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

33cl bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice …

A- Dark amber, cloudy color. White head with high effervescence. Nice pillowy lacing that stays with the beer to the end.

S- subtle in the aroma department. Faint citrus with

T- dry twang that sets this beer apart from any other I have tasted. A truly unique flavor. A bit of a unsweetened tea with lemon taste up front, quickly replaced with an extremely dry with pleasant spice finish. First taste presents itself sort of simplistic, but as you delve into the beer, its elegant complexity becomes more and more apparent.

MF- refreshing and moderate ABV which does not present itself. Plenty of carbonation

O- This beer is like no other out there that I have come across. It’s definitely one of those beers that a certain percentage of people will not appreciate. It may even be said to have an acquired taste. While I find this beer a bit pricey, I do enjoy revisiting it from time to time.

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Photo of rangerred
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy dark orange with a 2 finger thick white head. Retention is awesome. The head simply refuses to fade away!

Smell is very orangy and yeasty with also a bit of juniper.

Taste is citrusy up front with apple and orange. Orange being predominant. There is also a woody note along with a slight tartness from the yeast. Bitterness is present throughout but really becomes noticeable toward the finish. The beer finishes with a long lasting dryness.

Overall this is a unique beer. Maybe not the the best Belgian out there but it is different from other ones and a beer that everyone should try.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

11.2 oz bottle, bottlen on 8/1 drank on NYE 2011

A: Orange Cloudy, similiar to a hef but darker, lots of rising bubbles forming a huge white cloudy head. Left a wall of lacing. Impressive.

S:That distinct sweet belgian yeast smell, hard candy, some nutmeg maybe?, hints of orange rinds

T: Very complex, a lot going on, sugary pixie stick sweetness, some cloves/spice as well, a kiss of hops gives it a dry champagne like finish.

M: Really carbonated, has a crisp clean dryness to it that I liked, alcohol is not overly pronounced at all. Drinkable but a tad to sweet for me to have more than 1.

O: Really enjoyed this brew, although I have certainly enjoyed other beers more but I would say everyone should try this atleast once.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/6/10.

A: Gorgeous look to this one. Dark amber body, with a two-finger cloud white head with great retention and enough lacing to make you wanna take a spoon to the sides of the glass to get your money's worth. Hazy, as the yeast is still hanging around.

S: The yeast is front and center. Smells like a combination between a sour and a saison, with barnyard funk and harsh tartness paving the way for some light fruits and oak-y blasts. This doesn't smell like other Trappist ales I've had--it's much more sour in the nose (I'm hoping the bottle isn't infected).

T: I absolutely love sours, but I didn't expect this to be this sour, and although it's not actually offputting, I'm hoping that there's nothing wrong with the beer. That said, this one is funky and tart from the get go. There are hints throughout of some light fruits (apple peel, pear, lemons) and some oak-y notes on the backend, but this is mostly sour.

M: Tart, bubbly, and extremely dry.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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