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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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4,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,263
Reviews: 2,105
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 196
Gots: 366 | 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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Photo of siege06nd


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A. Pours a very cloudy brown orange color with a beautiful, consistent, pillowy two and a half finger cream colored head. Huge clumps of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass. Some light sediment resting at the bottom. Looks good.

S. Apple, pear, banana, clove, grape skin, and some hints of brown sugar.

T. Grape skin, apple, pie crust, some light hop bitterness. Very fruity and juicy.

M. Light bodied, highly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, some lingering bitterness from fruit rinds and hops.

O. A very solid Belgian pale. Sweetness and bitterness and balanced very nicely here and this is definitely a refreshing beer.

05-06-2012 21:00:25 | More by siege06nd
Photo of antoines15


5/5  rDev +19%

05-06-2012 18:46:49 | More by antoines15
Photo of brewskifan55


4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a snifter

A: light amber with an off-white one finger head that lingers. thick lacing.

S: citrus abounds. Belgian yeast and malts

T: A citrus-y, orange and lemon mix. Smooth, with a hoppy backbite. Resin-y. Light malts. Floral. Refreshing. Complex, yet oh, so simple.

M: medium; creamy, frothy. Heavy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: Duvel with hops. A primo brew. A bit pricey, but worth a try. A great celebration sipper. Fill out your Belgian dance card with this old school flavor-ite.

05-06-2012 16:35:25 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Snowrs


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-06-2012 13:46:56 | More by Snowrs
Photo of Hanzo


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-06-2012 11:57:39 | More by Hanzo
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

A - Pours a bright golden color with copper hue and a very active apparent carbonation. The super creamy, white head has an excellent retention and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The appearance of this beer is simply from heaven!

S - Smell is very complex. Dominated by yeast (clove, pepper and spices), it's also very flowery with a nice touch of sweetness besides some hop. I also pick out some dark fruits. A delight for the noze!

T - Taste is rather acid, quite lemony, mineral. I'm a bit disappointed since it doesn't feature all the complexity of the smell.

M - Medium-light body with very active carbonation on the tongue. It's a bit over-carbonated to my taste. The finish is quite dry.

O - Featuring an old school character, an amazing appearance and a great taste, this beer is such an experience. Unfortunately, the mineral and acid flavors are not my cup of tea...

05-06-2012 00:46:30 | More by duracell
Photo of vegasmac99


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by vegasmac99
Photo of Bibendum


3/5  rDev -28.6%

Orval has changed. It no longer has it's trademark peppery nose, and a head too big to contain that leaves frothy tracings around the edge of the goblet all the way to the bottom.
I have known Orval since 1979, when I worked for Merchant du Vin. It is a favorite beer that I rarely drink for reasons of cost.
However I received 6 bottles as a gift recently that were dated 20-5-11. And to my surprise there was no peppery nose, instead the smell of bubblegum. I did not have to pour with great care to contain the head, in fact I could and did pour it down the center. Something I could not have done 3 years ago.
So today I had one from another batch, this one dated 18-08-11. This one did not smell of bubblegum, but neither did it have it's trademark peppery nose or irrepressible head.
Orval either has a recent quality control problem, or they have intentionally changed their brew. In either case I'm unhappy. Bring back the old Orval, please.

05-03-2012 01:55:47 | More by Bibendum
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-02-2012 03:28:37 | More by rjpetrizzo
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-30-2012 21:02:07 | More by ixodus
Photo of BillyTWilliams


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-30-2012 15:26:33 | More by BillyTWilliams
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2012 12:56:50 | More by fostachild
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-30-2012 01:36:58 | More by martyl1000
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-29-2012 16:11:46 | More by astrickland
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New York

5/5  rDev +19%

04-29-2012 01:15:11 | More by RES
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-28-2012 20:17:03 | More by Jase2280
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.83/5  rDev +15%

A: The beer poured a hazy, orange that produced an amazing, dense, thick, rocky head that was retained throughout the beer.

S: The aroma was mainly yeasty and malty sweet with hints of citrus and perhaps an earthy aroma, grass or flower.

T: The taste of the beer is outstanding, exactly what I would expect for this style. A very nice Belgian yeast flavor with nice hints of the citrus hops that had a nice bit to it that finished with a nice long lasting dry finish. The beer also had a slight taste of alcohol as the beer warmed.

Overall, this is an excellent beer that was extremely easy to drink. It was smooth and crisp and a lighter body than most Belgian beers. Back to the beer store to pick up more. A must try for anyone who loves good Belgian beers.

04-27-2012 17:51:42 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-27-2012 11:46:44 | More by abrodsky
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5/5  rDev +19%

04-27-2012 03:27:08 | More by od_sf
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-26-2012 02:30:16 | More by carlitosbronson1
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-24-2012 13:51:33 | More by tenacioustomato
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5/5  rDev +19%

04-24-2012 08:28:47 | More by fisherbray
Photo of Swim424


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into ommegang chalice

A-pours a beautiful gold/orange with a fat fluffy head so large couldn't do it in one straight pour. The head looks like a creamy cloud floating on top on a beautiful golden river.

S-Nice fruity scent, seems to be a mix between malt and yeast scents. Maybe a hint of spicy hops, or some sort of spice.

turning on some Clapton to enjoy this one to. "and i say yes, you look wonderful tonight" sounds like this beer.

T-A bit citrusy, definitely a malty beer. Very spicy hop at the end. Not bitter at all though. Very citrusy malt up front bringing the citrus out towards the middle, while introducing a spice note to build into the finish.

MF-Nice medium body, a bit creamy on the aftertaste but with a dryness in the mouth.

O-I have never had a belgian pale ale before. I have had a handful of other belgians though and this is much different. Not in a bad way though. I think this is a pretty good beer overall, nothing incredible, I would prefer an amercan pale ale, but this is still a very fine beer I wouldn't mind having at anytime.

04-24-2012 07:26:12 | More by Swim424
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Bottled on 12-30-2009 and best before 12-30-2014.

Appearance - Poured only half the bottle and it foamed over the top.. 2 inches of soapy looking foam, dissipating very slowly. The color is copper.

Smell - Dark fruits and bitterness is most dominant. Also earthy and has a little funky/musty aroma. I think I smell some clove too.

Taste - Very bitter.. with floral hops. Citrus, tartiness, clove, and some other spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall - Not really what I was expecting. I'd like it better without the spices.

04-24-2012 04:05:39 | More by jsisko01
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-24-2012 02:27:33 | More by Jsmitty1967
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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