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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
Ranking:
#989
Reviews:
2,353
Ratings:
5,435
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
934
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,435 |  Reviews: 2,353
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Philousa
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark tan with a thick three finger head. Takes a while to settle down, but it's not out of control. Belgian yeast is the showcase for the nose. Banana, allspice, some beligan pale malt aroma and some sweet caramel. Lighter than I was expecting. The taste is thoroughly bitter with a light body. Most spices come through well in taste, allspice and pepper mostly, but it's mild. Tart lemon zest lingers with the bitterness. Medium moutfheel, well balanced. Dry finish.

This was very mild. I can tell that there are complexities in here, but it's hard to coax out of the glass. I get more malt aroma with a good swirl, which showcases the grains well, but the yeast really doesn't stand out as much as I think it should. I feel pretentious saying how this beer should be brewed, one that has been brewed for hundreds of years, but hey, it's how I feel. I'm thinking this was built up too much for me and I wanted more complexity. It's a great Belgian Pale, but nothing spectacular.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/03/2011 and best by 10/03/2016.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber in color with a two finger tall foamy white head. This beer exhibited excellent head retention properties and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of green apples, lemon zest, barnyard funk, and spices/pepper. Quite complex and enticing.

T: Flavors of green apple with some brown sugar sweetness, followed by lemon zest and spices/pepper, and finish with a pleasant bitterness. A little of the funk is present as well and the flavors are complex.

M: Medium bodied with moderation to high amounts of carbonation. Mild acidity is present and the beer is crisp.

O: Great beer - a very well done Trappist beer. I'm really glad this is available at the local bottleshop because I have and will continue to enjoy this beer. Nice complexity in the aroma and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 11/17/10 and best by 11/17/15.

A: A slow pour resulted in a pillowy two finger head. This one has some carb.Good retention and heavy lacing throughout. Body is copper colored and fairly clear.

S: White pepper and clove. Bready yeast. Earthy barnyard funk and hay. Lemon citrus. Some floral notes that add a touch of sweetness to the aroma.

T: Like the nose but with much greater intensity. Heavy pepper and clove. Caramel pays a short visit. Waves of tart funk and breadiness...more like cracker than bread I suppose. The floral qualities come through mid-palate. Finishes bone dry with some fusel alcohol aftertaste.

M: Medium body, heavy carb. It’s mostly dry with some prickliness on the tongue. It warms you a bit.

O: Although this isn’t my favorite style, it is very easy to appreciate. Very complex and balanced despite the intensity of its flavors. The measuring stick for Belgian pales.

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Photo of travMI13
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What better way to break in an Orval goblet than with the beer itself? Also, this may be the freshest I have ever had this beer, and that was by design. 2011 vintage. Bottled on 10/2/2011. 12 oz. bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

A: Deep, golden orange with a finger of fluffy, white head. Excellent head retention with tons of lacing.

S: A mild fruity aroma with hints of hops and yeast. The smell is pretty mellow, but it is very inviting.

T: The subtle hint of sweet fruits like some sort of wild berries hits first, transitioning to caramel malts and caramelized sugar. I get slight yeasty funk next, followed up by a nice bitterness from the hops, finishing out with the sweetness that was there from the start. Whoa. It really has been a while since I've had this, and I must have missed it. This is incredibly complex.

M: Great carbonation, mild acidity, and near perfect balance. The flavor lingering on the mouth constantly changes and lures me back in for more. Wow.

O: Doing a formal review only confirms why this is a classic. It also reaffirms why one could argue that this is the class of the Trappist ales, and why it remains one of the best beers in the world. I can't believe I went a year or two without having it. This should be in both my refrigerator and cellar at all times.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I pour this sacred liquid into my goblet, Orval appears as a beautiful shade of clear copper, topped with a very puffy 1" white head. The aroma is rich and complex... I'm picking up spices, a yeasty 'farmhouse' funk, sugary malts, and various fruits- including green/sour apple, lemon and banana. What's unique about experiencing this beer is that the initial flavor and feel is crisp and peppery, with a subtle hint of hops, and the finish is a nice 'banana bread' aftertaste. Two quite different flavor effects merging together to form a tasty union. Absolutely delicious and drinkable anytime, and one of my favorite beers of all time.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,435 ratings
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