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

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94
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4,683 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,683
Reviews: 2,166
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 253
Gots: 543 | FT: 11
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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 psuKinger
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice. This will be my first experience with Orval.

A: Pours a hazy orange color, darker than most Belgian Pales I've personallyu come across, with a huge (2+ finger) lively white head on top. 4.5

S: Yeasty, spicy, and lemon-zest shine through. 4.0.

T: Smooth at first, with notes of yeast and earthiness. Hops add some bitterness in the middle, and the taste finishes with a lingering lemon-zest that accompanies the hops nicely.

This is particularly well-balanced. Not quite as *bright* as Bruery Mischief with it's hops, but has a stronger earthy/lemony presence throughout. 4.5

M: Light and smooth, with lively carbonation levels. The finish? It almost disappears, leaving just a hint of earth and lemon zest on the tongue. Rather pleasing. 4.0

D/O: I can see why this beer gets such good reviews. It's very well balanced, full of flavor, and easy to enjoy. It didn't hold up quite as well as I would have hoped as it warmed, but I could follow this up with another and be happy. I will be repeating. 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with golden highlights. Low-medium carbonation and two fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates slowly give way to some excellent lacing.

N: Pear, apple, lemony citrus and grains.

T: Lemon, orange zest and some barnyard. Muted pear and apple with notes of tangy apricot make an appearance along with light grains throughout. Finishes dry and earthy along with some floral hop notes.

M: Medium bodied, prickly, sudsy and dry.

O: Showcases the grain nicely. Good citrus and light fruit notes. Moderate bitterness, light and refreshing. Overall I'm not too impressed by this Trappist ale.

Photo of AdamBear
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-dark honey colored with a thin light cream colored head

S-smells like bubble gum and caramel...really sweet smelling.
Though, every time i take a whiff, i pick up something new...its a good scent

T-comes in with a bitter taste of bananas, apples, and caramel sugars. it lasts awhile and in come dark belgian malts. the after-taste is slightly fruity with some slightly roasted belgian sugars. these are extremely quality and complex. i'm getting some grape skin taste as well.

M-good medium carbonation that fills the mouth with a crisp finish

O-okay, so while i was drinking this, i didn't realize its was a BPA. in fact, it reminds me of no other BPA i've had...its much better than the rest. this is just an amazing beer. it drinks so much quicker than any other belgian i've ever had. it also is so beautifully complex and the flavors are just great. i really love this beer.

Photo of KAP1356
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bowling pin looking bottle into a pint glass (all that was available at my future sister-in-law's house)...

A - Pours a hazy orange color that leaves a giant, foamy eggshell white head about 3 fingers thick (I poured carefully this time to avoid what normally happens when I pour this beer.)

S - Nice floral notes, yeasty and spicy as expected. Some nice sourness to it as well mixed with some nice acidity. Lemon peel, orange zest, some grape as well.

T - Grassy and earthy from the hops. Nice citrus acidity adds to the profile as does some pepper and corriander. Some other light fruits (green apple, grape, etc) make an appearance as well. Almost some Brett like characteristics coming from this one that I didn't remember the last few times I have tried this.

M - Medium bodied beer with a high carbonation level. Nice champagne-like qualities make this one enjoyable on the mouth.

O - Really nice Belgian Pale Ale that was very refreshing to drink. Different from the other trappist ales and one that I am interested in aging.

Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orval pours a hazy orange with a magnificent head that'll take some taming. Lots of sweet orange, spice, and lemon zest in the smell.

The taste is very unique. Lots of champagne qualities. Quite sour and a big bitter hop bite at the back end. There's quite a bit of lemon and pepper in here, too. Most of the flavor is coming from the hops and yeast, as I'm not getting much malt here. You won't find many beers with this much carbonation, either.

Exceptionally complex and interesting. I've never had anything quite like Orval.

Photo of BabySnakes
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. Poured it staright down the center and almost the entire glass was a tannish color head instantly. Incredible lacing that ends in thick clumpy gobs.

Mostly Copper with some orange hue. Very solid and dense/cloudy.

Faint maltyness with an orange accent aroma. Slight barn/horse/belgian wafts. Not too much overall aroma, maybe inhibited from the pour?

Nice orange flavor comes thru, solid malt base. Barnish/earthy flavors in the finish along with a spiciness.

