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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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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today from Bevmo. Bottled on date of: 20/02/2008 Good thing I checked because the first one I picked up was bottled in early 2007 and I wanted a fresher bottle.

Wow what a massive head! Easily three fingers worth of foam, the beer itself is dark golden and amber. The head takes forever to settle and leaves some thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma is darn good. Yeasty on the nose with tropical sour fruits like peaches, apricots, peaches, sour orange, and a bit of pineapple. Oh, some crisp green apples too. Some toasted malts and quite bready too. Spices and wild flowers open up as the beer settles. Pretty interesting aroma.

Tastes a little funky, like stale bread and bitter orange, apples and lemons in the back. The flavor is almost a shock, not nearly as close to the aroma. A lot more malt oriented than the sour fruits and spices you get on the nose. I also get an initial bitterness but it doesn't last too long. There are some apple and pears in the aftertaste. The subsequent sips have more fruit flavors; the apple and pear is pushed closer to the beginning and you get some orange and grapefruit rind, and also a little lemon. Stale bread and multi-grain bread holds near the end but the sour fruit cleans it up in the aftertaste. Again, very interesting.

Very good mouthfeel with some lively carbonation.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a hazy,rusty,brown with two fingers of pillowy,off-white head with excellent retention and very little lacing.

S-Big spice on the nose.Clove and cinnamon,baked apple,distinctive Belgian yeast,lemon and sweet malt.

T-Not what I expected.Not as sweet.Red apple,pear,brown sugar but also yeast and a slightly,tart earthiness.

M-Medium bodied with active carbonation.Smooth and lively with a slightly dry finish.

D-Really nice beer with good drinkability.

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4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured into a Duvel tulip this one pours a gorgeous orange, burnt sienna, rust color, huge 3 finger tight head on this one, bubbles screaming from the bottom.

Smell - This is a ridiculously good smelling beer, so many aromas and scents ill try my hardest to even try to pinpoint them. I get sweet fruits right up front, like a light sour beer, some cherries and raspberries but its all wrapped up in a little lemon zest and barnyard funk with an amazing sense of belgian yeast. If i close my eyes its almost like i am smelling an incredibly complex quad.

Taste - WOW, so this is what all the talk is about. Seriously this is one of the best belgians I've ever tasted and I've had a lot. Okay, here we go..As it sits on the tongue i am greeted by a pungent sweetness, almost like a fig with some cheese, there are sweet fruits here like grapes with prunes in the background. I sense some nice lemon zest too like the nose and the belgian yeast lends to an incredibly nice funk to bring all these flavors into one quintessential belgian beer. Just unbelievably complex, dont even read my review, go buy one.

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated, swishes nicely over the tongue to allow all the flavors to yield.

Overall - Ive been an avid beer drinker for a few years now and always read about how good this beer was. For some reason i couldn't bring myself to pick one up for 7 bucks a bottle. I finally did and WOW, this is easily one of my favorite belgian beers I've ever had the chance to try, so complex with a ton of nuances. I am a privileged man.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Orval chalice at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2.5-finger frothy, white head. Awesome retention and great lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – It took about 10 minutes of constant sniffing to figure out what was going on here. There are lots of fruity esters with apple, orange, and grape notes along with some grainy malt and a touch of barnyard funk. Complex in a very good way.

T – Sweet biscuity and grainy malt with apple, grape, and orange esters. Some peppery and funky yeast flavors come through toward the finish. Again, it took me a while to figure this out, too.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with terrific carbonation, a crisp and zesty mouthfeel, and a sweet, spicy, and very dry finish. A wonderful conglomerate of flavors lingers including sweet grapes, peppery yeast, and funky Brett.

O – This is a fantastic beer. It is beautifully complex, yet easily approachable and very drinkable. The combination of aromas and flavors is so unique and well-crafted that I had a tough time deciphering the individual elements of each. These Trappist monks know what they’re doing. Their beers are phenomenal.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a translucent amber with 2 inches of light tan head. It fades quickly, leaving intermittent soapy lacing.

S-Yeasty,earthy,like wet leaves and hay. A bit sour.

T/M-Orval comes about as close to perfection as you can get. Complex earthy flavors, reminiscent of a rainy day in autumn.The brettanomyces is used with subtlety and elegance, and contributes a slick, lingering finish, in addition to its earthy qualities. Subtle grassy hops add some structure, and dry out some of the funk. The body is light and soft, with delicate carbonation.

D-I come back to this more than any other Trappist ale.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at CBX. Poured into a Chimay chalice. (Brewed 04.10.12; Drink By 04.10.17)

A: Cloudy; light copper / orange; three-finger, sudsy, rocky, white head leaves a few thicks wads of lace.

S: Light clove and spice notes; green apple skin; lightly tart, in a white grape kind of way; notes of bread.

T: White bread / cracker malt; light fruit... apple / pear; some esters come out on the end.

M: Medium body; high, lively carbonation; more bitter than expected on the end.

O: Lighter, yet complex; tasty and refreshing... delicious.

*from notes 10.03.13

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,436 ratings
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