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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Belgium
orval.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,079
Reviews:
2,356
Ratings:
5,461
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
361
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946
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Photo of Korbynlehr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry and white pepper.

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Photo of Ned57
2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very interesting but still not a pleasant experience.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange gold color. Above average body but definitely is well carbonated which takes a while to settle down. Aroma is yeast,fruit,malt and some grain. Taste follows the nose, a bit of a floral bitterness shows up in the taste. Overall this competes well with others in this style

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

Photo of mchegash
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A very hazy burnt orange. With tons and tons of off-white head.
S: Light fruit flavors, along with Belgian spices. Hints of sourness.
T: A slightly unusual/unique taste. Very hard to describe. So I won't try :)
F: Medium bodied, moderate-light carbonation. A tad bitter.
O: overall a unique and interesting beer. Not something I would probably buy again though.

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Photo of Duncian
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L — Pours a moderately hazed golden amber with a two-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and some lacing
S — Green apple, tart cherry, barnyard funk, sour grape, musk, sweet doughiness, caramel
T — Not at all sour, but has a very interesting yeasty funkiness to it. Very earthen and ‘damp’. Getting some bready malts, floral, and maybe a hint of grassy hops as well
F — Dry. Intensely effervescent, which makes the mouthfeel suffer a little. This is one of those beers that even after releasing a large amount of CO2 during the pour, there is still enough left so that a small sip not immediately swallowed turns into an unpleasant mouthful of foam. Probably caused by the bottle conditioning
O — Certainly one of the more unique Belgians. I was expecting the aromas — which by and large remind of a wild ale — to follow through in the flavor, which didn’t really happen.

79/100

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of lebriarjr
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. As recommended, I poured with aggression. Tons of head, but it quickly dissipated. A beautiful orange color emerged. Nose is bread, caramel, a bit of cherry, fig, and a bit of tree bark. Taste is really interesting. A slight bitterness up front - a bit hoppy and piney. Definitely a layer of citrus peel, cherries, raisins, and some wheat notes. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, with a citrus peel aftertaste. Overall, a really nicely crafted beer.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tshute
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manthon
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of tubeman
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 9300Beerlover
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of akopczyk
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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