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%
 
 
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358
Gots:
901
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: light gold, orange with a huge foamy head, No lacing.

s: big, big, big grannysmith apples, saison breadiness.

t: dry, dry funky brett flavors and some sweet caramel malt. The Brett is supplying a lot of bitterness, no fruity, sweet tartness, just bitter yeast, not great.

Not as a great as some would say, maybe it's an old bottle, but I was expecting this to be bright and flavorful, but it is rather dry and bitter, the bitterness does not add anything to the beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chalice glass from a 330 ml bottle

App – colour amber/orange but very cloudy ; a 4-finger dense beige/off-white head long lasting.

Aroma – Bread and barley with a touch of wet ground

Taste – Balanced sweetness with alcohol presencedriving to a moderate bitterness into the finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Medium/soft carbonation.

Overall - a wonderful trappist ale. To revisit again and again. Nuff said.

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Belgian Pale Ales are somewhat of a mystery to me – hard to nail down the style characteristics in my head. I always expect more than I actually get. That said, this is a very good and somewhat unique beer that I will always drink.

A – Pours a golden orange, cloudy (-), well carbonated, with a 4-finger dense off-white head. A very long lasting head with wonderful Belgian lacing.

S – Bready with a hint of funk, lemon/orange, hint of herbal spiciness.

T – Crisp, clean, hint of sweetness in the middle, moderate bitterness into the finish.

MF – Medium bodied. A champagne bite from the carbonation. Dry start and finish.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came in the classic Orval bottle, served in a tulip glass.

A: Medium amber, aggressive carbonation did not allow the whole bottle to be poured into the glass at once. 2-3 finger spongy head reduced to a half finger head that stuck around almost to the end.

S: Pilsner like smell, with either fig or date. Faded somewhat.

T: Strong malt with late bitterness. Date flavors.

M: Very malty with bursting carbonation.

O: This seems like a fairly strong pale ale to me, nice and malty with the best appearance I've ever seen to date. There is just some character missing that I expected from a malty trappist. Good, but pricey.

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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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