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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
Ranking:
#984
Reviews:
2,351
Ratings:
5,428
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
932
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,428 |  Reviews: 2,351
Photo of Metalsnota
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. Massive foamy white head with ridiculous retention and great lacing.

S: Subtle... sweet Belgian candy sugars, lemon drop candy, and citrusy hops. Floral.

T/F: Candy sugars.... surprisingly light. Mild sweetness rapidly kicked down by citrus rind, hay, and mild tartness. Hopping is present for bittering and aroma... really brings this back to earth. Phenolic and yeasty... floral and spicy... so much going on here. Effervescent and zesty on the tongue. Finish is a bit sticky with some citrus. Draws you back for another sip far too soon.

O: A fantastic Belgian Pale... great complexity, flavor, and subtlety. One I will be re-visiting as frequently as possible.

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Photo of BCborn
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nousername
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a fairly murky red to brown sort of color with a two finger's worth of rocky foamy head that glistened and slid off at a good pace. Lace was somewhat thick and foamy and sticky.
The aroma had a swift sweet to funky barnyard hay/grassy whiff. Roamed nicely into some basement stiffness and had some floral particles coming out to play with a little bit of a brisk earthiness.
The flavor was odd, well, it had that vinous quality that seemed to want to pummel the funk, but in reality, it didn't. So in turn, the earthiness, basement, and floral hop quality played a good part in and all around. Aftertaste seemed to cherish the funk and embrace the wine quality.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, maybe a touch under with a good sipping quality to it due to the wine harshness. Carbonation felt fine, maybe a bit high, but I gave it a "restrained pour" to assist in the containment. ABV felt good.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian pale ale, not one for the faint of heart but definitely nothing else like it.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at the 6 months mark after bottling

L - reddish-brown amber color, almost copper. Carbonation like a good sparkling wine.
S - funky farmhouse smell of hay and horse stable. Citrussy, almost white wine-y.
T - citrussy, champagne-y funkiness of yeasty sour apples, hay and a hint of horse stable. Grassy hoppiness. A really crisp and ’green’ taste, with a beautiful hoppy bitter after taste, but still exquisitely well-balanced
F - nothing of note. Not watery. Not syrup-y. A nice sparkly carbonation like those in sparkling wines.

O - this is my favorite beer to date, period, and the beer that got me interested in craft beer. Upon first serve it simply smacks you in the face with its uniqueness, without being over-the-top. It is so amazingly well balanced in its farmhouse characteristics and its beer-y/hoppiness, and I haven’t really found any other beer that I have gotten so utterly smitten about. It reminds me of my childhood hometown: it is simply the countryside in a glass. If Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony were a beer. This would be it.

I absolutely, absolutely, absolutely recommend this one.

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Photo of CamilleGege
3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mrnickatnite
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2015 bottle. First thing you notice on this ale is the unique fermented fruit scent. Actually kind of pleasant in my opinion. Tastes of pear and a light banana flavor. Slight malt finish. Smooth. Very solid beer.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bombelsky
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 09.02.2017

Amber clear gets hazy after pouring a last inch. Huge 4 fingers frothy head, persisting, excelente lacing.

Moderate high level of yeasty-fruity esters aroma, mostly pears.
Earthy moderate aroma of hops. Some peppery notes.

Light grainy sweetness perfectly balancing moderate-high bitterness of hops and yeast, moderate hop flavor. Sugary.

Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, fluffy, long dry finish. Warm alcohol notes.

Great

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Photo of illpass78
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Dark, opaque plum/raisin type color. Huge frothing cream head. Angry bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma: Dark fruits, malts, sugars, herbs.

Taste: Complex. Fruits like fig, plum, raisin. Candied sugar. Malts, grains, bread. So much going on. Touch of caramel. Almost "busy."

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and rich. A pleasure on the palate.

Overall: Classic, unique ale. An experience. A good one, too.

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Photo of frykid
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xanadu1988
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just not into the funky smell and taste. The only Trappist beer I don't like so far

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of priley
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuno
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anacross
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled perfection. You won't find a Belgian trappist ale better than this. It pours a smooth bronze color liquid, with impressive and long lasting foam on top. Smells like fruit with a hit of caramel. The taste is perfectly balanced, complex and pleasant, satisfying in every way. The 6.20% alcohol volume is just right. Hard to find in the USA, and a little expensive, but worth every drop of it.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,428 ratings
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