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

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4,549 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,549
Reviews: 2,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 227
Gots: 469 | FT: 11
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:
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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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ckk527
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DrZeus10
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of gdfan47
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice light yellow with soo much white head and lacing (poured into my Duvel glass!)
S- bretty, yeasty, malt, sugar but not too sweet, hops
T- the brett and the yeast taste are front and center then the malt, and a punch of hops, goes down dry and refreshing
M- great carbonation, it was hard to keep in my mouth because i wanted to drink it so bad
D- amazing , couldnt wait to have another, a pretty low abv, an amazing and unique beer havent had anything else quite like this

blurring the lines of a BPA and a wlld beer... very unique a homerun

found a clone recipe, gonna start brewing this one really soon

Photo of ahalloin
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish dark gold color with a quickly billowing white head that formed about a finger width. The head dissipated rather quickly (like Champagne would) but left a thin ring of varying sized bubbles to float on top. I also see Champagne like bubbles forming on the bottom of the glass and then shooting up to the surface.

The aroma has a slight sourness with hints of orange peel and Brettanomyces. There is also a distinct allusion to a fine Champagne (recurring theme, I know!).

How about that mouthfeel?! It's like there is a party in my mouth and the Swedish bikini team is invited! Again, Champagne-like constant carbonation.

The flavor, for me, leaves a little to be desired. I am getting a lot of brett and sourness. Maybe some sour orange juice. There are hints of citrusy hops as well. The beer finishes extremely dry...like a Champagne!

Photo of Everydayoff
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 6.2% ABV poured into an Orval goblet by freshness date.

A:
Slightly haze eyes-catchy orange amber hue with immense, billowy, dense off-white head containing soft and silky froths, it outlasts over a quite length of time by exceptional retention then gradually recedes to sudsy layer cover on top and leaves ring of lace yet several sticky patches here and there. Active carbonation roars upwards.

S:
Fruity, sweet citrus, honey, candy sugar, floral hop, some phenolic herbal and medicinal; all these scents blend well together and generate unique inviting aroma.

T:
Quite complex, this beer leads me to bottle by bottle to identify its characteristic. After first sip, run a distinctive pinch of bitterness derives from hop throughout then becomes slightly sweet yet with citrus zest and leaves long tail of bitterness inside a gullet thereafter its passage. The taste seems to belittle alter in each sip from hint of medicinal and quality of hop.

M:
Smooth throughout medium body, well carbonated with some lively crisp against the palate, finish is dry.

D:
Personally my top of the Belgian Pale Ale, it is brewed with the Belgian’s magic. Complex yet achieves the art of brewing. This is a truly unique beer.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head is huge. Even the slightest shake and it rises up! Nose is nice big hops, but the first thing I notice is a light caramel scent. Of course mixed in with these is the funk. The wet straw kinda mouldy smell from the Brettanomyces. Really a very unique and pleasant nose.

The taste for me on this brew is all hops. I get a touch of the funk, but only in the finish really, on the back of my tongue and on my breath, kind of earthy and dank. Don't look to do any kissin' after one of these. Also just a tiny bit of caramel candy sweetness at the end there too. Definately finishes a bit astringent. A very dry beer which probably accounts for the astringency. This much hops in such a dry beer is going to make it a bit astringent. I wish it could be just a touch sweeter, but with the Brett fermentation its probably impossible unless you stopped fermentation, filtered, then bottled with an unattenuative strain or with CO2. But the tiny bit of sweetness in there is noticeable I suppose because the beer is so dry.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent and thin. Again, very dry beer. I have to say that this is quite drinkable. Would be wonderful with a meal. It calls out for crusty bread and stew or soup of some sort.

Photo of tatterdash
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleasently surprised to see this at the LCBO, so picked up a couple. This Trappist Ale is one of the oldest apparently, and looks very good. It pours a coppery-orange with a fluffy, pillowy white head that laces and lingers and clings and clumps. Smell was very earthy and peaty, farm-like, with a hint of dark fruit. What appears to be an off-smell (horse blanket), becomes something I truly look forward with repeated sittings. Taste was a nice hoppy bitterness, dry, very earthy and peaty. It is pretty much exactly what I would picture medival monks drinking in a dank monastary. Nice creamy mouthfeel, almost a crispness to it. It would make a nice start to a night of Trappist Ales, and is slowly becoming my favourite of the bunch.

Photo of Keffa
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/2/11.

Live Review.

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber color, 2 finger off white head settles to a full cap after a couple minutes, lacing is pretty standard for a Belgian, copious and lasting. Not what I was expecting for a "Belgian pale ale" but still a good looking beer.

S: Odd, yet good. Sweet bread, some light yeasty phenols, and pepper. Not what I expected from the words others have wrote for this beer.

T: Even less like what I expected. Very, very slight tart note is taken over almost immediately by a sweet malt backbone along with a slight fruitiness. Pepper is again a strong component, as is a bit of powdery yeast. Funk is very restrained, almost to the point of me questioning if this beer has Brett in it, until the dry finish reminds me that it is indeed in here. Some alcohol is noticeable in flashes here and there, but it's not something that detracts from the beer any.

M: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly coating on the palate. Decent.

O: Good. Not exactly what I was expecting from the talk that I've seen and heard about it. Not nearly the Brett bomb that it's been described as. Good beer, a classic, but not sure that I'd drink another one fresh, I may buy another and sit it in the fridge for a couple years and see how it progresses.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cudmud
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours with a antique orange color and a massive rocky head. There is a steady stream of bubbles supporting the copious head and woderful lacing.

Smell: This beer has a huge smell of yeast and malts. The brew smells of apples and pears, and these aromas leap out of the glass.

Taste: There is a lot going on with this beer. Indeed, Very complex flavors. Lots of malt sweetness and fruit flavors. For example, the beer tastes of grapes, wine, and raisin-bread.

Mouthfeel: Full body and thick.

Drinkability: An awesome beer and I will be buying more.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MartzMimic
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with a root beer float head that lasts for days. Tons of carbonation. Nice aroma of fruit, hay and a touch of funk. Tastes of grapes, apples and yeast. The brett adds a lot. Medium light mouth with some crispness. Just a very flavorful and well-balanced beer.

Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of itsscience
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orval is a beer that, more than any other I know, varies from bottle to bottle. Despite this, it remains a favorite and has never let me down. This review covers a beer bottled on 7 Feb 2013 and consumed more than a year later in Apr 2014.

Forceful carbonation almost popped the cap off when I went to open it. It pours murky orange with a huge four-finger head of white foam and there's still carbonation streaming up the glass. The nose is bready, tangy, and full of brett yeast, bringing barnyard funk and a woodsy characteristic. It smells unlike any other Trappist ale I know of, coming across like a high-quality sour. In past tastings I got a lot of spice from the yeast, but I get none of that here. There's a slight sourness and a seriously oaky, earthy quality with more of that barnyard flavor. It finishes dry and vinous, like a white wine. The body on it is pretty light.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ipogios
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colour with a beautigul white thick head. Orval is one of greatest beers around. I must admit that the smell makes you not to want to drink this beer... NOT from the bad point of view but the good one. The aroma is PERFECT in every way so you could enjoy it by just smelling it. After enjoying the aroma, taste comes along and it's as good as the smell. One word could only describe this beer... ADDICTIVE

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,549 ratings.