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

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4,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,259
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 195
Gots: 363 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

1211th Review on BA
Bottle to Chimay Goblet

Bottled 6/10/2011

App- A very dark orange pour with a yellow bit around the edges and falls to the bottom. A gigantic two finger head that just stuck and didnt move.

Smell- Its a classic all right. Undeniable Belgian yeast with a good amount of musty cheesy funk but not overpowering. A bit earthy and damp as well.

Taste- Well its all over the place for me really but not clouded or muddled. Has a large damp citrus flavor and carries over a large chunk of yeasty grassy funk.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a fairly wet and juicy medium carbonation. Residual funk, earthy, dampness.

Drink- Truly a classic. A well rounded beer with large and balanced flavors.

04-10-2012 01:56:30 | More by FosterJM
Photo of StaveHooks


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

Bottled on 12/30/2009
Served in an Orval chalice.

A - Pours a golden honey copper, with an off-white head that never breaks up.

S - Sweet and sour orchard apples, musty basement, old church pews, spicy, banana, peach, earthy hops, grassy hops. Wonderful aroma.

T - Fruity tartness upfront, golden apples, green grassy hops, spicy lemon citrus, dusty yeast adds some woody mustiness while wicking away any wetness on the palate.

M - Moderate smooth carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

The aroma alone is intoxicating. The layers transform flawlessly. I waited until I got my hands on an Orval chalice before I reviewed this. It's a hard one to age because you just want to drink it. In a league of it's own.

04-10-2012 00:25:15 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-09-2012 20:45:19 | More by smartassboiler
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-08-2012 03:58:11 | More by calmond72
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-07-2012 21:11:21 | More by jmich24
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-07-2012 05:09:57 | More by Element1290
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-07-2012 00:58:16 | More by JakeDebus
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5/5  rDev +19%

What can I possibly say about this beer that hasn't already been said? The most idiosyncratic beer ever made. Not like any other beer you will EVER drink -- unless it's specifically designed to mimic Orval. Even then, it won't quite manage it.

Orval is also incredible in how much it changes with age. I can't say that I prefer a bottle with age to a young bottle, they are entirely different beasts. Thanks to cafés serving different vintages here in Belgium (Kulminator in Antwerpen, Dubh-Linn in Langdorp for example), I have had them ranging from a very young, green two months all the way to 6 years' age. They are beautiful young or old. The young tends towards a fresh light hoppiness, and an aged bottle has a creamier quality with the bretts coming forth more.

A true classic, dry-finish and wonderful washing-powder aroma, gorgeous off-white head, mouthfeel that is creamy and light all at the same time, I can't really describe it fully. You can drink one, or you can drink five (though it's quite a bit stronger than, say, your average pilsner and you do so at your own risk). All I can say is that it's the only beer logo I am considering tattooing on my body -- that's how much I adore and revere this beer. My favorite Trappist, hands-down.

04-06-2012 14:26:48 | More by seancake
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5/5  rDev +19%

04-06-2012 08:35:52 | More by morallybankrupt
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-06-2012 00:24:51 | More by fdig23
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

11.2 oz. bottled Nov. 17 2011

Smells funky. A good funk. Tart fruity yeast character mixed with musky aromas. Ultra high carbonation. Amber and clear. Mountainous off white head with impressive retention. Lacing up the glass. Awesome looking beer.

At first almost abrasive with carbonation. I stirred the carbonation out and I like it much more. Lots of yeast flavors, fruity and acidic. Pleasant booze character. Brett flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is great. Has some body to it considering the sour fermentation. Really unique beer, and surprisingly refreshing considering the ABV. This is my first orval. I like it.

04-05-2012 22:22:52 | More by mlazzaro
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-05-2012 21:10:19 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-05-2012 14:39:38 | More by aztraz
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval beer chalice. Bottled on May 20, 2011. Best by the same day in 2016.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. The dense, bright white head is two fingers and lasts for the duration. Beautiful lacing. I am having a hard time finding any reason not to give this a 5, so I will.

S - Lemon peel, pepper, clove, and a tiny bit of vinegar-like funk. Some bready malt rounds out the smell and gives it a a little bit of richness.

T - The taste is spicy and earth-like with some lemon zest and Belgian yeast. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, but it leaves a strong astringent aftertaste that I am not enjoying. It improves as I drink more, but I am very sensitive to the chemical-astringent taste that is left behind.

M - Aggressive carbonation and a light feel. Leaves my mouth dry, yet refreshed.

O - I was impressed by the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor had all of the elements I was looking for, but there was an additional astringent aftertaste I was not pleased with. I was a little bit disappointed with this beer, especially at $5.99 for an 11 oz. bottle. I may try it again at some point to see if the aftertaste is typical or not.

04-05-2012 01:17:44 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-05-2012 00:59:51 | More by howard12
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle Date: 12/02/2011
Tasting Date: 1/5/2013

Beer pours crystal clear. A light amber color. Strong 2 finger head that is rocky and sticky.

Aroma is a little funky. Sweet, phenolic, a little bit of spice and pineapple. Nice Belgian yeast aromas.

Beer is crisp, slight funk at the finish with a little bit of tartness. A little bit of hops peaks through as the beer warms, as does some more funky flavors, nothing too harsh though.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A unique beer, crisp, light on hops, some complexity.

04-03-2012 16:42:40 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2012 22:28:47 | More by mikepcarney
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-02-2012 04:29:34 | More by Antnyd82
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-01-2012 22:52:55 | More by pastafarian
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 22:40:57 | More by gcgarcia
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

04-01-2012 18:05:00 | More by guitarsnbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 14:20:49 | More by Dweedlebug
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-01-2012 02:58:26 | More by raythealeman
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,259 ratings.