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

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BA SCORE
94
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4,776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,776
Reviews: 2,193
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 270
Gots: 598 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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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Ratings: 4,776 | Reviews: 2,193
Photo of Reedbrew
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Just not my thing. Compared to the taste of other Belgian Trappist beers this just doesn't impress me as much. Well-made but the flavor profile was a bit disappointing. Positives: excellent carbonation (maybe a bit too much though) and interesting bottle.

Photo of MrDell
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I,m a huge fan of Belgian beers and this is the best of the best in my opinion. Fantastic in every way.

Photo of Rootscipio
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/14/14 BB 1/14/19

Extremely lively carbonation takes several pours to get it in the glass. big white foaming head sits on top of the dark yellow liquid.
Smells of sweet malts and pears. Taste is of spices and pears with a touch of white grapes.
Feel is highly carbonated that dances across the palate but ends dry with a slightly wine after taste.

This is the start of my resolution for the summer to get a better baseline understanding of the classic Belgian beers . Orval is certainly not bad but not sure if I will return to it very often. I am certainly glad to have it under my belt however as far as beers I have experienced.

Photo of BWood
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Didn't live up to the hype for me. Herd great things from this brewery but I have to say I don't think I would buy again. So many other Belgium trappist I would choose over this.

Photo of grover37
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 13 and Sept 14 side by side. Didnt enjoy either, though fresher was better. Astringent mouthfeel from both.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. bottled on 4/15/13. drank 5/12/15

A caramel in colour with a huge head.

S green apple, light fruit, pears, brett funk

T taste follows the nose with green apple, pears, brett funk, slight spiciness.

M very carbonated. likely from the brett

O pretty good

Photo of KatieS5643
2.44/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This was a caramel colored beer, it had lots of foam when it was poured. It has a nutty scent to it. It tastes very sweet and you can definitely taste the nutty hints. It made me want to brush my teeth after consuming because it felt so sweet.

Photo of claudialeshok
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

small bubbles with an amber color. Malty and sweet

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I will pass on this one if it is offered up again.

Not my style.

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hate to be a Philistine, but I didn't like it. Too sweet and it tasted almost like wine.

Photo of Joseph01
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color - Mild brown

Aroma - Hint of spice, herbal

Palate - Smooth, sweet, spicy

Overall - Unique profile, good beer

Photo of Trombone69
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a classic. Awesome bottle. Nice big head, coming out the top of my stemmed glass. Complex smell and flavor, spices and sweetness and bitterness. Perfect mouthfeel. I'm just not sure I really enjoy the flavor, it's almost medicinal. I understand the appeal for others, but I just don't think I'll be looking for this anytime soon.

Photo of josanguapo
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compra: www.elcervecero.com
Opinion: Sabe un poco como a rancio. Desde luego es la trapense que menos me gusta, de lejos...

Photo of whitephi
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color. Malty and sweet

Photo of KF_MSU
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lasting foam, cloudy and golden. Interesting smell-- like melons and somewhat salty. It tasted smooth and slightly savory. I also got hints of citrus/orange. Definitely unique.

Photo of lilithdana
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best trappist ever!!! Great aroma. Amazing taste.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

outstanding Belgian that is mighty tasty

Photo of MakenziMantey
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a medium orange/brown. The aroma you get is a slightly fruity with a hint of spice smell. Tasting this beer it is sweet and spicy with a really bad aftertaste.

Photo of 303beer
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out cloudy. Very airy head. Has a peach copper kinda color to it. Smells fruity sort of. Wow ok sweet then bitter. Then Belgium yeast. I'm not disappointed at all.

Photo of solomon1122
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my type.
A little bit hop taste and sour

Photo of captaincoffee
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember trying Orval many, many years ago when I was first geiing into beer and thinking it was okay. I almost feel ashamed now, realizing what a truly great beer this is. Unique yeast notes on the nose have floral and spicy characteristics. The flavor changes from initial taste to the finish, and changes further as it breathes and warms a bit. I don't find it funky in a traditional Brett sense, but it adds another flavor layer that all comes together.
Different and special, this is one to go back to over and over.

Photo of THoff94
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes very bready. Pours a lot of foam. The taste improves greatly over time after you pour.

Photo of GiveEmilyBeer
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sour, funky, smooth, delicious. Can be drank cold, cool or at room temperature, and will reveal different complexities and aromas at different temps. Notes of cherries, fruit, citrus aroma. Should be served in a chalice or tulip glass. A world class trappist ale.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Used to drink this a lot and just thought it less satisfying than most Trappist ales I drink. But a couple years later, drank it at a craft beer bar in a nice oversized wine glass and liked it more than ever. Interesting but a good interesting.

Photo of Cannybrew
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden Amber with good frothy head which slowly dissipitates. Smells are subtle. Black cherry, honey sweetness, and a spicy zing. A definite malty sweetness comes through at the back of the tongue. A very well balanced, yet highly carbonated beer leaves a dry mouthfeel. Fab!

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,776 ratings.