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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

4,320 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 2,112
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 202
Gots: 390 | FT: 8
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.

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JGlitz87, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

What is there to be said?
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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!

bloberglawp, Nov 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

bs870621345, Nov 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

d5001986, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Antnyd82, Apr 02, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

heebes, Dec 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

douginromeo, Aug 31, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

dreadnatty08, Mar 13, 2006
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5/5  rDev +19%

TimHitchings, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

djura, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

KindaFondaGoozah, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

barryjg, Jun 20, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Fugazme, Feb 04, 2006
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

SuperSpy, Sep 18, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -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.

caddybuyer, Dec 05, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

mlazzaro, Apr 05, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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

beerandcycling88, Apr 27, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

output01x, Aug 13, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

eorwar, Mar 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Quafftastic, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pacioli1445, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bouder32, Aug 01, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

99bottles, Jul 06, 2005
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,320 ratings.