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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
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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
Ranking:
#960
Reviews:
2,349
Ratings:
5,412
Liked:
4,736
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
12.35%
Alströms:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
924
Trade:
11
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled 29/02/2012. Used to love this beer and previously rated it a 4.6, but it's now been quite a while since i've been drinking a really great one

A- Unattractive, murky dark orange, with some brighter shades if seen through light. Healty, dense 2 fingers white head that shows very good retention while also leaving loads of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Fresh and sharply bitter herbal/grassy aroma with an earthy/bretty note on the back of things. Some citric hints may also be detected

T- A slight touch of malt sweetness (caramel) is soon overwhelmed by a strong yeasty character, which brings notes of funk along with a bit of spiciness. Nice dose of hop bitterness (though maybe not as bitter as the smell suggested), with strong citric (definitely lemon) and grapefruit notes in evidence. Overall slighty more on the earthy side than the smell suggested

M- Medium to full bodied with quite strong, sharp carbonation. Very lively on the tongue, still decently creamy on the palate thanks to the everlasting head. Very much a raw mouthfeel

O- Has a quite unique, peculiar bittering profile that does not make it an easy drinker, though i would still consider this one as a quite refreshing ale. Overall, a super-yeasty, unique beer that is packed with flavour, though it's been a lot of tries since i last found that amazing complexity and balance that i'm still expecting everytime i'm trying one of these

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Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark orange and amber in color with a huge, incredibly persistent off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines and rings and webs of lacing down the glass. Superb.

Incredibly fresh, pungent, hoppy, and funky aroma, even after 2+ years of aging in my cellar. There's lots of citrus, white fruits like apples and pears, mild funk, earth, hay, and grass. This is what I look for in a Belgian pale.

The flavor is more bitter and funk-forward than I would have imagined after experiencing the aroma. There's still good amounts of white fruit, earthiness, and grass flavors, but the bitterness and funk are dominant. Mind you, I'm not complaining.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I wouldn't say "No" to another, that's for sure. This is delightful.

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First review... here goes!

bottle, served in a tulip, bottled 06/10/11.

A - Dark pale, coppery, rusty. Quite cloudy. Not what I was expecting, but... intriguing. Monster, slightly off-white head with some big, big bubbles forming.Leaves a nice lacing. Pleasing stringers of tiny bubbles abound.

S - Suprisingly unfragrant, but what there is is nice. Orange citrus, spicy/peppery, subtle notes of Brett on the the first sniff - "wet hay" - but not much after. Hadn't realised this was going to be a bit sour - nice surprise!

T - Whoa! Again, another surprise. Was expecting malt from the colour, but dominant impression is "structural" - bitter, hoppy, very, very dry, slightly yeasty, slightly sour. Very little fruit. Mineral, flinty character, almost like a chablis. Front edge is all bitterness, with the mouthfeel (if not flavour) of banana-y esters, easing out into very light citrus zest, then a long tail of... all sorts. Definite notes of bitter leafy greens - rocket, dandelion. Bitter hops. Woody deliciousness, with a hint of oak. Peppery. Gets gradually sweeter. For a fairly strong beer though, surprisingly thin/watery. Flavours are great, but quite subtle. First thought was "What the...?", but a few mouthfuls later, was fantastic.

M - Nice. Very light, high carb. Almost champagne-like. Perhaps a little watery.

O - Very unusual; very nice. Not one for the regular circulation, but definitely a must try.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 5,412 ratings
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