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

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4,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,329
Reviews: 2,113
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 204
Gots: 391 | FT: 8
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 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 Amerikon
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Amerikon, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of krisandajt
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty brew courtesy of a great trade with Adouble. I raise my glass to you, sir!

Appearance: Whoa, it appears we have ourselves a gusher! With what I thought was an easy pour, the beer nearly overflows clean out of my DFH Off-Centered pint glass. I barely got half the bottle in. I suppose carbonation isn't going to be an issue with this bad boy! Anyway, aside from the mountain of head (which is fading slowly, by the way), the beer is a cloudy, amber color that is surprisingly vibrant for a pale ale.

Smell: The smell is surprisingly strong for a pale ale. It reminds me more of what I'd expect from a tripel, or even a mild quad sans the sweet candied fruit. The smell is sweet, with a classic Belgian yeast characteristic. Outstanding.

Taste: In every aspect so far this beer has surprised me. The taste is no exception. For a Belgian Pale Ale, this beer packs some amazing flavor. There's a nice sweetness to the brew, with a bit of a grassy quality to it, all wrapped up with a nice Belgian-y finish. This is very very good.

Mouthfeel: If I had one grip about this beer, I would have to say that the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Maybe given the style it's what it should be, but with every other quality of this beer being so robust, the mouthfeel was a bit of a let down. Not necessarily bad, but not up to par with the rest of the beer.

Drinkability: I have to give this beer top marks. I've seen it on the shelf before, but I've always passed it by. I can safely say that that is a mistake I will not make again. This beer is fantastic, packing some immense flavor in a sessionable package. Coming close to 7% ABV, I don't think I could pack away too many in an evening, but I'd certainly give it a good shot. Definitely recommend.

krisandajt, May 01, 2010
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After pouring my Orval, I found a foamy, pitted head with fairly large bubbles sitting atop a fragrant, glowing orange-red brew. I'm pretty excited about this beer, as I didn't get a chance to try it while I was in Belgium last summer, and was thrilled to find it at Ashe's last month in Knoxville.

Smells nice and Belgian, with an indescribable roundness and distinct, fruit-sour appeal. Upon further review, I think what I'm trying to get at in the roundness is the "hay" character that others have described.

Sourness (somewhat reminiscent of the gueuze I had a week or two ago, though in taste only) is the first taste to dance across my tongue, followed by a mellow wheat tone and a crisp, dry finish. This beer fills the mouth nicely, and is very, very drinkable, so long as you enjoy the sour notes (and I do).

I didn't really know what to expect with Orval beyond very, very general thoughts (like TheJoj's "Orval is my favorite Belgian beer"), but it's definitely made a good impression as my first Trappist, despite the fact that I think I expected something closer to a Belgian Pale Ale. Either way, it looks like I'll be taking regular pilgrimages to Ashe's on my trips home from college for this one.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

RockyTopHeel, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of bosco7
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/ golden with red undertones with substantial rocky head. Primo lacing. Beautiful.

Soap, horse, honey, lemon, and apple aromas.

Savory flavors like horse, popcorn, and biscuit upfront and in the middle which gives into tart-fruity lemon zest, pear, and green apple flavors. Finishes bone dry and with a very clean taste. Very unique and flavorful.

Light dry, and spritzy on the tongue rendering this is an easy drinker and a complex one at that. Classic and so unique.

bosco7, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Los1324
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Los1324, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mattyrubes
3/5  rDev -28.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Nutwood, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

j0hnc2468, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of JohnG190
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head that settles into a lacy cap. Complex aroma of yeast, caramel and funk. Earthy with a hint of hoppiness and some barnyard. Medium body with light carbonation starts and finishes bone dry. Super complex and superbly crafted, though I would expect nothing less from one of the worlds great beers!

JohnG190, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of MrNate
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

MrNate, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of pastramionrye7
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

pastramionrye7, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of yossarian14
5/5  rDev +19%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 13 Nov. 2008. Best by 13 Nov. 2010.

Pale copper with loads of silky white head. Tons of carbonation; nice clarity and great head retention.

Aroma has plenty of Belgian yeast spice notes, some clove and definitely spicy coriander. Lemony citrus aromas and some other fruity notes. Underlying this is a definite nice earthy funk aroma.

More spicy yeast notes, the definitive Belgian trappist flavor. Paired with very musty, earthy and funky Brett notes. The flavor is brightened nicely with a lemony acidity.

Crisp and well carbonated, silky. The earthy Brett characteristics make for a very heavy body that is somewhat fatiguing to the palate.

A lovely brew all around. Great yeast and spicy notes; and the Brett pairs quite nicely with the brighter acidic and fruity notes.

goldbot, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of OleDixie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

OleDixie, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of BitteBier
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful, active pour. Golden amber with a monstrous head reminiscent of a (root) beer float. Active carbonation on the way up and swirls of sediment on the way down. Subtle, clean grain smell with spiciness on the fringes. Eminently smooth texture with a complex palate that ranges from a sweet, malty start to a very crisp middle and dry, warm finish. A very pleasant find.

BitteBier, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of fisherbray
5/5  rDev +19%

fisherbray, Apr 24, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brewtus
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I've always passed this up due to its easy avilablitity.
A- woah pours with a huge fluffy white head, orange and pretty clear.
S- I get banana, sweet, bready, funk, hay,
T- nice and hoppy, dry, champaign like taste, straw, some citrus fruit, some funk
M- pretty carbonated
O- very good, I expected a lot more of the traditional coriander and banana. It is a very good, glad I finally tried it

brewtus, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MaineMike, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Klebe
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Klebe, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of GinsuDave
5/5  rDev +19%

GinsuDave, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of bca115
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bca115, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of ThrashMaster
5/5  rDev +19%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Flashyspoons
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Flashyspoons, Mar 03, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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