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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
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

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Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 16 oz. good nature snifter. Holy hell, was this one active.

A: luxiourious 3 finger head. Slight off white colored head with plenty of carbonation consistently rising up the glass. Brownish red color. Beautiful beer, but could only manage to get about 12 oz in the glass on the initial pour.

S: funky brett coming through instantly, with a mild balence of malt and hops in the background. A sweet, almost straw like smell coming through as well.

T: a real mild flavor of malt and hops. A slight sharpness that is as crisp as it is refreshing. Tartness, but nothing overpowering. This is my first Trappist beer, and so far I'm impressed.

M: a medium bodied beer with high amount of carbonation. Extremely refreshing bite as previously mentioned.

O: I'm guessing this is a good introductory Trappist beer, but I enjoyed this one very much. It was a greatly balenced bled of hops and malt, and the wild yeast works very well with the medium body. Great brew for sure.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orval has an exceptionally huge, spongy, off-white head, extremely thick lacing left behind, and a brilliant, orange appearance, with numerous, tight bubble streams. After swishing the bottom contents and pouring it in, one will notice a thick, descending orange-gray cloud. The aroma is of funky, sweet, pungent yeast, with an overriding horse stall smell. Taste is of some grain husk, sugar, hard candy, caramel, yeast funk, fruit, salt water taffy, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light, prickly, and somewhat slimy, and Orval finishes sweet, rich, dry, and delicious. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and all beer enthusiasts should try it!

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11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval goblet (finally connected brew with glass!)

bottled on: 8/30/2012
best by: 8/30/2017
drank: 8/8/2013

L: huge head -- biggest head I've seen from a beer poured into a goblet, well over 1/2-inch of tan foam that does not disipate quickly, very thick and full with some of the largest bubbles I've seen. the brew is murky brown/caramel.

S: light and fruity -- definite sweetness. bananas. in fact, most banana-like smell I've encountered ... big banana sweet, almost turning into a bubble gum smell. unique.

T: saisonlike -- dry white wine without the sweet finish. bananas, and showing some sweetness as it warms up; slight hints of alcohol; white wine/soured grapes ... and then near the end: a passing hint of grassiness. was that hops?

F: super carbonation combined with a full but still light weight.

O: reminds me of saisons, hefeweizens, tripels but still unique, especially in the nose. the alcohol does kick in, but it definitely packs a smaller punch than the Belgian strong pale ale. overall, it's not my favorite style, but it's very easy to see the greatness in this brew ...

bonus points: the Orval fish logo is as bad-ass as they come.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,360 ratings.
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