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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
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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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle, served in a chimay goblet, bottled on June 8, 2010.

A - Darker side of pale with 1.5" robust, frothy head

S - Bitter hops, mixed with the slightly sour scent of brett. Very appetizing.

T - A very pleasant bitter mixed with a slight yeast comes in just before the carbonation. The carbonation and taste are tasted at the same time, even though the carbonation level is high. Quite delightful. Barnyard funk comes in afterward with dandelion. Unusual, but delicious.

M - Good amount of carbonation, exemplary representation of the style.

Wow. What a delight. One of my favorite pale ales for sure. Got another couple in the cupboard. Ill let them age a bit, see how they mature.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass - bottled 6/10/11, almost a year old

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head. active carbonation throughout the beer.

S: A mixture of citrus and brett funk work very well together. This beer smells quite dry but I get a good amount of lemon and grapefruit from the yeast. Very nice.

T: Bitter and dry, I get some brett funkiness in the way of wet hay, but do not get any of the citrus that I got in the aroma. I was expecting a bit more citrus and juiciness, though I knew it would be very dry. I do get some bready malts behind the bitterness and funk, but little to no sweetness.

M: Very light with very high prickly carbonation.

O: I remember this being better on previous occasions. The aroma was a very nice mixture of citrus and funkiness, but the flavor didn't quite pack the intensity I was expecting from the aroma. Decent nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most original and funkiest beers ever made! Drinking it makes me feel like I am walking through a hay field during the early harvest. Lots of cows grazing around in the fields, freshly pollinated flowers, and funky fresh smells all on the wind. Love the beer, have had it fresh (less than three months old) and aged (3+ years in bottle), and I love it every time. Every bottle is different but the funk and the pure farm freshness remains each time.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange color with a slight haze and a more robust head than expected. The aroma is very yeasty with fruit overtones and a bit of spice. The taste is complex, quite malty with spice, to the sweet side but just a trace of bitterness and less pronounced fruit than the aroma. The yeast tang is there but less predominant than with many Belgians. The body is medium heavy and it has medium high carbonation.

Overall, it's a very distinctive beer and one I would recommend even to those who shy from trappist ales.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the aroma was an immediate pineapple scent. By far, this was the highlight for me. Giving a slight head, the ale was a pale yellow with a moderate degree of cloudiness. The first taste sensation was a mild banana flavor which did not last long. Of course, this was the Belgian yeast shining though. The banana was accompanied by a tart woody flavor with a lemon notes. In some ways, the lemon reminded me of a saison. The flavors were balanced on an earthy backbone with a slightly sour aftertaste. It became obvious that this was a pale ale at this point. This Belgian pale ale was a unique experience. While I enjoyed it, I found myself wanting more from the beer. The Belgian yeasts seemed smothered by the other flavors.

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Appears a gorgeous, murky dark orange with some shades of brown. Crowned with an big, dense white head with excellent retention. Looks excellent.

S: Smells very fruity, with some apple, strawberry and banana flavors thrown around. Also some earthy funk, grain and booze evident.

T: Oh boy... initially grainy and fruity, with apple-y and subtle banana flavors. Then comes the funk, with a big, earthy, peppery spiciness with some vanilla and bitter flavors. Finishes dry with some grainy sweetness and some residual peppery flavors. Very different. I like.

M: Medium body with a smooth, creamy carbonation which suits the beer perfectly.

O: A terrific beer with a completely unique flavor profile. The earthiness of from the yeast, hops and brett make for a terrific, in-your-face drinking experience.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fluffy white three inch head on a slightly murky ruby-red beer. Tons of effervescence going on within the tulip. Clumptastic lacing and great head retention.

S- Undeniable Belgian yeast strain peppery spiciness. It's like a candied funk, hard to describe (albeit undeniable..yeah!).

T- Pale malts, "grape skin", some funk, bubble gum. So much going on. Tasty. Subtle sweet aftertaste. Hard to detect any alcohol, just want to keep drinking.

M- Creamy medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation bubbles.

D/O- The first sip of this beer is like a kick in the gonads but in your mouth. "What is this!?" Subsequent imbibing produces a flurry of happy chemical release in my brain. Really like nothing I've had before. This is classic. Highly recommended for Belgian beer fans.

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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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