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Brewed by Brasserie Orval

Orval, Belgium

Style:  Belgian Ale

6.2% Alcohol by Volume

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The gustative sensations will gain in nuance depending on the age of the beer. Young beer is characterised by a bouquet of fresh hops, with a fruity note and pronounced bitterness, light on the palate and a less firm collar than a beer of six months. The latter will feature a bouquet consisting of a blend of fragrances of yeast and old-fashioned hop. The bitterness is more diffuse and the taste has moved to a slight touch of acidity accompanying yeast and caramel flavours. Served without its sediments, a beer of six months or more, has a particularly bright appearance. It will be less so, if it is served at a temperature below 7°C to 8°C (44° - 45°C). The brewery indicates the bottling and best-by dates directly on the label. Every consumer can thus easily know the age of an Orval beer, and whether it should be consumed rapidly or less so, depending on whether one likes this beer young, or after a few months or years in the cellar.

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Overall Rank54
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank1 of 1071
Style Percentile99.9
Lowest Score1.8
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.127
Weighted Score4.105
Standard Deviation0.643

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  • FISHINGFAST 603 reviews
    rated 2.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    Well I'm going to be the odd man out because I'm not going to rate this anywhere as high as everyone else. Yes the appearance and extremely frothy head were very good. I found it to be very watery and couldn't stand the taste at all. I poured samples out of the bottle to three other beer drinkers and none of them liked the taste either.

  • PALEALERIDER 2142 reviews
    rated 4.1 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    On my bottle shows 6.9%abv. Pours an unbelievable amount of foamy, bubbly head that gives off patchy lacing. Has a pale golden appearance. Aromas of yeast, malts and herbal hops with hints of coriander. Flavours are mainly Belgian yeast, floral and citrus hops, orange peel. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Slight warming sensation. Quite excessive carbonation. Almost full bodied. Great stuff!

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a shiny golden amber with a massive fluffy head that takes its sweet ass time. Massive amount of lacing. This monster is heavily carbonated not unlike a champagne. Aroma is very heavy of apple juice and has a spicy kick to it. Taste is not like any of the other Trappist I have had. Has a pleasant dryness with a low spice kick to it. Has a different taste to it in the back that reminds me of a frozen pizza. head is slightly metallic. Burns a little on the way down. Finishes off dry with a slight apple flavor. Very high quality beer this one is but i will stick with the Rochefort sisters.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A fine beer, unique in taste. It’s been on our drinking list for many years and we consume it almost every beer tasting evening. Nice bitter aroma and taste with decent foam head.

  • GIVMEBEER 794 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a hazy orange with a whitish head.Great retention not much lacing.Yeast,fruity,flowery,citrus aroma.Flavour is spicy, sour, hoppy and bready.Medium mouthfeel.Tis good but give me a stout any day.

  • RICHSBEER 1651 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    pour cloudy orangeish in color, large foamy head, with great staying power. has wonderful aroma with a decent taste with only a slight trace of bitterness.

  • KEAL 114 reviews
    rated 4.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    It took me a few tries to appreciate this ale, and glad I did! My first impression was that this was a really weak-tasting Trappist ale. While it is very tame compared to the quads offered by other trappists, I somehow kept longing to resample Orval. I bought a few more, and am amazed at how well-crafted this simple ale is! Just a solid offering! This is not an expensive brew when compared to other trappist offerings, but is expensive if you compare it to typical craft beers that you might buy for session drinking (meaning drinking more than 1 or 2 in a night). If I am drinking to get drunk, and I want to do it in style, this is the one! The only trappist ale that I would consider for a night of hard drinking. The other trappists, it's all about complex tastes, sitting back in your chair and savoring their changing flavors. Orval is a simple, clean, straightforward taste that's more complex than standard drinks, and asks you to have more than just one. Highly, highly, highly recommended!

  • OLENAMIRONYCHEV 77 reviews
    rated 4.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Known as the quiet trappist, Orval is the finest example of a Golden Belgian Ale. The golden hues are slightly hazed and topped by a huge white heat. Yeast and spices complement the citrusy natures perfectly....a beery symphony on the tongue.

  • MUKATSUKUU 8 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    there can be only one ... like this No trappist like it, the orangy colour, the touches of citrus and Coriander...just heavenly. One that you should learn to appreciate maybe, not en easy starter but an acquired taste

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    One of my first intros to Belgian beers almost 6 years ago. Then it was strange and I struggled to finish the few I ordered. Now... Its pretty friggin good, though not the best, and not the best belgian. It seems a bit like a low alcohol quad... regular belgian bells and whistles... candi sugar, complex big yeast tones, fruity and effervescent, orange peel, peppery, bit of port or madiera. Seems a touch tannic even in moments, but that could be thinking about madiera... Malts are belgian, sweet, yet svaoury, like a cooked yam. Its good.

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