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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,378
Reviews:
2,343
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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358
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Photo of emincems
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomb_ride
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of professorchow
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ealanjones
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mscudder
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a pretty fresh bottle - bottled in September of this year (so not expecting much Brett). Pours a hazy amber orange, with a HUGE frothy Brett induced head that leaves tons of lacing and diffuses into strange shapes. Aroma has very light funkiness, mainly a clean biscuit malt tone with hints of lemon. Refreshing and full taste/mouthfeel, lemon bitterness from noble hops. Tart finish but smooth throughout. A delicious Belgian pale.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjacobsr
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**
03/14/15

Bottle to glass, at Parc, Philadelphia.

AROMA: Excellent bready yeasty aroma.
LOOK: Dark yellow (light Orange) color. Bubbly head.
TASTE: Tasty. Yeast, but not too much wang. Dark fruits, raisin and such.
FEEL: Bubbly and good drinking.

Great peripherals, and a well crafted ale, but the taste is not as amazing as I remember from years ago. Still very good.

**

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Photo of AJmon13
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miket13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lipa
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head. Blonde amber color. 20% opaque.

Belgian yeast , clove, spices, bubble tape, rotted banana.

Quite a bit of water and hop out front followed with bubble gum and clove. Mostly tasteless after that.

Fizzy and carbonated.

It's okay. Just really surprised that this beer underwhelmed me so much. Meh.

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Photo of ashleyciatu
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like a sour!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a transparent golden amber color with a massive, rocky white head that sticks around for the entirety of the beer and leaves lots of chunky lacing in it's wake.

Smell is complex. I get barnyard funk, tart lemon, peppery spice, and a sour apple scent reminiscent of cider.

Taste is similar with the addition of banana. Slightly tart. Flavors are more muted in the taste than the smell.

Feel is too light with a dry finish. Very carbonated, but almost too much so.

Overall a solid beer. I can appreciate why it is looked so highly upon, but it is probably not a beer that I would revisit.

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Photo of samciatu
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good! Like a sour!

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastically dry and refreshing beer with a hint of malty sweetness that ends with a tweak of bitterness at the end. Grassy. The carbonation is high and provides a wonderful dry finish, and the head is rich and full. Strongly recommended. For me, at least, this ale should be listed as a Tripel.

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Photo of hgw605
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Orange, reddish amber. Huge white head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Totally transparent.
S: Belgian sweet fruity aroma. Tart with notes of apples, citrus, funk and peppery notes. Slight sweet floral aroma.
T: Similar to nose. A bit bitter and some moderate caramel malt coming through.
F: Feels like it is popping off in your mouth, releasing all of its complexity.
O: A classic, incredible beer.

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Photo of descobar
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 4/2012. the aroma is mostly catty (in a pleasant way), earthy, grassy with some dark fruit and spices. estery Belgian ale yeast. pours medium amber with a full-on head with large white bubbles. head has great retention. its def hazy. med body with slightly oily texture and more than moderate astringency. flavors of raisins and candy sugars. fruity esters and slight funkyness. significant bitterness that lasts long through in the aftertaste but smooths out over time. this is great Belgian ale drinking very close to its peak. label says it should cellar well into 2017. A CLASSIC!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,378 ratings.
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