Excellent mouthfeel. More carbonated than your average beer. Starts medium heavy bodied from the malt but the dry finish helps to keep it a solid medium. Spicy flavor finish is felt in the mouth also. An excellent earthy BPA as opposed to a more dry, hoppy fruity offering like Ommegang's.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, insane 4+ inch creamy head, tons of lacing. About as pretty looking a beer as you can get.

Smell - VEry floral, spicey, malty, yeast. Sugars, tons of spices, grape, orange, plum. Grassy and earthy, with lemon mixed in.

Taste - Very hoppy and spicey. Lots of lemon and orange corriander. Grassy yeast makes a pungent flavor. Spices are plentiful and add tons of flavor. Green sour apple adds major boldness. Alcohol is masked well.

Mouthfeel - Very intense. Lots of flavor. Mouth is worked over quite well with bitterness, floral sweetness, and hop bite. Aftertaste is acidic, spicy and long lasting.

Overall - Is this a farmhouse ale? Very different from the other trappist ales, this one is more sour and bitter, and hoppy. For a different twist on belgium ales, this is the ticket. Honestly not my favorite but worth drinking every few months for a nice change up.

Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a gigantic overflowing head that filled my glass. I had to wait a long time for it to dissapate. Hazy, orange blonde color.

The aroma is very complex with tons of tart fruit. Lemon, candied orange rind, grape skins, green apples, and pear with a complex blend of spices too. Black pepper, coriander, clove and nutmeg notes. Grassy and floral hops peek through and tons of yeasty farmhoue funk.

The taste has a background of wet hay and white wine, with tart green apple, pear, grape, and orange zest. Some slight candied sugar notes and spices. Black pepper, cloves, coriander and lemon peel. Grassy and earthy notes with plenty of barnyard funk.

Hazy cloudy, medium bodied and higly carbonated.

Not my favorite begian blonde. Lacking in some complexity and over carbonated for my tates.

Photo of BeerMarshall
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, bottling date 2/2010. appearance is the color of caramel with good head. Very hoppy compared to other trappist ales. Very refreshing, highly carbed. I don't really get the brettanomyces funk that I was expecting, but not really overly familiar with this class of beers, so maybe I am just not sure what to look for. Overall very good beer, very refreshing and pleasant to drink.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice

LOOK (4.5/5) Pours a deep gold with some strong orange in there. I'd call this brew hazy, but not totally opaque. Three fingers of big, cream colored and textured head was produced. This fell to a cap pretty quickly, with some nice lacing. The cap lasted for most of the beer.

SMELL (4.5/5) The comes in first with biscuit and vienna malt; the latter added a bit of apricot fruitiness. The malts are followed quickly by a great yeast/hop blend that is so complex and unique, it's hard to untangle. The yeast brings some fruit, flowers, and black pepper. The hops are citrus, spicey and herbal.

FLAVOUR (4.5/5) Similar to aroma. The hops play a bigger role on the palate than the nose - the overall character was the same, but more pulled into the orbit of the hops. This is also a good and bitter brew with more hop character than most BPAs I've had. Some earthy (maybe even mild a brett) notes are there.

FEEL (4/5) Medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation. This makes for a fluffy mouthfeel. Hop bitterness gives a lot of kick and plays with the tickle of the spice and carbonation. Very nice and on par for a BPA.

DRINK (4.5/5) The complexity encourages further drinking to figure it out and also because it makes a delicious fugue. It is not that highly drinkable compared to others of the style (like Leffe Blond), but it is FAR superior in flavour and complexity.

I liked this, the power of the hops almost made this reminiscent of a Belgian-IPA (a style I love).

Good job, monks.

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

I can honestly say that I have yet to be underwhelmed by any of the Trappist Ales I’ve sampled. Rochefort, Westmalle, Chimay…that “Authentic Trappist Product” logo is pretty much the bottle’s way of saying “you WILL enjoy this beer.” And the monastery-brewed story behind each one makes the drinking experience that much more special. Here we have one that I’ve been after for quite a while: Orval. It has always been on my list to look for, but I wasn’t really searching for it until I read an article about the Bros. trip to the monastery in Belgium where it’s brewed. After hearing about all the culture and tradition that went into the beer, I had to try it. Luckily, it wasn’t long until I found a liquor store within a reasonable distance that had it. I made the trip, paid my $6 for the famous teardrop bottle, and now I’ve got it in my glass. Here’s to hoping it’s worth the trouble I went through to get it!

