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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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3,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 3890
Reviews: 2078
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%

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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of harrymel


2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Time to revisit this one.
Bottled October 2012

Standard lightly hazed honey colored ale with a huge foam cap that falls to a central dome in about ten minutes. The bubbles almost look like a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Smells of grain, hay, grass, pineapple, pear, and a little clay yeast. Flavor is bitter with a solid biscuity malt profile, some nice corn character and a hint of english cucumber muddled in there someplace. Medium on thin with nearly flat carbonation at this point and a refreshing finish. I'm torn on this beer, as I move toward more delicate beers with nuance and what I currently consider maturity in the beer - I feel like this is a good beer and understand how it's considered world class. I cannot see, however, how this manages to be a approachable beer for me, but leaves me simply empty at the end. I don't long for more, I don't take a sip and immediately want another. For these reasons I continue to steer clear of this one.

From notes verbatim on 10/28/10
A: Pale apricot ale with massive head that just keeps growing. Maybe overly carbonated? Dull clarity.
S: Lots of bretty funk. Sharp, strong, herbal. I'm fairly neutral to this one.
T: This beer is soooo bitter to me. I can't tell why. I may need to revisit this beer to make sure I'm not having an off night.
M: Very carbonated. Medium body ale.
D: I struggled to finish this beer. This makes me wonder if I simply got a bad bottle, or maybe I just am having an off night. But this is horrible.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 05:28:45 | More by harrymel
Photo of L-Ray

Manitoba (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed one on my way out of the old liquor store. Always meaning to try more Belgian beers so no time like the present. Said it was bottled Oct 2012 but had a best before date of Oct 2017?? Wth? I'm taking my chances and letting my $3 ride.

A - Hazy copper. Poured in cold Stella glass. Freaking 3.5 fingers. Of foamy head with slow retention. How do they do that without paint shakers?
S - Smell is grassy and bready at the same time. Definite notes of sourness. Not my typical brew.
T - Dry sweet hoppy grassy flavours dominate. Carbonation is prominently on board. No real roasted malt or nuttiness. Almost dry and wine-ish.
M- Fizzy carbonated feel.
O- I don't know if its the lack of freshness but this isn't my kind of style anyway. Perhaps sitting at a tap in Brussells and not being at work would rocket this baby up the happy-meter, but I will concede I just parted with $3 in the govt coffers that didn't do me a lot in return. Stella! Stella!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 00:32:07 | More by L-Ray
Photo of Smurf2055


3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between blond and amber. There’s a lot of carbonation on this. Great three fingers white head, really good lacing and retention.

Very crisp smelling. Maybe it’s the Belgium yeast, but it almost smells sour.

Taste is ,again, very crisp, hoppy. Slightly sour, very balanced.

Very carbonated. Super rich. Most unique Trappist I’ve had so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:25:03 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7.18.12, so a bit less than a year old. Poured into a "softball sized" snifter.

Really a pretty pour with a head that sits for a moment, then recedes gradually as if to indicate it's ready to be sampled. Not nearly as milky or hazy as some other BPAs (or more specifically other trappist ales).

The smell on this one can take over an otherwise neutral smelling room. The initial rush has a lot but definitely ripe banana, some spice, lemon (rind)... I am always a sucker for the super dry french/normandy cidres, and this beer has a similar bit of yeast that predicates where the taste will go.

A supremely dry beer. There is hardly a trace of fruit on the tongue, and no alcohol at all. It's just an acidic grain-y sensation that is a unique counter to the huge ripe fruits on the nose.

The first couple times I had this beer I didn't "get" what was all about. Now I see it as a different and valuable part of the belgian/trappist interpretation of Pale Ale. This beer really bridges two of the major Belgian styles: dry and refreshing enough to hang with the classic Saisons, and enough spice and ripeness to rival the finest tripels.

While Rochefort 12 or St Barnardus 12 are on my "must try" list for people just getting started, Orval is the one who can bring the "AH HA!" back to the most jaded Advocate.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:11:38 | More by Prince_Casual
Photo of Dope


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/06/2010. Pretty much exactly 3.5 years old.

