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: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Dark gold in body. Great white head with wonderful retention.

S- Caramel notes backed up by a bit of a Brett funk, and spices.

T- Mild caramel flavor, with a bit of a biscuity/grain flavor. Brett and spice are more in the background.

M- Pretty light and delicate in body. Subtle carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

O- There are lots of subtleties in this beer. Nothing is over the top, but there is so much depth. Really a wonderful beer.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A - has a beautiful hazy copper colour that passes medium light and a big fluffy head that lasts forever! there is tonnes of lacing on the glass by the time im finished with it. great looking beer overall.

S - for me, this is the strong point of the beer. i am absolutely drawn in by the smell on this one. its hard to even put my finger on what im smelling because its all seems to mix so well together into its own smell. has a nice citrusy and floral hint off the top but its prime character is almost that of fresh wood. it smells sweet and savoury at the same time. definitely pineapple and fresh bread coming through. maybe some banana, cloves or coriander as well? all my favourites ;)

T -the taste leaves a bit to be desired after the incredible smell off the top, and also for a beer thats rated so highly in the belgian pale ale category. with that being said i did enjoy the taste of this beer as it seemed to have a good balance of hops and malt and didn't have any overpowering alcohol taste like ive found from a few other belgian pale ales. it is definitely a unique beer.

M - i was dissapointed with the amount of carbonation in this beer. i feel like if they toned that down slightly the flavours would come out a lot more (maybe why the head was so long lasting). however, the carbonation did make me burp quite a bit :p bringing out some flavours i may have missed (hopefully not yesterdays lunch) at the same time it goes down pretty easy once the carbonation dies down a bit

O - well i finally got to try the trappist beer ive been waiting so long for. i feel like the anticipation of trying it may have ruined it a little for me, but i still enjoyed the beer a lot. i picked up a few bottles so ill be getting a couple more tries at this one. not my favourite trappist, but hey, its better than a lot of whats available in my area so i won't complain. a trip to the monastery in belgium might help me enjoy this one a little more ;) great beer!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper with slight haze. Massive, rocky, white head. Lacing paints the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S - Spice, grass, musk.

T - White pepper spice, mild fruit flavor, warming alcohol that lingers between sips.

M -Extremely dry, highly carbonated, medium body. Spiciness sits on the gums.

O - My first run-in with Orval. Extremely satisfied. Highly recommend. Looking forward to try more Trappist ales.

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Five month old bottle. Dirty orange in color, quite hazy. Plenty of carbonation leads to an epic head that lasts for ages. For a young bottle, the Brett qualities are very apparent on the nose. Lots of musty, earthy, leathery notes, but then there's also a good amount of ripe fruit - apple, apricot, peach.

Just about bone dry flavor profile with an earthy/funky vibe. Apple and pear skin. Yeasty and leathery. A lot of hard to pin down flavors intermingled. Very carbonated but not punishingly so - the bubbles soften considerably after a few minutes.

Orval has a storied history but it doesn't quite live up to the hype. Has a lot of complexities, but they're muddled and the flavors don't "pop." Hard to recommend over, say, Matilda.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,451 ratings
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