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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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4,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 214
Gots: 419 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Stumpy29er
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Stumpy29er, May 13, 2012
Photo of MJR
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian goblet, this beer shows off a beatiful copper red/orange color sitting under a huge fluffy, white head.

If you're not used to drinking Belgian beers, the smell alone is enough to keep you away...not me though. I love the unique taste that these beers have to offer and this beer is a stunning example of the Belgian brewer's craft. The nose is faintly floral and has an organic quality to it: leather, musty attic, horse farm, whatever you want to call it.

The flavor is a wonderful balance of light, fruity esters, hop flavors, and that same organic flavor that showed up in the nose. Smooth, extremely dry finish. Great mouthfeel...massive carbonation doesn't get in the way of the flavor opening itself up fully.

Drinkability really depends on how well you like this style of beer. My combined love for this style and the intense dryness of the finish demand another round.

One of the best Belgian beers I've encountered so far. Outstanding!

MJR, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very slowly in a Rochefort stem. Glowing orange, with a tad of haze to her. The haze disappeared towards the end. Pillowy off-white froth with, strangely enough, pink hues.
Aroma of crisp hops and sour apple.
Dry, with a nice Brett taste. I thought the Brett would take it in a sour direction, but it did not. Hops kick into the taste and the finish is quite dry. Light in the body, very balanced. Zesty, crisp hop mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

RustyDiamond, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of mattyrubes
3/5  rDev -28.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Quafftastic, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of jbdpsu82
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jbdpsu82, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ThisMoonlife, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of benclimbs
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful red copper with a 3 finger head and lots of carbonation, beautiful!

Nose is sour yeasts, ripe fruit and citrus with earthy grass

Taste is very complex and unique, starts out more sour and sweetens and bitters as it warms. Taste is multigeared, it's like a sour beer that isn't sour! It's a great mix of sour yeastyness, dried fruit malts and a bitter hop finish.

Notes: incredible, unique beer with plenty of complexity and variance. A true classic

benclimbs, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer with more complexity to shake a stick at but at the same time easy to understand why some people, especially beer rookies, don't get in the first time around. Fine backbone with a glorious array of spicy herbal hops, this does the business and does so with dignity.

Zimbo, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jmsedgwick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an cloudy amber/brown pour with an enormous and foamy head accompanied with a very lively body. the glass makes for excellent presentation. it LOOKS like a great beer.

Smell: a dull woody nose, different from what i remember sampling in Canada. earthy notes are very prominent although the nose seems subtle and held back.

Taste: rich and creamy, again, more so then i remember. more woodiness is present in the body along with slight herbal characteristics.

Mouthfeel: very rich and very lively. lots of activity in this beer.

Drinkability: to me this is the most different from all the other trappists. obviously much mess sweet. decent drinkability alothough it is not nearly my favorite trappist. i'm suprised it ranks so highly. i wonder if this is b/c it is labelled a "trappist"?

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Mavajo
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow-orange with a fluffy, frothy white head. Good retention and generous lacing. Aroma is a mix of light fruits and Belgian yeast, with a lemony-zest undertone. The aroma seems to be a good omen of what's to come, but the taste just doesn't quite deliver, in my opinion. There's a nice blend of light fruits, lemon and white grapes with the typical Belgian yeast notes - but it's all a bit subdued. There's minimal aftertaste, which is always great in my book, but the overall taste just doesn't impress like I feel it should. Dry crisp finish with generous carbonation and a fairly light body. Drinkability is decent - there's nothing offensive here to slow you down, but I just wasn't particularly wow'd either.

In short, the beer does pretty much everything right and doesn't offend in any way...but the total package is somewhat unremarkable, in my opinion. It's missing that proverbial "je ne sais pas." Regardless, it's a good brew - just doesn't bring the "wow" factor.

Mavajo, Dec 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bigbeerfan, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Dweedlebug, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of TheDoctor
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brownish gold with an immense, airy beige head. Really active head necessitates a few pours. Huge soapy bubbles pop and leave gorgeous, sticky lacing as the head eases down; only okay retention though.

Really present, cohesive nose. Great yeasty Belgian smell with some sweeter notes of over ripe fruit, dough set out to rise, and burnt sugar.

Nice mellow flavor. It is neither sweet nor bitter. Extremely well-balanced with a generally stanky, grassy, funk. Fabulous.

Really smooth overall. Effortlessly hits all the right notes. Crisp up front, a little tinge of citrusy tea that gets darker and danker. Nice smooth, lingering finish.

Fantastic beer. Has everything that a beer needs. Every good beer characteristic (refreshing, warm, hoppy, malty, creamy, earthy, etc., etc.) balanced in a single bottle. Would actively seek it out in the future to try again.

TheDoctor, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Brunite
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Crazy insane carbonation billowing from the etching on the glass bottom. Murky brown-orange with a mountain of foaming off-white head.

S - Lemon and some floral. Thinking of a white wine here.

T - Spicey and wine-like. Lemon/citrus tones. Bitterness adds a nice kick. Extremely dry.

M - Carbonated. Bitterness is not overdone.

D - Drinkable, but not my favorite. I'd drink this when offered but would not shell out the bucks for it specifically. An enjoyable beer.

Brunite, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ejw127
2/5  rDev -52.4%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of danipp
4/5  rDev -4.8%

danipp, May 14, 2013
Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cd_beer_disapear, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of jdubjacket
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had higher expections for this beer.

Poured an amber color from the bottle. The head starts off strong and dissipates fairly quickly.

The smell and taste are somewhat citrusy. Unfortunately the smell is better than the taste. For a trappist ale, this beer is lacking in the taste & mouthfeel. Overall, I prefer the other trappist ales.

jdubjacket, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very large but tight white head great retention and lace. Clear filtered golden body.

Funky Belgian yeast and spices, green apples, and lemony citrus.

Acidic bitterness citrus and lemony tastes present throughout. Apples and spices are present here as well. A nice dry wine-like finish.

Nice complex beer. A very special brew. High carbonation. The booze is present, but it only adds to the complexity and nice dry finish.

bfields4, May 26, 2011
Photo of weerezboy
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.