A: Pours an ominous sort of clear light red. Huge fluffy and fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly and erratically, producing weird mountainous tufts of foam. Leaves moderate splotchy lacing behind with good retention.

S: Can smell this one across the room. Big fruity aroma. LOTS of overripe bananas. A little metallic twang. Hard to find anything under the banana. Kinda get a lemon meringue pie, complete with graham cracker crust. Weird, I know. But pleasant.

T: Hmph. Sweet melons and bananas. Some bready malt kicks in it, almost graham cracker like. Banana almost turns tart in the finish with some metallic and grassy flavors. Dry in the finish.

M: Nice medium body. Higher carbonation but nothing over the top.

O: Not a bad BPA. Very interesting fruitiness with good sweetness and drying contrasts. Odd metallic flavor kinda detracts a bit, not sure what that's all about - possibly due to the age? Still, flavors meld together well and this is an exceptionally drinkable brew. I enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:37:37 | More by Dope
Photo of eric5bellies


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Orval Chalice. I can't believe i haven't reviewed this beer yet !

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper colour with a tight White head that stays the course and laces the glass.

S - Magnificent aromas of Melon, Citrus Fruits, yeast and malt all rolled in to one.

T - Plenty of the above flavours with some nice balnaced malt and apple. The finish is incredibly smooth and no sign of the ABV.

M - Medium body and carbonation that is so damn smooth.

O - This is an iconic beer made by perfectionists. You will never grow tired of this beer and it has a flavour all of its own. One of those beers that is both sessionable and serves as a great nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 10:21:18 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear


4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Nice tight Trappist head with minimal lacing, sufficient carbonation, deep reddish-brown color. The nose was faint, and as I took my first sip, I caught subtle fruity notes of dates and currants with a yeasty fresh-bread finish.

I really like this one. The taste was damn near perfect...wonderfully balanced with a clean and light finish that lacked any boozy bite. An absolutely outstanding Trappist that has cracked my Top 5. I will most certainly be purchasing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:53:24 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
Photo of drrone


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:08:50 | More by drrone
Photo of JohnG190

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:25:41 | More by JohnG190
Photo of bobhits


2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a La Trappe glass. A HUGE massive over the top head forms this is amazing and the body that comes with the head, pretty darn impressive. The body does remind one of a thick unfiltered IPA though on the golden side.

The aromas brings out sour notes, cider, apples, maybe pears?, and some lemon notes. Very dry and there isn't much sugar in this one and with that there isn't a lot of sour. It's very subtle.

Complex? Definitely. It reminds me of a cider with brett sour notes. The problem is it isn't good. Those flavors are ok but they could use more brett or more sugar from malts. There's some herbal bitterness perhaps from hops. It's subtle. There's a lingering sour/hop blended finish the lasts a while. I'm just not liking this beer.

Given it is a sour I didn't expect much body and there isn't much. The head was amazing but the carbonation in the body was below average for a beer...somewhat expected for the style.

Look, I know this one has a huge amount of lovers. Maybe this bottle is between ideal age? About 10 months old maybe another year makes it more sour or a bit fresher it is a bit more something? I don't know. Either way there's nothing really wrong. I have no idea what style you'd call this, it isn't a belgian pale ale as I've come to know them. So I'm not sure how to really judge it....a sour but not sour pale ale? Sorry I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:58:30 | More by bobhits
Photo of dorianmarley


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is golden, opaque honey amber. Massive, fluffy head. Light, bubbly lacing.

Nose has tons of yeast. Spicy too; cinnamon and nutmeg. Sour fruit. Sweet lime.

Taste is dry, with an almost rye quality. Tons of fresh baked bread. Yeasty in a good way. Not as sweet as the smell suggested.

Almost perfect mouthfeel. It has a lot of carbonation; almost like a seltzer water. Very smooth. Fluffy head lightens every sip.

