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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2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: Rich pumpkin color with slight haze. Thick head with strong retention and lacing.
Smell: Pungent yeasty aroma, followed by a sharp alcohol twinge. Hints of apple and pepper.
Taste: Subtle sour and sweet maltiness, little to no hop assertiveness. Not as forceful in flavor as most belgians. Lingering toasted flavors after swallowing. Very subtle and herbal.
Mouth: More thin than expected, almost bordering on watery. Lacking significant body. Fairly heavily carbonated.

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3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Out of all of the trappist beer I had, this has to be the weakest. Compared to St. Bernardus or Maredsous, this seems like an amateurish attempt.
Too much carbonation, an awkward mouth-feel and a taste that verges into an area of something bittersweet - this beer is a major trappist disappointment.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 6.9% ABV. Bottled on 6/27/13, and best before 6/27/18.
Appearance: Deep, opaque amber with bubbles that run for days. This beer has the most incredible head I’ve seen in a long time, and it seems to have no intention of going anywhere soon (4/5).
Aroma: Musty and woody. Like a back of an old cabin. I also get a faint whiff of pineapple (4/5).
Taste: The earthy Brett character is dominant, but there is also a touch of pine, honey, and apples. The background flavors become more predominant as the beer nears room temperature (4.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Highly effervesent. There is so much carbonation, in fact, that I get a touch of a burn following the swallow. Medium body (3.75/5).
Overall: Amazing beer that has been an inspiration to many brewers all over the world. This pint is incredible, but it seems like some of the edges could be rounded out a bit. Considering the generous window of expiration, I would be interested in trying a bottle that had been aged for a couple years (4/5).

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I've always passed this up due to its easy avilablitity.
A- woah pours with a huge fluffy white head, orange and pretty clear.
S- I get banana, sweet, bready, funk, hay,
T- nice and hoppy, dry, champaign like taste, straw, some citrus fruit, some funk
M- pretty carbonated
O- very good, I expected a lot more of the traditional coriander and banana. It is a very good, glad I finally tried it

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At six months:

Reminds me of an English Bitter but with traces of brett complexity. Some pilsner like hop character. Some background malt sweetness.

Two years:

Great showcase for brett derived flavours and aromas, but without the sourness from lacto or pedio bacteria. Some say the brett phenols are distracting at three years. I guess I have to drink my remaining stock quickly.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,454 ratings
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