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
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#2,063
Reviews:
2,379
Ratings:
5,535
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml
$5.99
Prisco's Market - Aurora, IL

Bottled: 4/27/16

Orval looks exactly like what it is, your classic Belgian pale ale. The body leans amber with a caramel hue. Tiny bubbles rush to the surface from every spot of the glass which bolsters the amazingly creamy, silky smooth foam. That head bubbles up immediately on the pour like Alka Seltzer. The foam is going nowhere anytime soon and will be sitting over a finger high when the entirety of the beer is gone. This beer looks just about perfect.

Ah, yes. The nose is wild and wonderful. Damp stone with a slight metallic edge start it off. There are gobs of wildflowers present, handfuls of dandelions. A doughy malt base whispers in the background while musty pear and green apple bring more depth to the middle. As amazing as that foam looks and holds on, it is a little detrimental to the nose, squashing it a bit.

The flavor is big, bright and vibrant. Soda bread with a drizzle of caramel make up the base. Green apple and pear pop up in the middle and push through the finish along with that wildflower accompaniment. That pear and apple get musty closer to the finish, which is pretty appetizing. A touch of spicy booze on the finish wraps it up. Good depth and flow. Not as wild as the nose suggested.

The feel is up there as only the best of the Belgians can seem to manage. It's immediately frothy and airy as it hits the tongue which adds on overall lightness, obviously. There's enough prickliness to the bubbles that they seem to awaken the tongue. A quick flash of acidity runs through and leaves its mark. The finish dries out slowly and leaves you wanting more. This is maddeningly easy to drink.

Oravl is a classic for a reason. It's funky and unique stepping out of the box when it comes to the other Trappist Breweries. This one is all its own. It's bright and well rounded with a bit of funk and a whole bunch of character. This beer needs to be in my fridge much more often.

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Photo of Cemos
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of davidmm
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoponit
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bierfonteintje
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really quite magnificent on the pour; GIGANTIC fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. Had to pour three times to fit the entire 11.2 ounces into your standard pint glass. The beer itself looks like really cloudy apple cider (not the hard variety). My positive impressions stop there, however. The nose is just rough on this one. Lots of off scents; cat piss being the most egregious and repugnant. Tastes a little better than it smells, thankfully, but there's still something off-putting on the backend. I can't quite put my finger on it. This particular bottle was filled on 04/06/2015 and I'm guessing that has something to do with it. Belgians may typically age well, but a dusty grocery store shelf under constant fluorescent lighting probably isn't the optimal condition for doing so. Very disappointed (I love a good Belgian), but I'll have to sample this again before writing it off completely.

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Photo of FrankCazabon
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
2.03/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of PrynneCabin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a massive pillow of white head that lingered and left a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is spicy floral hops, grapes and orange rind. Flavor is vinegary up front with some yeasty bread, spicy hops. Feel is light and crisp, well carbonated. Overall not what I expected, would not drink again. I know this is fresh with a bottle date of 7 2 18 and a best by date of 7 2 23.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CayseyW
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of disappointing. Looked great, similar in appearance to Duvel and possibly yet more carbonated although tasted nothing like Duvel. Somewhat muted flavors and a bit sour. I guess it is what it is but I won't be buying again. I'll be sticking with Chimay, St. Bernardus and my other Belgium's.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quadmad
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Oct 2016. Beautiful honey colour withcreamy off-white head. Kind of tangy on the back off the throat. Smooth creamy taste. Not sure if I will buy again

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Photo of egrandfield
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thebooyakid
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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