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:
5,392
Reviews:
2,347
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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360
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912
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Photo of jrenn
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Healthy one-inch head or so... very bubbly (could have been my own pour though)

Smells very pleasant. Delicate candy sugars. A little belgian yeast. But not much.

Sparkly. Lighter than one would think. Minor fruit and sugar notes. Maybe apple and raspberry (?). Gets better as you drink it. I

Mouthfeel is very light, somewhat disappointed. Maybe a lighter body is not always a bad thing, but I enjoy heavier weight, or gravity on bigger beers like this. Perhaps my personal bias. Not that velvety either.

Overall, I feel like I might have built this one up a little too much. Great for the style, I would love to drink these in a session, but I'm afraid I just can't afford that. Back to my Copperhead...

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 29/02/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours copper-tinted medium gold, with two fingers of wispy light beige head. Loads of lacing and excellent retention.

S: This just smells dry. Complex malt, minerally chalk, lemon and Brett

T: Again chalk (wtf?), slight tartness, citrus (orange and lemon), malt, and finishing with an off moderate bitterness.

M: Light carbonation, fluffy creamy texture, and medium body.

O: Decent enough but the chalkiness is off-putting. I'll take Rayon Vert over this any day.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive slightly hazy amber in the glass. Perfect cap of foam that lasts through a long sipping session. The fine bubbles last forever in the glass. Lovely creamy mouthfeel.

Quite dry from start to finish. An odd murky flavor, a touch of the barnyard and a hint of plastic. Thin mouthfeel, but the bubbly carbonation gives it some body. Rather austere and certainly no coddling with sweet malt. Grows on you as you sip. Totally distinctive and really intriguing with the yeasty bitterness and barely a hint of hops. Bitter aftertaste stays with you. Reminiscent of the hard-water English beers with the mineral taste. A real pleasure for the purist.

In the 0.33 litre bottle served in the big wide-mouthed chalice at River Hotel in Gent. This bottle says 6.2%.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a large mouth tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger puffy head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity. There are signs of carbonation coming up through the glass too.

Smell: tart aromas, yeasty esters, bready and grainy notes, some sweetness, and spiciness.

Taste: All of the above plus some banana, apple, and pear. Vanilla and some nice lingering bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, smooth, a little dry, medium bodied, a little bitterness, and very enjoyable.

Overall: man this beer seems to get better every time I have a bottle. Many more will be enjoyed in the future too. All around solid beer.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,392 ratings.
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