1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,647 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,647
Reviews: 2,157
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 251
Gots: 521 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

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.
View: Beers (2) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Orval Trappist Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,647 | Reviews: 2,157 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of stoutman
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed at the Trappist monastery founded in the 1100s, this ale is fermented three times with three different malts and two types of hops. Unlike most Trappist ales, Orval has a powerful hop presence. It is a bitter-orange color, with a fruity and slightly sour bouquet. A wonderful hop bitterness and long, dry finish. Best served around 60F with stinky cheese or seafood.

Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A deep golden ale that leaves a big bubbly head that fades after a minute or two. No lacing. Smell is earthy and funky. Tastes of pepper and blue cheese. It's dry and bitter like citrus rind with a bit of brett funkiness. Light, effervescent mouthfeel. Overall very nice.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A quintessential trappist ale that fully lives up to its reputation. Bottle from the LCBO pours a hazy dark golden colour with amber highlights. It has an impressive large-bubbled and off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass. Aroma is Belgian yeast-forward, with the spices that implies, and a nice caramelized malt backbone. Flavours range from caramel and toffee sweetness, to hopped bitterness and coriander lemon rind. As that portfolio changes and gains depth as the beer warms, it is definitely a bottle to sip and savour.

Photo of drrone
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that was bottled on 20/08/12, into a 3F Teku.

A - It pours a crazy amount of beige head that forms very quickly and slow settles to leave a very nice lace crown. It is a hazy amber/brown color, with carbonation and no sentiment.

S -A biscuity malt nose, with notes of pear and maybe orange. Lightly spicy with a touch of hops, but not much.

T - Similar to smell. It caught me off guard at first, with the dry and kind of sweet finish. I was also expecting it to be a little more citrusy.

M- Great mouth feel. It drinks very nicely. A light to medium body, with a medium amount of carbonation. This would make a nice session beer if it wasn't for the price.

O - Very good! I wasn't sure of what to expect with this well known beer. Also, I not very experienced in this class of Belgian pale ales either. I was pleasantly surprised all around though and I will be having more of these in the future.

Photo of AlexRea
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmitC
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is golden amber. A lot of haze and cloud. About two fingers thick off white colored head with good retention. Decent lacing on the sides. Calm. Opaque.

Aroma is of dry fruits and nuts. Belgian yeast. Slight spiciness and fruitiness. Strength is good.

Taste is full of Belgian yeast, slight fruit character, some esters, slight cloves, dry fruits. A good malt body. A lot of yeast. Finish is semi-dry.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. A lot of carbonation. Easy to drink. Very smooth.

Did not find anything out of ordinary.

Photo of swid
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle; 6.9% ABV listed on label.

Orval pours a hazy-brown color into my tulip class. A large, off-white head forms, containing large bubbles; it slowly collapses in upon itself. Moderate carbonation and lacing. The aromas given off by this beer are quite complex; there's cloves, lemons, a hint of pine, and some unidentifiable funky aroma (it's funky in the very best way, however). Very balanced.

This is one smooth beer. An almost candy-like sweetness is evident when it first hits the front of your tongue. A balanced hop bitterness comes along shortly afterwards. There's a noticeable clove flavor present. This beer is quite full-bodied and is somewhat tart. The alcohol is just perceptable in the aftertaste, which is mildly sour.

This is a funky beer, but if you've become acclimated to sharper-tasting beer, it's very enjoyable. I recommend it.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown glass proprietary brown bottle. Bottled 05/08/09. Poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance: Hazy amber brown with a good amount of chunky sediment and thick creamy khaki head that won't recede. It looks like a cappuccino really: tan head with some dark streaks from the sediment passing through.

Nose: Brett! Woohoo. Apricot and white oak. Tarragon, ginger and the aroma of Campari (or SanBitter).

Palate: Crisp with some acidity and hop bitterness. Flavors of oak, licorice and herbs/botanicals. I've never noticed the similarities between Campari and Orval, but it's super obvious today. Herbs, bitter orange peel, blood orange and botanicals plus wood. As the beer warms, more floral characters come out, like clover honey.

Notes: Never seems to disappoint. A tasty beer. Really want to try the Petite Orval!

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerTaster
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance hazy copper in color two finger off white head that stuck around untill the last sip. Smell herbal hop aroma and earthy. Taste same as smell with warming alcohol and a dry snapy finish. Mouthfeel mediem body high carbonation. Drinkability a nice pre dinner beer.

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 30/01/2007 Best before 30/01/2012.

A pour into a chalice a large pillowish white head forms. It takes some time for the head to settle to a thick cap to see what the fluid looks like. The beer is a cloudy amber. As it is drunk a large amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is somewhat like a dry white wine. Very fruity such as passion fruit and pears with some floral hints.

Taste is fruity with a very dry finish at first. As it warms it takes on a earthy aspect with a bit of lemon and grass thrown in. I think I know what people mean by "horse blanket" now. It has that sort of finish. Carbonation makes the beer tingle on the tongue like champagne. I think that is well suited for this beer as it matches well for the light body and flavor.

A very interesting and flavorful beer but the cost and alcohol content does not make this a frequent drinker for me.

Photo of brewbucker
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 20/02/2008

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Pours a medium slightly hazy orange copper with a large off white head. Beautiful appearance. Very big aroma of spicy fruits. Sharp orange zest and hints of pepper. Flavor is tart citrus, yeasts, and mild malts. This is only the second time I have tried this beer. I tried it for the first time early on in my "beer geekdomness" and thought it was average. I am glad I revisited this. Orval is truly in a class by itself.