Overall, not as complex as many Belgians. In a way, it is refreshing in how straightforward it is. Fun to drink, but the heavy carbonation makes it sippable, not gluggable. Never overwhelming; every sip is pleasant. The head is the most impressive I have seen. Not a nerdy beer, more of a back porch easygoing beer when you're trying to kick back and sip on one or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:08:16 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish, cloudy with big head

Aroma: Peppery, tart fruit

Taste: Fruit (gooseberry I guess, based on other reviews), bitter, herbal

Remarks: This is my least favorite of the Trappist Ales that I've had. It's not bad overall, but it clearly doesn't compete with, say, Rochefort, Chimay or Westvleteren. The Abbey is a very interesting place to visit, BTW.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:55:21 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of joesmithrealname


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seven trillion Monks can't be wrong.

The humongous spongy foamy head, sprinkled ever-so-slightly with some extra yeasts...

The aroma of two hundred years ago.

The looks from people drinking an overly hopped battering ram in a glass, wondering what POSSibly was going on behind my Cheshire Cat grin.

Expensive but worth it, if you value your life, and the moments that remain.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:48:13 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of MDDMD


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-hazy amber color with a huge off-white head and good lacing

S-fruit, bread, yeast funk, sweetness, grassy, slight herbal, very complex

T-bread, caramel malt, grassy, lemon, orange, some bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate to high carbonation, crisp and dry

O-solid BPA with a great aroma, would be great pared with some cheese

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:25:36 | More by MDDMD
Photo of dwren89


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber, hazy, sticky, foamy head

Aroma: fruit sweetness with notes of citrus, malty sweetness

Taste: mild fruit sweetness with strong malt character, recognizable tart orange hints, hops not recognizeable

Mouthfeel: well attenuated, medium-light body,

Overall Impression: though not as complex as other Trappist ales, this one does achieve impressive drinkability for the the Dubbel style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:04:09 | More by dwren89
Photo of joaopmgoncalves


4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: It's a well carbonated beer with a beautiful orange body.
S: It has a yeasty and grassy smell that mixes very well with the orange within its smell.
T: You can notice the small citric overtones all over the Orval and it's also very yeasty.
M: Good carbonation as said previously. It's smooth and the low IBU (32) mixed with the lower alcohol level makes Orval an easy beer to drink.
O: Basically, it's an awesome beer. It's a good Belgian Pale Ale to introduce your friends to the wonderful world of beer. Anyone can taste the greatness in Orval.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 19:32:42 | More by joaopmgoncalves
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a billowing head of resilient foam that finally dwindled to a rocky cap with dense, sticky lacing. A spectacular pour into a tulip. Nose is complex and kept expanding as it warmed. Sweet Belgian yeast, apples, floral, banana, some medicinal alcohol, a little caramel malt poking through all that bright fruit and brett funk and ultimately finds some spice character. Taste is superb. Relaxed, smooth, full without heaviness, some lemon, some hay and horse blanket. No alcohol on the palate at all. Drinks very dry and leaves a long bitter finish that isn’t tart or sour. It’s earthy and hop bitter. Very impressive, indulgent, full of traditional character and easily approachable for a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:53:51 | More by utopiajane
Photo of hagbergl


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle of Orval into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance (4/5): Big two and a half finger head of of white over a cloudy orange body. Beautiful. Tight bubbles tell me this is a well-carbonated beer. Extraordinary head retention.

Smell (4.25/5): Yeasty and bretty smell. Lots of sweet bread and light tart funkiness, spice, herbal and medicinal notes, grassy notes from the hops.

Taste (4.5/5): Spicier and yeastier in the taste. Not very sweet. Plenty of brett, though it's pretty light compared to some other beers with brettanomyces that I've had. At the front of the tongue, get some nice effervescence, middle of the tongue transition from bretty funk to a wheat bread and spicy yeasty clove-y flavor that's slightly bitter and lingers for a while. Very interesting and totally unique.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Excellent carbonation level. Brett adds some effervescence. Very smooth and goes down easy. The lower alcohol level on this beer means you don't have to exercise too much caution with it. A very nice summertime beer.

