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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very effervescent, much like a Champagne, but with larger bubbles. Very bubbly with a rapidly disappearing white head. Light amber / deep golden in color with some haze.

Strong funky sweet orange floral nose.

Slightly sour, strong ester and phenol presence. A slight bit of metallic bitterness in the finish. Completely dry without any hint of malty sweetness. Very little in the way of lingering flavors other than a tanginess in the front of the mouth and a lasting bitterness on the tip of the tongue. All sensations are on the front of the tongue, on the front of the upper palate and in the nose, nothing for the back of the tongue or throat.

This beer lives in the nose and on the front of the tongue. Be sure to pour it in a proper glass and enjoy the nose.

Beer was bottled Jan 2013, so it is a little over 10 months out at this tasting.

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Bottle purchased from Victoire in Rochester, NY and poured into a snifter. Consumed on site at the bar.

Pours a hazy golden amber. 2 inches of foamy head almost the whole drinking session.

I think I have an older bottle, so it smells less hoppy, and more funky- the brett is coming through strong. I smell tart apples, grass, and barnyard-esque aromas.

Tastes pretty similar. Slightly woody, very funky, some grassy hops, Belgian yeast dominates. A very complex ale, for sure. Not very bitter, I don't know if the hops impart any bitterness to fresh bottles.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated, pretty dry and chalky.

Probably my 2nd favorite Trappist beer, after Rochefort 10. Awesome stuff.

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11.2 oz bottle poured into an Orval chalice.
6.9% ABV, Bottled on 24/10/2012, best by 24/10/2017.

A - Orval almost gushes from it's bottle even at the 50° serving temperature due to it's abundant carbonation. Hazy but beautiful deep golden in color, the beer forms a massive and loose eggshell head with incredibly retention and heavy lace coating the glass.

S - Lovely honey graham cracker malt backing allows for a luscious aroma of Brett horseblanket funk that contributes suggestions of pine, mint, and goaty, hay undertones.

T - Any hop aroma that faintly emerged disappears completely in flavor, shifting almost entirely to the beer's Brett yeast esters of horseblanket, wet straw, and overall barnyard funk, but tamed down considerably.

M - Highly carbonated, Orval dances on your tongue joyfully while it's seemingly light body washes down with smoothness, lingering on the tongue with dry spice notes.

O - Delicate Brettanomyces exists, in this beer! Restrained barnyard funk allows the dry cracker-like flavor to stay a large part of the beer while nuances continue to come out as it's enjoyed. The crisp drinkability of Orval suggests it would make for a fantastic session Belgian beer if it weren't near $6 a bottle.

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Poured into tulip

A: Pours a hazy copper-orange with a very large, rocky, eggshell white head. Leaves large ring lacing

S: Floral and sweet, with hints of orange peel and pineapple. Slight earthy/funky tones that become more present as the beer warms, definitely from the yeast.

T: Surprising light and delicate on the palate. Barnyard/earthy notes right up front. Old world hops are present but not at all intrusive. Grass and hints of very dry cider. This beer is quite dry.

M: Medium body with moderate to mild carbonation.

O: An extremely unique, complex and delicate beer as only the Belgians can create. Someone with a sophisticated palate could find some quite interesting and satisfying food pairings with this brew. This classic trappist ale is definitely one to try if you are Belgian beer enthusiast or just love beer in general.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,495 ratings