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%
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
912
For Trade:
11
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Photo of themind
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent trappist! this beer is top notch. Being sold only in singles for around $6.00 this beer is a must have for any Belgium beer lover.

The carbonation has good balance with the crisp mouthfeel. The taste is one of the best I have had and the aroma is mouth watering.

Bottom line: You want a World Class beer...look no further!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mechanicalprints
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Ferraez
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Swuntly
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st review!

Bottle dated 12/30/2009

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with 3 fingers of clumpy beige head that sticks around forever. Nice sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Green apple, barnyard funk, lemon zest, slight dry hop smell as well. Great smelling beer.

T - Follows the nose almost exactly with slightly tart green apple and just a hint of citrus up front followed by a touch of Bretty funk. Nice slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium body and ample carbonation leaves an amazing dryness.

O - Wow. I didn't expect to like this beer THIS much. I'd like to try a fresher bottle to compare this against, but this really is astounding.

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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 10, 2011

A: Pours a great deep tangerine copper with massive froth dome.

S: Banana spiciness that gracefully kisses the nose

T: Taste is way better then the previous bottles ive cracked. A forward flavor is all brett with simple and tame esters that bite at the taste buds. Slight spices mixed with orange peel are quite prominent.

M: Fuller and thicker then the last bottle that i had which ended up watery and dull/muddled in flavor. Sharp and dry

O: A great tasting beer that offers great subtle complexities of the trappist style. Not my favorite but definitely a go to belgian. If seen at a bar i wont hesitate to order me on.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint.
Pours a brown golden color with thick froathy foam.
Hop belgian yeast aroma, slightly malty and sweet with a dose of brett..
Taste is of slightly hoppy belgian yeasts, crisp, refreshing, malty, and a bit of banana and pepper. The brett really shines. Finishes nice and dry.
excellent BPA. The hops shine but are subtle and blend well. You cant go wrong with this one.

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz. standard pressure cap bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color with a creamy two-finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Looks appealing.

S: Tangerine-like citrus with Belgian yeast. A bit of alcohol in the background. Smells refreshing.

T: Tangerine peels up front carry all the way through to a bitter finish. There are some nice spicy yeast notes in the middle. The finish has some salty qualities that I'm not sure I like.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry finish. I would have liked a bit more carbonation here to go with the citric flavors.

D: This is very different from the other Trappist beers I've had to date. The hop character is interesting and it's easy to drink. Although it's not my favorite Trappist beer, I think it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light amber from the bottle, with a large creamy tan head that stays through the last drop.
Smells of Lemon and grass. Tasty lemon floral hops and pepper a little sour and very creamy with a dry hop finish.
Very smooth in your mouth bready, a real winner of a Belgian Ale.
I give this one an overall of 5.0 it is world class in all points.

Thanks To Jason at Epps Beverage for this bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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