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

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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.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orval has an exceptionally huge, spongy, off-white head, extremely thick lacing left behind, and a brilliant, orange appearance, with numerous, tight bubble streams. After swishing the bottom contents and pouring it in, one will notice a thick, descending orange-gray cloud. The aroma is of funky, sweet, pungent yeast, with an overriding horse stall smell. Taste is of some grain husk, sugar, hard candy, caramel, yeast funk, fruit, salt water taffy, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is light, prickly, and somewhat slimy, and Orval finishes sweet, rich, dry, and delicious. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, and all beer enthusiasts should try it!


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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval goblet (finally connected brew with glass!)

bottled on: 8/30/2012
best by: 8/30/2017
drank: 8/8/2013

L: huge head -- biggest head I've seen from a beer poured into a goblet, well over 1/2-inch of tan foam that does not disipate quickly, very thick and full with some of the largest bubbles I've seen. the brew is murky brown/caramel.

S: light and fruity -- definite sweetness. bananas. in fact, most banana-like smell I've encountered ... big banana sweet, almost turning into a bubble gum smell. unique.

T: saisonlike -- dry white wine without the sweet finish. bananas, and showing some sweetness as it warms up; slight hints of alcohol; white wine/soured grapes ... and then near the end: a passing hint of grassiness. was that hops?

F: super carbonation combined with a full but still light weight.

O: reminds me of saisons, hefeweizens, tripels but still unique, especially in the nose. the alcohol does kick in, but it definitely packs a smaller punch than the Belgian strong pale ale. overall, it's not my favorite style, but it's very easy to see the greatness in this brew ...

bonus points: the Orval fish logo is as bad-ass as they come.

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Duvel'esque topper of fine knit and long lasting off white. Brownish bronze and quite cloudy beer looks thick, all right.

Light funk and lemon tart, a touch of candy sweet, spice and herbs as well provide a fragrant treat.

Spicy lemon drops, pepper and earth, deep tart tangy funk, lingering bite. For many folks this would be overkill, for me it's a delight.

Spritzy feel, full bodied for style to say the least, unreal, but hints of resin builup make a great, not perfect, feel.

I love this beer. For true sincere.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,398 ratings.
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