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
Ratings:
5,359
Reviews:
2,335
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
358
Gots:
901
For Trade:
11
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Photo of toscanoigor
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitburger
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very bitter, should by enjoyed at a temperature round 60°. There cheese is even better. Try their bread!

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Photo of CPAles
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reinforces my love of the Belgian style. It looks, smells and tastes great. I can see how this type of ale has influenced many craft breweries.

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Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomb_ride
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of professorchow
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ealanjones
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mscudder
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a pretty fresh bottle - bottled in September of this year (so not expecting much Brett). Pours a hazy amber orange, with a HUGE frothy Brett induced head that leaves tons of lacing and diffuses into strange shapes. Aroma has very light funkiness, mainly a clean biscuit malt tone with hints of lemon. Refreshing and full taste/mouthfeel, lemon bitterness from noble hops. Tart finish but smooth throughout. A delicious Belgian pale.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjacobsr
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

**
03/14/15

Bottle to glass, at Parc, Philadelphia.

AROMA: Excellent bready yeasty aroma.
LOOK: Dark yellow (light Orange) color. Bubbly head.
TASTE: Tasty. Yeast, but not too much wang. Dark fruits, raisin and such.
FEEL: Bubbly and good drinking.

Great peripherals, and a well crafted ale, but the taste is not as amazing as I remember from years ago. Still very good.

**

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Photo of AJmon13
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miket13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lipa
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head. Blonde amber color. 20% opaque.

Belgian yeast , clove, spices, bubble tape, rotted banana.

Quite a bit of water and hop out front followed with bubble gum and clove. Mostly tasteless after that.

Fizzy and carbonated.

It's okay. Just really surprised that this beer underwhelmed me so much. Meh.

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Photo of ashleyciatu
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like a sour!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a transparent golden amber color with a massive, rocky white head that sticks around for the entirety of the beer and leaves lots of chunky lacing in it's wake.

Smell is complex. I get barnyard funk, tart lemon, peppery spice, and a sour apple scent reminiscent of cider.

Taste is similar with the addition of banana. Slightly tart. Flavors are more muted in the taste than the smell.

Feel is too light with a dry finish. Very carbonated, but almost too much so.

Overall a solid beer. I can appreciate why it is looked so highly upon, but it is probably not a beer that I would revisit.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,359 ratings.
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