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

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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:
#1,157
Reviews:
2,372
Ratings:
5,500
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
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361
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Ratings: 5,500 |  Reviews: 2,372
Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. As recommended, I poured with aggression. Tons of head, but it quickly dissipated. A beautiful orange color emerged. Nose is bread, caramel, a bit of cherry, fig, and a bit of tree bark. Taste is really interesting. A slight bitterness up front - a bit hoppy and piney. Definitely a layer of citrus peel, cherries, raisins, and some wheat notes. Mouthfeel is relatively dry, with a citrus peel aftertaste. Overall, a really nicely crafted beer.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tshute
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manthon
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyProfane
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeman
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 9300Beerlover
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of akopczyk
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hophazzard
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Skitaos
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dawon
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

굉장히 특이하지만 굉장히 완성도 높은 맥주라 생각합니다.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured 1 year after bottling.
Body is beautiful clear copper, highly effervescent, producing a huge, dense, white head that lasts for days.
Spice on the nose - nutmeg and cinnamon - as well as some caramel malt, and banana, but mild the latter.
Flavour falls flat. Mineral and metallic, with a very dry, long finish. Hints of the malts and spice, but quite subtle. Champagne-like carbonation, and a medium body. Alcohol heat lingers.
This is actually a well crafted beer, with a great mouthfeel and magnificent appeal in the glass - too bad the flavour doesn't follow suit. It's like licking a tin can. Might try another to see if it was a bad batch, or fresher is better.

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Photo of amesetz
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well well well. Finally realized how legendary this beer was and went and picked one up. Have been really into wild sour beers and kind of realized that this one an OG. Very bretty on the nose, deep copper color, and SUPER high carbonation. Orval (overall), solid Trappist ale, but a little too effervescent and carbonated for my routine beer selects. Still would recommend giving it a whirl though..

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Photo of Afeo
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A defining Belgian blonde.

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Photo of Tschude
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,500 ratings