Overall (4.5/5): Orval is legendary for a reason. It's a totally awesome beer and a great intro to Brett-infused beer. While it's not a particularly intense beer, it's very refreshing and certainly a unique take on the Belgian Pale Ale. One of the rare Trappist ales that isn't thick and heavy. It also features more obvious hop character than those beers. Great stuff that's certainly worth buying if you see it hanging out on the shelf. And fear not–Orval has quite a good shelf life. Dust off that bottle from 2010 and enjoy some vintage beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:03:30 | More by hagbergl
Photo of J_Dub


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-opaque amber color. No matter how you pour this beer it will produce a generous white head. Tons of lacing as the head dies down.

The nose is the strongest part of this brew. Fruity smell I can't quite place. Reminds me of a hefeweizen actually. Spicy notes dominate with floral and malty hints throughout. There's also a grassy, earthy yeast smell that is very pleasing.

The taste is a slight let down after the wonderful smell. Malt and spiciness right up front with just hint of floral and malt. The overall taste is similar to the nose but doesn't have all the complex layers. The end of the sip brings some grassy flavors but it is too watered down for my tastes. If you could just boost the flavors that are present it would put this beer into a higher plane. As it is, it's very good but misses just slightly.

The mouthfeel is just as expected from a belgian pale. High levels of carbonation. Nice clean and crisp finish.

Fantastic overall beer. Very drinkable and a good representation of the style. My only letdown was that the flavor wasn't as good as the smell led on (but still fantastic overall).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:32:16 | More by J_Dub
Photo of microbrewlover


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew comes in a pretty black bottle with a "Best Before" date on the back. When the cap is popped there is an audible hiss and a lot of gas wafts out. This brew pours with a massive head, it took me three pours to get the whole beer into the glass, most of the thick creamy head stays on top of the beer during drinking. There is also lots of thick, fluffy lacing.

The smell is farmhouse wheat funky along with floral and citrus hops. There is also a lot of fruit in the smell, maybe apples and melon.

The taste is very sweet on the front end and spicy hops on the back end. There is also a wheat and fruit taste.

This beer feels both thick and chewy as well as creamy. It goes down smooth with a little dryness on the backend. Some hop oils remain on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall, I am not sure what to think since this is my first Belgian Pale Ale. It is definitely sweeter than an American Pale ale but the hops that come in on the backend are strong but not overpowering. I like it, I am going to try more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:31:50 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brownish gold with an immense, airy beige head. Really active head necessitates a few pours. Huge soapy bubbles pop and leave gorgeous, sticky lacing as the head eases down; only okay retention though.

Really present, cohesive nose. Great yeasty Belgian smell with some sweeter notes of over ripe fruit, dough set out to rise, and burnt sugar.

Nice mellow flavor. It is neither sweet nor bitter. Extremely well-balanced with a generally stanky, grassy, funk. Fabulous.

Really smooth overall. Effortlessly hits all the right notes. Crisp up front, a little tinge of citrusy tea that gets darker and danker. Nice smooth, lingering finish.

Fantastic beer. Has everything that a beer needs. Every good beer characteristic (refreshing, warm, hoppy, malty, creamy, earthy, etc., etc.) balanced in a single bottle. Would actively seek it out in the future to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:09:12 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of jlindros


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

Bottled on 08/30/12, almost a year old... I love how they actually date the beer and give a best by date, for a famous Trappist Belgian beer.

Even a gentle pour yields a 3 finger huge head and forces me to stop pouring, it fades at a decent rate with big bubbles popping and leaving a nice soap bubbled lacing everywhere like a mess of it, hazy amber color.

Nose is great, a great Belgian with nice wild funk, nice Belgian blond malts, little sweetness and perhaps hint of candi sugar, then grassy aromas, lemony, nice Brett like funk on the lighter side, floral, a little fruity as well, just a touch of a light bready malt, a bit of a sweet candy aroma on the back end as well.

