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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dwagner003
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of raynmoon
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jetulio
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Sludgeman
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 4/12/12. Best before 4/10/17.

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of fizzgig
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,378 ratings.
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