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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,833 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,833
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 275
Gots: 620 | 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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Photo of blueberryann
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Lighter than expected! Definitely a good one!

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saigon (bottle)

I like this beer and look forward to my next drink.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy orange amber in color with a 4 finger head produced on the pour. Extremely carbonated so a slow pour is necessary.

Aroma- Funky aroma, citrus, and a little caramel sweetness. The funky/tart/barnyard aroma definitely dominates though.

Taste- Immediately noticing the funky from the brett which lends to a slightly dry and tart taste. In the middle some acidic fruits show up, especially lemon and orange. Some caramel malt rounds out the finish, along with some honey sweetness.

Feel- High carbonation upfront but a little more mellow in the finish. Medium bodied and very dry and crisp.

Overall- Honestly didn't know what to expect with this and definitely didn't anticipate the Brett aspect. Funky barnyard beers usually aren't up my alley, but this strikes a good balance with some funk upfront but fading to citrus and caramel combine for a crisp finish. Good beer in my book and worth trying again, but this would probably be more enjoyed by those who like Brett influenced beers.

Photo of AlsaceSF
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 17/7/14
Drunk 26/2/15

Elite beer -- reminds me of a complex champagne

Beautiful orange amber pour.
4 in white head proceeding to lace on sides of glass

High carbonation very noticeable upfront
Initial bitterness on the tip of the tongue smooths over to intricate hints of farm / citrus throughout back of palate...

Not the easiest beer to drink. But well worth it. Tastes slightly different each sip. Wholesome ABV feel once consumed. Will definitely have again in the future.

Impressive.

Extremely pleasant beer with amazing evolution in tastes throughout...

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't up my alley. Not Horrible though.

Photo of montesown
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer was ok, but the price was a little high.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

classic. friggin awesome. i know that this review doesn't describe my experience of the beer, but this is a great trappist ale. it's a solid beer.

Photo of wasmachien
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top beer. Like a cherry in the sky.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet (Bottled on: 3/27/14)

A: That head is big and retention is long. Hazy copper body with some sweet lacing and a nice good layer of bubbles on top, so not just a collar.
S: Funky with a bit of tart/fruit to it, which is all from the Brett.
T: Deliciously funky with a touch of tart. Refreshing and easy-going. This might be my favorite Brett beer and possibly my favorite Trappist one so far. Just gets better as it warms up.
M: Nice even layer of carbonation that is foamy and with just a bit of roughness.
O: I really wonder what my 2011 bottle will taste like next year. This is just a brilliant beer and I really want to do a vertical of it now.

Photo of DaveBar
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.30 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip. Bottled on date of 22/8/13 so 1.5yrs old before I pulled it from the cellar.

A- Opens well and pours a ton of head. Watch out as if not careful it will overflow any glass. Rather dark gold almost brown. The head stays forever.

S- Oodles of yeast and hops here. Efflorescent

T- Brett yeast hits you in the face on the first sip. A bit sour. Low on the hops. Not what I was expecting after all the hoopla on this beer. No heat at all

M- Super carbonated. Dry and tart.

O- Not very good beer overall. Overhyped to the max. Will try one last time with a fresh one to see how it goes but don't expect a big change. This beer starts off like a house on fire then wimpers off into the distance.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... grilled mahi mahi. Nice meaty fish with this beer was fairly good

Enjoy

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Belgian trappist ale of a dark orange color and a great whitey and creamy foam.
Smell and taste are characterized by the yeasty tones, really nice.
Aroma so becomes spicy, possible to feel a bit of black pepper.
The highlights on the taste are the malty tones, a bit disappointing.
Mouthfeel is interesting, somewhat light and efervescent.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orval pours brilliant copper to orange tinted amber under a moussey, finely bubbled 2” bone-white foam cap. It has a funky, wet horse blanket lemony nose with a hint of mustiness. It drinks tart, lemony with a hint of pineapple especially as it ages with a refreshing bitterness and a long lingering tart dry finish with soft leather notes. The texture is soft and effervescent, like drinking a mousse. This is excellent fresh and even better as it ages.

Photo of MattR2014
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Belgium pale ale. Had out of bottle

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look - hazy golden amber, very frothy, excellent head retention and lacing

smell - hints of raisins and bubble gum along with other belgian yeast complexities, malty with some hop aromas sneaking through

taste - like cooper's sparkling ale (which i am not a huge fan of) bitter, musty, finishes slightly sweet

feel - very sticky, also sort of chalky and chewy. very carbonated

overall - the flavor was not what i expected. however, the craftsmanship of this beer is admirable. i might have to age one and try it again.

