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:
#1,119
Reviews:
2,361
Ratings:
5,480
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
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361
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at an establishment in Hamilton the other day as it was something they carried and I've been eager to try.

Served cool into an Orval tulip.

Appearance - Dark honey and copper color with 2.5 fingers of head that created a mountain overflowing the glass. Fortunately none of the head spilled onto the table. The head is just pillowy off-white clouds and lingered for a long while and left some beautiful lacing. Very delicate and meticulous looking. Very hazy as well.

Smell - Honey, light and floral, slight caramel sweetness. Hints of melon as it warmed a bit too. Pretty impressive so far.

Taste - The taste is nice.... but to describe it is difficult. There's not really a whole lot of easily definable tastes here, every sip seems a bit different and the taste is fleeting. It has a bit of a orange undercurrent with a bit of a dank earthiness. Bit of a bitter finish that seems most reminiscent of a Tripel rather than anything else. Quite tasty, but because of the lightness and fleeting flavors it's hard for me to score this any higher.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a richness that is there but retains the very light character established with the other senses. Medium carbonation is also good here.

Overall - Very glad I tried it, if was available at LCBO or TBS I would consider picking this up again, however it does not seem to be frequently available and at the price tag it comes with, I would rather drink other beers when out, or buy beer in a similar vein at LCBO and get 3-4 times as much. However, I recommend a try as I seem to echo some of the reviews in that this beer is tough to nail down and has flavors that vary from bottle to bottle.

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Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tkelley
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

A - super pillowy head on initial pour. Quickly draws down to a light covering with good lacing. Pale firey orange hazy body.

N - phenols. Belgian yeast. Not a lot going on with the nose, but what's there is good.

T - nice light taste. Yeasty and light malts. Small bit of citrus and spice. Dry.

M - very effervescent. But smooth. Good aftertaste of beer.

O - good Belgian. Taste the tradition!

Cheers!

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Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NataLukas
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very effervescent, much like a Champagne, but with larger bubbles. Very bubbly with a rapidly disappearing white head. Light amber / deep golden in color with some haze.

Strong funky sweet orange floral nose.

Slightly sour, strong ester and phenol presence. A slight bit of metallic bitterness in the finish. Completely dry without any hint of malty sweetness. Very little in the way of lingering flavors other than a tanginess in the front of the mouth and a lasting bitterness on the tip of the tongue. All sensations are on the front of the tongue, on the front of the upper palate and in the nose, nothing for the back of the tongue or throat.

This beer lives in the nose and on the front of the tongue. Be sure to pour it in a proper glass and enjoy the nose.

Beer was bottled Jan 2013, so it is a little over 10 months out at this tasting.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,480 ratings