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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 2/7/13 into St. Bernardus glass

A-Pours orange with a huge 3 finger off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Great lacing.

S-Aroma has an overripe white grapes, hops, and yeast.

T-I taste dry apricots, figs and currants. Little sweet, slight sour and nice bitter.

M-Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Semi dry finish. Excellent carbonation

O-First time having this beer quite the standard for Belgium pale ale.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before August of 2009. Pours with lots of foam, some lacing. The body is orange. Nose contains barnyard characteristics, along with some dry fruitiness. Hop aroma is complex.

Taste is dry, light, and complex. Initial fruit becomes extremely dry, giving way to dirty barnyard flavors. Some lemon. Fruit returns intermittently. Some hops are noted in the dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is full while it lasts, sterile slightly bitter finish. Plenty drinkable, I must cellar some of these for several years.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a giant white fluffy head with various sized bubbles. Good retension and lacing.
Smells of lemon, grass, floral hops and spice.
I'm tasting similar things to what I smelled but also a complex flavor I can't put my finger on.
Very drinkable and complex. If I had more experience I could maybe nail down the complex flavors and aromas with more precision.
Overall, I would recommend this beer. Very interesting.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first mouthful of this stuff is the most memorable, go in with clean mouth, no food or food residue present, heck gargle with water to rid your mouth of other taste. Take the first a sip and bang get hit by a flavour explosion - overwhelming all regions of the tongue - so much going here I don't know where to begin - fruity, citrius-y yeasty . As you get over that initial taste explosion, as your tastebuds have been assaulted and surrender - the bitterness starts to come through and the hops and bitterness are pretty much whats dominates in the final half of the glass.
Needs a careful pour to reveal the murky dark orange colour.
The head is pretty good, but not dense and mine faded very quickly and looked like scungy sea foam on a rocky beach after a while.

Next time I have this I will share it among friends, to enjoy that initial taste explosion and avoid the somewhat disappointing finish to the beer.
and at 600yen a bottle in Japan (Us $7) it's a steep drink and probably a good one to split with a friend anyway.

Glad I tried it and definitely a beer you should try at least once.

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Photo of JayNH
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a monster rocky, frothy head.

S- Wonderful! Sweet, slightly tart and acidic. Slightly citric, notes of orange/lemon and spice.

T- A very dry sweetness, a subtle tart acidity, apple and orange peels. Simple but complex at the same time...

M- Very dry, light bodied and lightly carbonated.

D- Excellent, well worth a try.

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Photo of dherling
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy honey orange with a thick head with nice lacing.
Nose is sweet oranges, citrus, bready, and maybe even a little sour. The taste starts off tart and a little sour then almost turns into a hoppy pale ale. The beer foams in the mouth. Highly carbonated and finished dry. Light and refreshing even with the massive carbonation.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,453 ratings
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