Orval Trappist Ale | Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

BA SCORE
93
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5,392 Ratings
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%
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
912
For Trade:
11
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Living816
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh my the hype. These ratings would imply orgasm like flavors / experience in the mouth. Perhaps the beer pays *me* to drink it?

It pours a rather curious straw, stained oak color with some haze. The head is amazingly robust, persisting for an eternity.

The "brett funk" hits your straightaway along with a bit of sweet aroma, like a syrup. The smell betrays you. The taste is nothing like it.

On the mouth, there is an exceeding dryness and astringency that seems to suck the moisture right out of your mouth. There is a bit of sour, which is obviously anticipated. But the sour doesn't seem to fit in. It just sloshes around in the mouth.

A bit more bitterness on the finish than you expect as well.

I don't know that I would buy it again. It's quite flat, one dimensional. The sour simply is there for, well, I don't know why its there. It's just a bolt on to a typical trappist ale.

Just for the record bottled on 10/2/11, good through 10/2/16.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of keithmurray
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark copper color with fluffy tan head

smell - green apple,citrus, yeast, funk, cider

taste - tart apple,citrus,pear, yeast, clove, cinnamon, taste is complex

mouthfeel - medium bodied, fully carbonated, sweet/tart upfront, dry/slightly bitter in the finish

overall - such a great beer, one of my all time favorites, good complexity, yet highly drinkable

Price Point - $5.69/11.2oz bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of davey101
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 20/02/2008, best before 20/02/3013B. Four and a half years old. Little 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

A - Dark clear amber body. Massive fluffy head with a rather ugly light tan color. Massive bubbles that took a nice swirling to clean up. Tons of lacing and retention.

S - Perfect. This is the definitive Brettanomyces aroma. A barnyard funk that is pleasant but approaching offensive, light grass and lemons, just a touch of biscuity crackers and ripe apples on the finish. Some warming alcohol as well.

T - Funky hay, rich cheese, lemon grass, pears, crackers, chalk, sweet caramel and a subtle minty herbal finish. This beer is just so complex. I'm just getting so many odd and unique flavors that I'm struggling to pinpoint them all. Yet it comes off as well balanced and simple. Its just...Orval. I've never had a beer taste like this. Mouth feel is effervescent and well carbonated.

O - Theres nothing quite like this beer. Matilda and Rayon Vert may be homages to this beer, but they just can't compete with the insane complexity and high drinkability of this. Age has also turned this into a brett bomb. World class for sure.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark caramel gold the color of a super ripe banana. Slight haze. Head is pillowy, massive, and off-white. Slightly sticky lacing. Solid carbonation. Head drops to a chunky cap and collar.

Smell: Banana, powdery yeast. Apples and pears. Some candi sugar and caramel sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch of melon rind and straw. Slight pale malt coupled with darker caramel malts. Touch of phenols on the back. Faint Brett backing. Clove and banana.

Taste: Yeast. Powdery and mildly earthy. Ripe banana and some mild spiciness. Clove and some phenol. Touches of caramel, candi sweetness, and some graham cracker. Biscuit and hay. Pale malts. Slightly cooked grains. Belgian yeast and a nice earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body with a solid carbonation. Very clean.

Overall: Odd, very odd. Heavy Belgian influence, but so earthy it's confusing. I'm a little sad it took me this long to try this beer. It's good, with an extremely unique profile.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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