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/7/13, BBD 2/7/18. Pours a clear medium amber (copper) with just a hint of garnet. World Class head volume, lacing and retention - the best I have ever seen. The final pour provides a mild cloudiness.

Complex nose of sweet fruit (grape, pineapple) coupled with tart lemon. Underneath there are notes of Belgian yeast, a slight spice, subtle sweetness and a bit of slightly sour earthiness (funk).

Medium body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile isn't as impressive as the appearance or the aroma. It is intense, lacks complexity, and is poorly balanced. From the onset, phenols dominate and little else comes forward. In the middle, a bit of biscuit sweetness is underneath, but you really have to "look" for it. The finish is dry.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

first trappist. very good all around

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep copper color with a monster off-white head that sticks around like many of this style.

S - Little bit of sweetness. Some citrus. Something else i'm not sure how to describe, assuming it is the yeast strain, a little musky. Somewhat of a sour smell. Picking up some fruits, banana. A lot going on here.

T - Wow. A lot going on here, like the smell. Citrus, light fruits up front. Slightly sour, almost lemony. Yeast strain lends an interesting complexity that is very nice. finishes a little bitter but dry.

F - Very carbonated, works nicely with the clean finish.

Very good beer. Unique, and in a good way. This one was bottled about 10 months ago, and can be cellared up to 5 years. Would like to see how it changes over time. Nice complexity of sweet, sour, bitter, citrus. Very good depth of flavors here. Great beer.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow-orange with a big foamy white head. Excellent smell of bubblegum! Tasted like candy with a mild bitter flavor. Very bubbly body. Not crazy about this one.

Photo of hreb
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Distinctive 11.2 oz bottle served in my new Libbey Belgian ale glass. Bottled on 15/05/2014, best before 15/05/2019. Peer pours mid amber in color, very hazy, with an enormous white pillowy head. Aroma is classic Belgian golden ale, suggesting the distinctive yeasty note and caramelized sugar. But this beer is both more dry and more tart than others in its category (BPA). It has a really crisp, thin mouthfeel. Surprising for a beer as high OG as this. The bottle conditioning has left this beer highly carbonated, which works well with the subtle tartness. It's almost like a mild Gose, or even dry cider. This beer is unique, distinctive, and impeccably balanced. It reveals none of its alcohol (note: my label claims 6.9%, although that figure may assume a large amount of fermentation happening in the bottle), and doesn't tire the palate at all. However being so neutral I do find it a little bland for my taste.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2 year aged, a lot of Horse blanket in the smell. Very dry, smooth and tasty. Going to buy a few more to age longer.

Photo of Barnoloid
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Farmhouse funk and wet dog pervade the nose and initial taste here. This is edging towards the sour end of the spectrum. The initial bottle pour unloads a vast foamy head that settles into a slightly cloudy, amber looking toned ale.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is reminiscent of bubblegum and chewable vitamins (sweet, fruity, tart) with an undertone of doctor's office. The body is copper/light brown and mostly clear with a large, soapy, cream-colored head. The flavor includes spicy/herbaceous bitterness, latex, biscuity malt sweetness, some vaguely lemon-like citrus, and fairly rich malty sweetness in the finish. It's quite carbonated and fizzy, moderately crisp, and somewhat light in body.

This is a peculiar one, though I can't say I dislike it. It's certainly interesting—crisp, flavorful, tart, somewhat fruity and sweet. The Brett though just makes me think of latex; and while it adds a unique dimension to the beer, it's taking some getting used to.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.78/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber, gorgeous sexy coating with extra strong legs...stinks like rotten apples! (not finding it pleasing)

Rich flavors of dark fruits and burnt bitter hops with slightly sweet apples and lemon. Powerful coarse and dry after taste. Very strong vinous feel and a dry coarse mouth coat.

Overall : Looks can sometime be deceiving... Perfectly drinkable for trying a different taste, but way too spicy for me, or was my bottle too fresh? I will try this beer again after at least 2 years in the cellar, until then I don't see why this beer is so popular.

Photo of Zomdust
2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not impressed after all the hype.

Photo of Satan70
3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Because BA made me write something to submit my ranking

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,833 ratings.