Photo of ReluctantScooper
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Nouvelle Hostellerie D'Orval.

Orval is a beer that's grown on me through the years. All leather and banana and cinnamon and grated lemon zest and fresh bread and dry spice and, and, and...

... and it turns a cheese sandwich into a banquet. And when Orval's commercial director, Francois de Harenne, insists on pouring it for you as he tells you about the region's political history, it becomes a marker of surreality.

There's beer. There's Belgian beer. And then, there's Orval. Worth falling in love with over and over again.

Photo of crosbyms
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Orval Trappist Ale for $5.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try this beer for a while now but for some reason I just never got around to it, so I decided to stop procrastinating and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle that is shaped like a bowling pin into my goblet. This bottle is over a year old it was bottled April 22 2010, I guess it should be good till 2015, didn't know this brew would hold up for that long.

A- The label is pretty simple but it works well with the weird bottle shape and has a "Trappist" look to it. It poured a nice looking golden orange color that was clearer then I expected. It had four and a half fingers worth of huge fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is very nice and fruity, it almost reminds me of a hard cider. I pick up some green apples, white grapes, and some tart cherry's. I also pick up some floral aromas along with that signature Belgian yeast. There was some barnyard funk aromas once it warmed up.

T- This brew tastes pretty different from what I was expecting. The flavor is full of light fruit flavors, similar to the aroma just lighter and more subtle. The fruits, mainly, apples, cherry's, and white grapes blend together nicely and are pretty tart. In the middle I picked up a little funk that I wasn't expecting and some spices from the Belgian yeast. The finish had a slight floral hoppy bitterness to it.

M- Medium light bodied and smooth with a pretty dry finish. The carbonation was pretty high and could have been toned down just a little, but that didn't hurt it too much.

Overall this was a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale the best and most traditional one I have had to date. The aroma and look of this beer was awesome and the flavor was subtle yet pretty complex. It wasn't as flavorful as some of the American versions I have tried but it made up for that with it's complexity and the subtle flavors and great body made this beer have some great drinkability, this would hit the spot on a warm summer night. It was a little expensive but I feel it is worth the price to enjoy this beer once in a while. If you like Belgians this is a must try, a great old school brew.

Photo of wingnutter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coudy golden amber with a tight, lingering head. Nice lacing. Smells fruity, yeasty. Tastes great. Sweet/Sour, orange zest, biscuity, slight apple notes. Smooth and creamy/buttery. This is good beer. As good if not better than any trappist ale Ive tried. Great bitter fruity aftertaste. Alcohol didn't show itself in the taste.

World class.

Photo of TheNapkin
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer. Sour, malty, and dry. A truly world-class Belgian. Great carbonation (meaning it's balanced with the flavor, not excessive and not underwhelmed), highly drinkable, great tartness and just enough thinness in the body to go down easy. Pleasant in so many ways.

Photo of jpd026
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle424
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks great, in short. Golden in color, seems to glow when you hold it up to the light. The head is dense and creamy, with bubbles too small to see in places. Smell is sweet but with a bitter note in the background and something like cloves. Tastes peppery at first, but that quickly mellows to reveal the malt. That, in turn, yields to the dry, slightly acidic finish that is a very crisp, refreshing combination indeed. I suspect that aging would only benefit this one, though I've never tried it. Mouthfeel is very good, silky and oily, which makes a nice contrast to the crisp flavor finish. Drinkability is good but the dryness of the aftertaste usually means I only have one of these in a session. I haven't had another beer like this, its really a great, unique experience. Pair it with (as you can at the cafe nearby) a ham, potato, and cheese stew, cooked in the beer, and you've really got something!

Photo of mikeys01
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seved from a nice pear shaped bottle, my Orval poured out very well carbonated and buried in an avalanche of voluminous off white foamy head. This foamy mass took it's sweet old time melting away and becoming quite rocky in nature as it eroded. Buried beneath was a volume of hazy ale the color of early sunset orange. Aroma is yeasty, a bit bitter, and hint of orange peel and spice. Body is medium and almost refreshing while stil chilled a bit. Flavor is at first dominated by malt and funky bread flavors, with only a hint of spice at first as well as some lemon tartness. After a couple sips, more peppery tang and citrus flavors push through the malt and yeast to make them selves known. Finish brings out just a bit of alcohol warmth and is otherwise clean.

Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a deep amber with a huge white foamy head that stays around through the whole experience, lacing is excellent.

smell is spice, dark fruit, orange, hops, and some lemon-lime hidden in the back.

taste is carbonated, sour malt, citrus, orange, sweet fruit, few hops in the end, and some spic, leaves the mouth on the dry side.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, bottled on date 24/04/2007 best before 24/04/2012. A hazy light amber pour ,loads of carbonation bubbles,and a huge fluffy off white head, wonderful lacing and lasted till the very end.
Aroma is a wonderful scent of spices,sugar and lemon,lighter notes of orange and a nice finish of yeast and hops.The flavor is a blend of spices & lemon, Light banana notes and fruity esters form the yeast, nice bready notes, a crisp refreshing mouthfeel with a very dry finish of hops and alcohol. Very complex and balanced.A very fun try .

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,647 ratings.