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.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A: Pours a hazy copper-orange with a very large, rocky, eggshell white head. Leaves large ring lacing

S: Floral and sweet, with hints of orange peel and pineapple. Slight earthy/funky tones that become more present as the beer warms, definitely from the yeast.

T: Surprising light and delicate on the palate. Barnyard/earthy notes right up front. Old world hops are present but not at all intrusive. Grass and hints of very dry cider. This beer is quite dry.

M: Medium body with moderate to mild carbonation.

O: An extremely unique, complex and delicate beer as only the Belgians can create. Someone with a sophisticated palate could find some quite interesting and satisfying food pairings with this brew. This classic trappist ale is definitely one to try if you are Belgian beer enthusiast or just love beer in general.

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

This beer was poured into a pint glass and I found it wonderfully enchanting. This is one of those beers that you know you are going to love just from the way it pours into the glass. I asked the bartender at Brazil craft beer what his favorite was and this is what he gave me. At first I thought he had picked it to boost up my bar tab but after the first glance knew it was going to be special.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 11.2 oz brown bottle with the distinctive Orval curvature. Label is marked with a bottling date of 18/08/2011 and an enjoy by date five years after that. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter. Far from the first time I've tried this beer, but the first time I've sat down with a bottle and made a point to note all the intricate details of what I'm tasting.

Appearance - Pours a deep copper brown with some faint reddish clay-like undertones topped by an eggshell colored head of about two fingers thick, and that's with a fairly gentle pour. Big and rocky, with great retention and solid but spread-out lacing with distinct but faint ringing. Certainly darker than what most people (myself included) would expect from a pale ale, even one of the Belgian distinction, but Orval isn't really an easily-classified beer.

Smell - A complex combination of fruity phenols and floral overtones, but a more funky, musty element, like barnyard, but without the tartness that you'll get from some beers that have been fermented with a strain of Brett. The aroma is more dank, with some bits of malty sweetness coming through as well.

Taste - This particular version is heavy on a blend of the darker fruits--most notably raisin and date--along with a fair amount of pungent bitterness. Some notes of grapefruit rind, dandelion green and bittering spirits comes through, as well as some faint esters reminiscent of rich red wine, like cabernet sauvignon.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Mostly dry finish.

Overall, a beer that seems to vacillate wildly from bottle to bottle and depending on age. I've had some that were overpowering hop bitterness and funk, others that were floral and slightly fruity, and still others that hint at the darker fruits of your classic Belgian dark ales and quads. It's an enigma to be sure. One that I always enjoy, but I lament the inability to find it very fresh in the U.S., especially after getting to have some that was about 3 months after bottling when I visited Brussels a couple years ago. No matter, as the weirdness and complexity of this beer is what always draws me back. More often than not, if I go to a bottle shop looking for a beer without luck, but don't want to leave empty-handed, I'll grab a bottle of Orval. If you don't like it the first time you try it, I still would encourage you to give it another try.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,451 ratings
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