet

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-17-2014 01:38:19 | More by spikechiquet
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JustinQ

California

5/5  rDev +19%

11-24-2011 02:28:47 | More by JustinQ
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JohnG190

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head that settles into a lacy cap. Complex aroma of yeast, caramel and funk. Earthy with a hint of hoppiness and some barnyard. Medium body with light carbonation starts and finishes bone dry. Super complex and superbly crafted, though I would expect nothing less from one of the worlds great beers!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:25:41 | More by JohnG190
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-sunset colour with a good 1 inch head that sits like a rock.

Smells kind of plasitc-y...with some heavy cider notes..

Tastes very cidery with a fading grapefruit flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is kept in check.

Drinkability: I think this cider flavour would get to me after a while....

Not as good as I remember it....

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 21:50:09 | More by darklordlager
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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2012 03:09:23 | More by shagal
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kustard

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-28-2013 18:30:06 | More by kustard
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jlisuk

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-27-2013 00:24:58 | More by jlisuk
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cultclassic89

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-06-2014 23:23:00 | More by cultclassic89
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barryjg

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-20-2014 21:00:05 | More by barryjg
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orangish brown haze from the yeast with a superior head.
Smell: Nice fruity scent with a slight tang and a good weight to it from the yeast.
Taste: Great fruity undertones of pear and other fruits balanced with the yeast. A latent spiciness that reminds me of gin in the latent flavors.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very smooth refreshing beer, not too strong from the alcohol. How can you not love a beer brewed by monks?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:41:35 | More by pzrhsau
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice.
This one was bottled in Oct., 2012.

The bottle opened with a nice, resounding "pop." An aggressive center pour produces a big, foamy root beer head that compacts but lasts to the end of the beer. The color is a very hazy, even cloudy brownish-orange.

The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. First off for me, an odor of yeasty bread rising. then some fruit; raisin, maybe orange and lemon. There is also a little farmyard funk underneath.

The first taste is candy at first, then some dried fruits, then a light bitterness as it warms. I get raisin, dates, some yeastiness and even bitter chocolate. As it warms, some biscuit and even a little caramel come through. Love the slight yeasty funk. Amazingly complex.

This beer is well carbonated, and it feels a little sticky and tongue-coating. It's even got a little creaminess thanks to the never-fading foam.

Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 22:03:25 | More by SD-Alefan
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-19-2014 06:09:38 | More by Beervana
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful orange bit of haze and the most wonderful frothy pillowy head that you can imagine that VERY SLOWLY turns to some really nice lacing.

S - Brett, sweet sour fruit, funk and a small shovel full of dirt.

T - Very well balanced tart and hoppy to begin with. Gets down to EARTH towards the end. Musty, earthy with a hint of funk and a clean aftertaste.

M -good carbonation, goes down smooth but not exceptionally.

D - I could drink this all night. the bitterness and funk and Earthiness all, remarkably, leave the palate fresh and clean for the next taste of what ever you are having.
FANTASTIC!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:35:55 | More by thepeter
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hopsbreath

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually just tried this beer for the first time a couple weeks ago, so I could harvest the dregs for a saison I was brewing. The dryness and complexity blew me away. Suddenly, every beer I brew is getting Orval dregs in it just so I have an excuse (as if I really needed one) to drink more of this beer. Every store I go into now I'm picking up bottles and checking the date. This review is for the oldest bottle I have found so far. It's "bottled on date" is 5-6-2008 (day first month second). Poured into a Duvel tulip, this review is being done live.

A: A very careful pour still yields a couple fingers of buttered popcorn head. The bubble composition itself is made up of big lazy bubbles with a rocky texture on top. Belgian lacing galore is left all over this thing. The body itself is a deep butterscotch with excellent clarity. Beer does not look more tempting than this. 5/5

S: Think tart green fruits here. Green apples, pears, lime zest, muscat grapes, and kiwi (yes kiwi) are among this fruit basket. An inviting sweetness I'm going to compare to the inside of a salt water taffy shop, is lingering just behind the classic earthy aroma of the brett. Beer does not smell better than this. 5/5

T: An impact of spice to the taste buds make this all about the yeast. Peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardomon... The list can go on and on. Dusky melon rind, bitter grapefruit pith, and avocado essence are all characteristics of what this base malt has turned into. Beer does not taste better than this. 5/5

M: A huge mouth of foam in every gulp. The swallow reveals a sawdust dry finish. It's drier than any Champagne I've had. It might be the single driest drink I have ever drank. A perfect beer for classy parties, celebrations, and weddings. I'll have to keep that in mind. Beer does not get drier than this. 5/5

O: Why oh why did I wait so long to try this out. Without a doubt one of the most unique beers I've enjoyed to date. It's also a beer I'll be returning to with some regularity. To have such a fantastic beer on the shelf of every upscale grocery store is truly remarkable. Beer DOES NOT get any better than this. 5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:37:17 | More by hopsbreath
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-27-2011 01:03:27 | More by supermeniscus
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jrand2621

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-02-2014 11:52:54 | More by jrand2621
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quasimoto

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Its a slightly cloudy deep goolden amber color. It has a nice head that doesnt do much lacing.

S - It has a strong banana aromanad some paper in there. Its definitley fruity, and has some paper towel in there. Not the greatest.

T - this beer has to be old or something. It has a strong aroma of a bus station bathroom. I mean no disrespect but that was the first aroma that came to mind. There are some dry malts that bring up ther rear. this has to be oxidized,

M - Carbination wraps the tongue and has a dry finish.

D - If it is always like this, then it needs to be choked down. Not the beast thing I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:04:52 | More by quasimoto
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MadCat

New Jersey

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

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Light brown, a little hazy, beautiful voluminous tan head that takes its sweet time to dissipate, and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lemony, a little floral, and a little malt. Some fruit and tartness in there

Taste: Complex, with quite a few subtle hints of different things in there. Some hop bitterness, some lemon, some earthiness, some malt. Tart fruit

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, perfect carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall: This thing is amazing. Worth every penny. Truly special, and I wish I could afford to drink this regularly. Glad its something that I can find on a shelf instead of having to jump through hoops to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:39:28 | More by MadCat
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-19-2013 23:05:50 | More by FEUO
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

09-28-2013 17:14:17 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Rohkey

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-03-2013 02:16:48 | More by Rohkey
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oregone

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-22-2013 16:37:38 | More by oregone
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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