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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
5,423 Ratings
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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Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. Bottle of this @ The Royale in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured from the oddly shaped bottle w/ a small Purple/Gold label into a 12oz Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 10/02/2011 & BEST BEFORE 10/02/2016 on the front label.

Aroma- A nicely planned aroma including fruity, bready, and funk attributes throughout. Sweet to the nose as well.

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Poured from a small bottle dated 5/20/2011 into a Chimay chalice. The beer has a beautiful clear copper-orange color with a large frothy head and nice effervescence. The nose is somewhat subdued, yeasty, and slightly fruity. I'm getting pears, apples, and some flowery hop notes. I don't get any Brett notes on the nose.

The taste is quite dry and appetizing and the mouthfeel is firm and lively from the carbonation, especially at the back of the mouth. There is a mild biscuity malt flavor in the front of the palate. This is followed by a nice soft champagne-like dryness at mid-palate. There is a very faint, almost lemony, Brett sourness in the back of the mouth. The finish is mild and a bit disappointing. For me, those sour notes just don't linger very well.

This beer has an interesting combination of appetizing dryness and slight, acidic sourness. The sourness is not biting, but rather just a bit of a pinch to add to the finish and let you know it's there. This is far from my favorite beer, but it is a world classic and something for beer lovers to revisit from time to time.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,423 ratings
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