A: As soon as I opened the bottle, the fizz started erupting. A loud hiss, then a stream of bubbly foam oozed from the lip like a bottle of old champagne. Beautiful. The notice on the side of Duvel’s bottles, “Pour Unhurriedly,” popped into my mind like a warning light; so that’s what I did. Still, a lot of good foam finds its way on top of my beer, showcasing a creamy, micro-bubbled beige. Excellent retention and some great lacing, as well. And just like champagne, a myriad of bubbles can be seen rising through the body, which gleams with a dark amber shine. This is one of the best looking beer I’ve seen thus far. Wow.

S: My first thought: wine. The grape and apricot sweets are so big that it makes this nose more comparable to a semi-dry port, or even sweet vermouth. There are some very evident beer aspects, of course, but they come mostly in the form of a bright, bottom-layer yeast aroma that only serves to enhance the sweetness of the front-end fruits. Apart from the sweets, there’s a dryness that exists, too; however, it shows up completely in the back-end as the signature of a rich note of fine alcohol. A very pleasant nose, albeit in a different way.

T: I love how every Trappist I have is so incredibly unique that it could never be mistaken for one of its counterparts. For instance, this one is so incredibly fruity and bitter – but not in an intense way. It is light on the tongue, especially in the realm of sweets; and, judging from the nose, one would expect an almost cloying sweetness. But that’s not what this beer is about. Fruit tastes bounce from sweet, juicy apples to the semi-bitter tinge of grapefruit, all the way around to full on zesty orange rind. Hops show up too, in a surprising proportion; they mix well with the bitter aspects of the fruits, though, so they’re more than welcome. Yeast is always a key attribute to great balance in a Belgian ale, and it’s safe to say that Orval knows what they’re doing in that respect. They come in gradually, keeping this one light with a tart, lemony kick. Soon after, though, they bring the palate back down to Earth with a smooth meatiness that seems to be found almost exclusively in Belgian ales. The aftertaste comes out dry; a fitting end to pale ale like this. Overall, a solid palate that, although not incredibly thick, is unique.

M: Slightly thin for my tastes, unfortunately. What can I expect with a 6.9% ABV pale ale, right? It’s still very drinkable, though; I don’t want to make this aspect of the beer out to be a huge source of discontent for me.

O: A booming nose, exquisite taste, and superb look converge in classic style. Orval is swimming with history, and, as I have just learned, swimming with flavor, too. This would be a perfect dinner beer with so many different dishes – I may even consider cooking with it in the future. And, while it isn’t my favorite Trappist, you can certainly add this beer to my list of “Reasons to Visit Belgium.”

Photo of CuttDeez
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - A slightly hazy body with a nice golden color and a big frothy peaky white head. The hed is resiliant as well. The carbination of the beer is somewhat constant as well making it look very nice.

S - The nose is very pleasant. The citrus notes are prevelant throughout. There are some grassy earthen tones underneath it and what makes it interesting and complex is the slight funk that builds on the nose.

T & M & D - Good hop profile here with a great variety of fruits represented. The other note that comes out is the sour funk in this beer. I love the complex mix of the fruits and funk, they mingle well and work off one another. The final notes i pick up are the spices and pepper the play in the back of the taste and in the nose. The carbination makes the body of the beer a little lighter, crisper, and refreshing. It makes the drinkability great as well.

O - A great beer. It reminds me of one of my favorites (pannepot 2007 with the feel and the funks). I would recommend this to anyone. A great sipper and a good beer to explore flavors.

-Cheers

Photo of ahq514
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 4/22/10.

This beer pours a massive head, as it is super carbonated, and cloudy bright orange. Had to let it set for a several minutes before it settled. After it settles out, there is some beautiful lacing going on.

Aroma is very complex, smells earthy. Spicy belgian yeast, floral hop character, and some slightly sour lemon. Some other spices are there too, maybe some coriander?

Taste starts off with some lemon, then moves on to a little bit of orange. Getting some nice earthy and floral flavors mixed in with those fruits. Getting a nice spicy yeast/coriander flavor in there too. Has a slightly bitter finish, but not overly so.

