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:
5,393
Reviews:
2,347
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
915
For Trade:
11
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Photo of CahirKeane
2.33/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of MKV
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lovely golden color and a grainy, somewhat funky nose. The taste amps up the funk, with some fruitiness, some grain, and some bitterness. While complex, it doesn't seem incredibly well balanced. Also leaves a bitter taste at the end, which sticks around for some time. I'd like to try a more aged version of it at some point.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trentt2
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber, and a satisfying head that does stick. I utilised a dutch la trappe glass and works well for the brew.

Aroma is definitely on the sour side of the spectrum, but you do get plenty of fruits, fig, banana, spiced apple.

Taste is not quite as rewarding, it has an artificial aspect, which sticks in the throat during the aftertaste. ABV is on the low side for this style of beer too.

I'm picking holes, it is a good beer, just not quite hitting the mark for me. Belgium has a couple of thousand brews to compete with, and there are better tipples.

.......Still, well worth a quaff or three.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/01/2011, BBD 12/01/2016 and now it is 2017 so this one aged more than 6 years in the bottle. Therefore this beer could differ from the original taste.. and so it does: there is no head but in fact this beer is very lively! A lot of bubbles like little pearls...colour is a red copper. Nose: sweet, olive, honey, sherry, ripe peaches. First impression is pleasently dry, very lively, followed by an alcoholic and bitter finish. Aftertaste is herbal and longlasting. As it warms up taste is more fruity and more on the liqorice-side. One of the best beers I had, really noble and the best thing in my opinion is this fizzy, dry taste just like a rosé-champagne.

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Photo of mnine
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Flyingcar28
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ericcmay
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroof1
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Metalsnota
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. Massive foamy white head with ridiculous retention and great lacing.

S: Subtle... sweet Belgian candy sugars, lemon drop candy, and citrusy hops. Floral.

T/F: Candy sugars.... surprisingly light. Mild sweetness rapidly kicked down by citrus rind, hay, and mild tartness. Hopping is present for bittering and aroma... really brings this back to earth. Phenolic and yeasty... floral and spicy... so much going on here. Effervescent and zesty on the tongue. Finish is a bit sticky with some citrus. Draws you back for another sip far too soon.

O: A fantastic Belgian Pale... great complexity, flavor, and subtlety. One I will be re-visiting as frequently as possible.

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Photo of BCborn
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nousername
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a fairly murky red to brown sort of color with a two finger's worth of rocky foamy head that glistened and slid off at a good pace. Lace was somewhat thick and foamy and sticky.
The aroma had a swift sweet to funky barnyard hay/grassy whiff. Roamed nicely into some basement stiffness and had some floral particles coming out to play with a little bit of a brisk earthiness.
The flavor was odd, well, it had that vinous quality that seemed to want to pummel the funk, but in reality, it didn't. So in turn, the earthiness, basement, and floral hop quality played a good part in and all around. Aftertaste seemed to cherish the funk and embrace the wine quality.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, maybe a touch under with a good sipping quality to it due to the wine harshness. Carbonation felt fine, maybe a bit high, but I gave it a "restrained pour" to assist in the containment. ABV felt good.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian pale ale, not one for the faint of heart but definitely nothing else like it.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at the 6 months mark after bottling

L - reddish-brown amber color, almost copper. Carbonation like a good sparkling wine.
S - funky farmhouse smell of hay and horse stable. Citrussy, almost white wine-y.
T - citrussy, champagne-y funkiness of yeasty sour apples, hay and a hint of horse stable. Grassy hoppiness. A really crisp and ’green’ taste, with a beautiful hoppy bitter after taste, but still exquisitely well-balanced
F - nothing of note. Not watery. Not syrup-y. A nice sparkly carbonation like those in sparkling wines.

O - this is my favorite beer to date, period, and the beer that got me interested in craft beer. Upon first serve it simply smacks you in the face with its uniqueness, without being over-the-top. It is so amazingly well balanced in its farmhouse characteristics and its beer-y/hoppiness, and I haven’t really found any other beer that I have gotten so utterly smitten about. It reminds me of my childhood hometown: it is simply the countryside in a glass. If Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony were a beer. This would be it.

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Photo of CamilleGege
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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