Taste brings sweet malts at first, a nice Belgian golden blond like malt, with some sweetness and a light candi sugar, and general candy like flavor with hint of fruits even. Then into some wild funk, not a ton of funk but a nice Brett like funk, bit chewy and yeasty, with some bready malts. It also brings an interesting bitterness, a light spicy hop character. Funk gets stronger the more I go but never super funky. Finish is dry but a bit sticky, sweet candy malts lingering slightly, a bit more funk, bit more spicy like hops, and light bready malt character.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of fluffy carb.

Overall a really interesting beer, nice Belgian characters blended with nice Brett like funk. This is not even a year old so the wild character is barely there, but I've had some quite aged ones and they are a lot funkier and awesome. Maybe I should re-review an old bottle sometime, but still a great Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:26:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of jdhowe


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

Reviewed in memoriam Simon Johnson (Reluctant Scooper).

I've never had Orval, and I've got no expectations about this beer.

Poured from a bottle dated 30/08/2012.

Bottle opens with a loud hiss and visible gas release... this thing is very carbonated.

A: Pours a clear, deep golden color with tons of fluffy white head. I can't quantify the head because I had to wait for it to recede to finish the pour. I'll go with "lots."

S: An earthy, funky, sort of farmhouse aroma backed by sweet fruitiness portending Belgian yeast esters.

T: Sweetness of fruit hits the palate right away, backed by a weaker spiciness that persists through the sip. The spiciness caught me off-guard because I didn't detect it in the nose. Then it's a strong punch of that farmhouse funk, which plays rough with the carbonation on the body -- there's a lot happening in my mouth with each sip, and it would be a lie to claim I didn't miss anything. The finish is smooth with a flavor reminiscent of apple cider -- vaguely citric with some complexity. This beer tastes very good. It's a bit funkier than I like, but I try to avoid deducting for preference when I can.

M: Thin to light medium body, plentifully carbonated. Not going to lie -- I think the carbonation is just a little overdone here. Overall very drinkable -- I'm surprised at just how much of this beer I've consumed while typing this.

O: I quite enjoyed this. I'm sure I would have quite enjoyed meeting Simon. May he rest in peace.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 03:38:01 | More by jdhowe
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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

A - Light honey colored amber beer. A nice bubbly head when poured moderately. Some fizzy carbonation.

S - Dry and funky, with some farmhouse aromas. Old linens, old musky wood, hay/straw all whirl about. Sight tartness and acidity present in the nose.

T - Pretty mild flavors in comparison to the nose. Tart and some funk. Definitely fairly earthy and dry flavored. A mellow acidity here. Quite drinkable.

M - Fizzy and tingling carbonation. Drying.

O - Solid drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:46:41 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of Roguer


4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well, there must have been some massive carbonation, because 2 fingers of beer filled up the rest of my Duvel tulip with thick, snow-white head! Even after letting it settle and re-pouring the rest of the bottle, I ended with four fingers. The beer itself is a beautiful dark golden color, with thick clouds and carbonation in the middle. (I would have rated the appearance higher if not for the excessive head). Lacing clings to the glass with a broad line at the top and spiderweb patches below. Longest lasting head I've ever seen!

S - Smooth and citrusy, clean (not unlike soap). Not that different from most Trappist strong ales or tripels. A lovely, clean sweetness wafts out of the head. Loses the aroma quickly as it warms.

T - This is different! I expected something similar to the other Trappist ales I've had, and it is...yet it's different. For everything that the aroma is subdued, the taste is sharp. It almost tastes hoppy on the tip of the tongue, with some Belgian yeast washing over, and a wheat-malt finish. Not particularly sweet - fruit, malt, or candi. Very spicy, with clove, some pepper, a bit of an earthy feel. Nice tangy (but not citrus) on the back end as the beer warms. Very complex and interesting.

M - Initially a little sharp and carbonated. Easier to take in and swish around as it warms a bit. As it warms, it starts to cling pleasantly to the mouth and throat.

O - This is a very interesting ale. It's more complex but less sweet than the other Trappist ales I've had; I also like it less. Reminds me of a good cigar: complex, a little spicy, not overly sweet.

Bottled in July 2012.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:04:46 | More by Roguer
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 3,890 ratings.