This is a pretty carbonated beer as was expected. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

This was a good beer. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians, but this was very enjoyable. If it wasn't so expensive, I would drink this more often.

Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky orange with a big, bright white, thick head. Great retention. Aroma of yeast strains, hay, lemongrass, citrus and spicy notes. Taste starts off with a musky yeast, barnyard and hay flavors. Citrus notes and a thick, sweet malt add balance. More yeast and grassy notes bring it home as well as a touch of Belgian spices.

Photo of plfahey
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle (bottled 7/10/10) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Vigorous carbonation bursts forth from the bottle-Beer is golden orange with a giant rocky head of off-white foam. Head retention is decent. Also moderately clear, but there seems to be a the slightest cast of haze.

Aroma-Holy god that smells good. Big Belgian yeast character with some notable Brett character as well. Spicy, slightly clove like phenolics, lemon peel, hay, horse blanket, and grassy/spicy hops. There is also some acidic tartness, and a faint mustiness. Malt is just slightly bready, and on the back end, the brett is a little bit floral.

Flavor-Slightly fruity/citrusy (lemon) up front before being dried out by high attenuation and moderate hop bitterness. Hop flavor is grassy/spicy, and there is a distinct lemon-drop tartness that carries through the entire flavor. Brett character is less pronounced than in aroma, but still contributes some slight hay and barnyard flavors. Aftertaste smacks of herbal hops, lemon peel, and Brett.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with very high, effervescent carbonation. Awesome tongue scrubbing action.

This is always an exciting beer, as I feel like every time i've ever had it, it's slightly different. This particular bottle was not quite as delicious as some that I've had (though still quite tasty), but smelled like heaven. A fantastic Belgian brew, endlessly intriguing and complex, and a favorite, for sure.

Photo of Mako82
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Burnt orange color that was cloudy. Very foamy white head that lasted ridiculously long!

S - Nice smell of floral, hint of spice, mild malts in the background, slight hint of clove, and picked up some yeast

T - Mild floral type taste with traces of yeast (nothing overwhelming). Picking up a hint of wheat/grassy type taste with a hint of clove. Aftertaste didn't last too long.

M - Very dry, light feeling

Drinking the beer with a good amount of head will really help bring out the taste

Photo of seabass87
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ. bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a very attractive glowing copper brown. A healthy but short-lived head that quickly dissipates into a creamy cap that retains throughout consumption. Leaves brilliant lacing.

S- Complex scent - picking up sweet lemon, rich orange, barnyard funk, grass, floral hops, and some spices.

T- Citrus fruit and yeast up front in a bitter bite, followed by a smooth hoppy aftertaste with some funky grass hanging around. A zesty beer with nice bitterness.

M- Medium body with slight carbonation - this beer is built well. Very smooth.

O- All in all, this beer was still impressive. It's not my favorite Belgian pale, or favorite Trappist ale, but you can tell this is a quality beer that has been made forever.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Hazy, nice golden hay appearance. Poured with a very large head. I Poured this like I would a stout; poured a bit, let head
subside, poured the rest.

S: I got hints of grass, hay and a good amount of yeasty funk

T: Nice and dry. Same flavors as in smell but with an additional fruity, wheaty flavor. Very smooth. Little to no hop bitterness.A very subtle beer. No flavors are going to hit you over the head.

M: Very light and smooth. Crisp with a bit of a dry finish that I really enjoyed.

O: I don't have much experience with Belgian pales, but this one is very enjoyable. One I will definitely pick up again.

Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into an Orval Goblet, bottled on 7/10/2010.

This pours a hazy dull orange with a large foamy white head with large bubbles and a long retention. Smell is nice and fruity, some spices, maybe some flowers. Medium light feel with lots of carbonation. The taste is different from the way it smells, there is very little sweetness up front, maybe a little citrus fruit and malted wheat, a little peppery and lemon hints but its mostly dry / bitter on the way down with a little alcohol burn, very tasty. Overall an excellent beer, more bitter and drier than the few other Trappist beers I've had tastes like I love, its very good.

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy golden color, the head was big and needed time to settle before pouring out the rest of the bottle. The smell of the beer was a little spicy on the nose, had some good Belgian yeast aromas going on in there and even a little bit of flowers on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront with some yeast and spice in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a good amount of carbonation to it. Overall I found this Trappist to be very good, I liked the different qualities it has which make it unique. I also find the bottle to be very attractive as well. Gotta try this one if you haven't yet.

Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: semi-deep amber, decent retention, good lacing, looks like a masterpiece

S: semi-sweet spices, complex, profound smell, fragrant

T: Oak, flower notes. At the front there is the suggestion of sweetness that never comes to fruition as the dry tone of the tasting experience comes to dominate before the finish evaporates all of the dryness leaving you to contemplate the lightness of the body. Very complex. Every sip encourages you to study the nuances of the flavors involved.

M: light body, perfect ally to taste

I have been chugging craft beer for about four years now and this is THE BEST that I have found.... yet. Spectacular in every way, Orval is what good craft beer is all about. Good complex taste, phenomenal drinking experience. They cost a pretty penny, so if I am having a bad day, or have cause for a mini-celebration... I'll grab one of these.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay glass, bottled on 02/10/11.

Appearance: Pours a magnificent, giant head with a bold amber color. The head maintains throughout.

Smell: Dried fruits, such as apricots, as well as granny smith apples! It contains a spiciness that creates an immediate tingling sensation on the nose. The Belgian yeast is instantly identifiable here, as with all Trappist ales.

Taste: A thick yet smooth taste. Hard to describe, really. There nevertheless is a wonderful dryness to it. A honey-tinged, fruity sweetness seems to overpower my palate.

Mouthfeel: Definitely has the smooth yet foamy resemblance to champagne. Unlike champagne, however, Orval contains a bitter aftertaste. As it warms up, it becomes considerably smoother and far tastier.

Overall: A truly fantastic beer, and what I feel is a prototype for what a Belgian pale ale should be. The hops are strong and flavorful but do not overpower the taste of the beer. The amount of malts in this ale allow it to be a creamy and tasty experience. While it gives a nice little warming buzz after by the end, I'd consider it be an ideal beer to have during the summer. If I'd ever want a beer that is flavorful and dry yet not too intense, like a Duvel, I would pick this one up again.

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

Orval, the trappist you either love or don’t like at all….
Look: pours a orange amber color with a large, long lasting white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, fruits (lemon), flowers, earth, grass and crisp hops. Some hints of sour apples as well.
Taste: Beautiful sourness, horse blanket, crisp, earth and grass/hay all over the place. Clove and lemon up front as well. Tartness all over with a very dry finish. Perfect balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Because of the wild fermentation process, I always call this beer the geuze beer under the trappist beers. This beer is so unique, so perfectly balanced, on of the best trappist beers out there. I love it! For most regular trappist beer drinkers out of their style, which maybe explains the IMO the low average score this beers has.

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

From notes

This is not a style I'm very familiar with. I think the only other beer I've tried in this style is the Leffe Blonde (which I like quite well).

Poured into a Leffe chalice to reveal a moderately carbonated apricot ale with a nice just-off-white head, not as rocky and pillowy as a Duvel, for example, but nice, with good retention. Looks good.

Smell is really quite interesting. I get citrus and grass with an earthy (wet dirt) background and some mild fruitiness. Not sure I like it lots, but it's not boring.

This is a pretty complex beer. Grapefruit and clove, some banana on the first sip but then really not seen again for most of the rest of the beer. What really does come out is that odd earthiness, like there wet dirt and leaves, which is interesting next to the fruity parts that come through...it just changes and shifts so many times, it's hard to keep up. Do I like it? yes. Love it? Not sure...I think it takes getting used to.

Mouthfeel seems just about right for this beer. I like the carbonation and the smooth way it seems to facilitate all the taste shifts.

Overall, this is a pretty cool beer. I don't know whether I'd seek it out or not. Maybe that's just my taste though. It's certainly a very interesting beer worth trying.

Photo of kevo237
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Head retention was great throughout. Very nice looking beer. The head almost looked like whip cream.

Smell was sweet and floral. I continued to get the image of baby blue skittles in my head when I was drinking this beer. It definitely has a candied taste that is hard to describe while having a spicy characteristic. Mouthfeel was excellent as with most trappiste brews. Sizzled on my tongue and went down smoothly with no carbonation build up in my throat. Definitely one of my favorite trappiste beers.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,683 ratings.