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

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4.21/5
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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:
#969
Reviews:
2,351
Ratings:
5,424
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
930
Trade:
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Photo of Heavenisbeer
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%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: May 2011
Opened/notes from: Nov 2011

Orval has a pretty yet rustic appearance. Misty-hazy and pink-amber in color. Half liquid / half foam on pour - a pearly, sticky, cotton candy-like foam that collapses somewhat fast but with abundant replenishment throughout.

A complex potpourri of aromas: hoppy, first off - spicy/floral, very (arguably) resiny. A little bit of caramel (malt) poking through, but just a kiss. Only tiny hints of funk (early) - ultimately smells most similar to a (fruited) lambic as far as its brett influence goes. Lastly, something like strawberry(?) extract? A vibrant overall smell, with some depth.

On my palate, a warm saison-like spice is the first sensation, not to mention some musty, slightly twangy, and haystack nuances. The hops lend some firm bitterness, for sure, but the alcohol (and, to a lesser extent, malt flavors) helps keep balance. Malt is there, perhaps lending to the golden raisin and subtle sweetness I'm tasting, however, it seems muted by the brett and hops. The hops really round things out nicely - something I hadn't given much attention to in the past.

My first impression of its body is: "compact"- not thin, not syrupy, like an extract/syrup thinned with liqueur. A wee bit warming.

Orval reveals something different every time I've had it - every experience enjoyable.

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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous hazy orange with a gigantic off-white head.

The smell is amazing! Vey similar smelling to a white wine. Grapes, oranges, and a little grapefruit. There is a little pine and nuttiness followed by sweet sugary smell. A little boozey but in a nice way.

Tastes of sweet malts with an extremely crisp and refreshing hop note. Very citrusy and grapey like the nose. It's kinda funky, not in a horse blanket kind of way but it has a slight twang to it. Extremely well balanced. Extremely refreshing.

Nicely carbonated. Not very thick and is easily quaffable (I wouldn't dare though)

A truly unique Belgian ale. Very distinct and delicious.

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2.31/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First time in a bar. Stupid, I know.

Pours a hazy dull orange, Decent white head with what looks like cultures of bacteria or fungi floating on top of it.

Smells strongly of yeast. Slight hints of brett.

Taste is basically yeast. I cant get over the yeast. It fills my mouth entirely, leaving no room for any other flavors. Tone down the yeast, and this might be a great beer, but as is not so much.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,424 ratings
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