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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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4,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,433
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 213
Gots: 427 | FT: 10
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 WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, bottled on 06/10/11, best before 06/10/16, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep amber / candied apple color, topped with a thick, lush, creamy head, leaves great lacing.

S- Fruity aromas of pear and apple, herbal, slightly medicinal aroma, some mild yeastiness.

T- Caramel sweetness, followed by crispy pear and spicy herbs, some mild medicinal quality, a bit of funk, finish is dry and spicy.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, very flavorful and drinkable.

WillCarrera, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a huge crowning fluffy white head, amazing retention, leaves superb lacing and film. Colour is a brown amber, with active carbonation. A true beauty.

Smell has some prominent belgian yeasty esters. Aged lemon, grapefruit, some vineous wine barrels and sour cherry notes. A definitite Brett sourness on the back. Some bready malt but its quite underplayed. Overall an impecible slightly bitter fruity sourness with real balance.

Taste has a crisp, slight biscuit malt, citrus hops and a soft brett estery sourness, barnyard comes through a bit. Some florals, winey sourness and a complex citrus hop bitterness but a great caramel semi-sweet malt body throughout. The taste is quite rich, with steller complexity, a light minerally touch. The finish is dry, straw, and pleasantly malty.

Mouthfeel has a moderate caramel roasty malt body with some soft carbonation to give a nice refreshing feel. Really nice and drinkable. A solid amount of body but a nice alcohol warmth to boot.

Really quite impeccable beer. It deserves to be hyped, and avoids going overboard on any respects, maintaining a quite complexity and great drinkability. This was had quite young, and I would love to try aging a couple bottles for a year or two. The brett came out most on the nose, where the taste was full of intricacies, a great beer.

mick303, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ncehreli
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ncehreli, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tziggy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tziggy, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mrsimm
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mrsimm, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Polasiuss
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Polasiuss, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of kaneel
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

kaneel, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip.
bottled 01/06/2010 (best before 01/06/2015)

pours a cloudy dark amber tone while yielding a massive 3"+ of foamy, off-white head that quickly recedes into a collar around the glass. nose is of average strength and lead by fruit (apples or maybe pear, some citrus), belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. there's also a little funk, the suggestion that there's some tartness to it.

to me, the flavor disappoints. elements of the nose are present - the fruit, yeast, and some pepper, maybe coriander, but i get a strong astringency to it. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with very high carbonation.

overall this is my least favorite offering of the trappists to date. surprising, as i had high hopes for this classic. not drainpour territory, and i can see where some would enjoy it, but alas it's just not for me.

(originally reviewed: 06-13-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of jnolan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jnolan, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orval Trappist Ale pours a bit of a dark golden color, with not much of a lacy head. The smell is a bit sweet and has come candy aromas, on a strawery backbone. The taste is much the same sweet candy flavors on a strawery backbone. I thought it was a bit too sweet, but had a nice flavor. Overall i found it an above average beer, a bit too sweet and overrated in my opinion.

vette2006c5r, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of skellock
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

skellock, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of wfcubsfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

wfcubsfan, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. uniquely shaped bottle into an Orval chalice

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a two finger clean white head. Abundant lacing visible along the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and flora with a hint of pine. Seems to be a medium-bodied brew at first but finishes light, very dry, crisp, and clean. Tart citrus rind and grass dominate with dry, fruit tones throughout. Fantastic dry Belgian pale ale. Definitely one of the very best available.

chanokokoro, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 2011 dated; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - a darker copper body than memory served, light beige ring

smell: herbal, bready, trace hints of brett, a little funk, some citric hops

taste: some "euroskunk" at first, which thankfully clears as this one opens up...still the funk isn't that heavy, and the brett in say NG Golden Ale seems more graceful. Orval is quite earthy with some rustic bready flavors, must, hay, leafy bitterness

mouthfeel: light, well carbonated

overall: solid stuff, but this bottle isnt reminiscent of ones consumed overseas

dirtylou, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6/8/12 (re-review, 2008 vintage, 4.95/5.0)
Translucent light amber/clover honey with much bubbling and frothing. A piling, chunky, white head towered over my Leffe goblet and receded slowly, leaving behind a huge mass of bubbles on the side of the glass. Bubbles continuously rose from the apex of the glass. Estery, hint of white grape with lemon/orange rinds, yeasty and a touch of funk akin to the grassy meadows behind a barn. Very light alcohol tone. Bananas in the flavor along with the aforementioned flavors. Dry finish, effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable, very delicious.

6/1/08 (4.85/5.0)
A - poured a cloudy honey amber with a massive frothing white 3" head that piled above my tulip goblet that retained beautifully and of course, had the signature Belgian lacing with giant islands of bubbly lace on my glass. Never seen anything quite like it!

S - orange peel, malts, fresh lemon grass, slight yeast and esters. Very Belgian.

T - citrusy, tangy, and mildly bitter finish. Notes of yeastiness and breadiness. Very clean. Well hidden alcohol.

M - light/medium bodied with very mild carbonation

D - excellent drinkability. This brew really captures what a tasty beer should be. Just because it's tasty and full flavored doesn't mean it needs to be undrinkable. Yet, with the price, I would only have one on occasion :(

Overall - I must first note that I let this age for about 4.5 months before I couldn't help it any longer and enjoyed it as a graduation gift to myself. A most excellent Belgian Trappist Ale. Very interesting and complex. I highly recommend this gem of an ale to be enjoyed during a light dinner or as a stand-alone. I had this by itself and it was most satisfying. Will buy again...when I can afford $6 for an 11.2 vase-like bottle.

DmanGTR, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of mcss
2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of bspain5
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

bspain5, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of fgilbert2
5/5  rDev +19%

fgilbert2, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled 29/02/2012. Used to love this beer and previously rated it a 4.6, but it's now been quite a while since i've been drinking a really great one

A- Unattractive, murky dark orange, with some brighter shades if seen through light. Healty, dense 2 fingers white head that shows very good retention while also leaving loads of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Fresh and sharply bitter herbal/grassy aroma with an earthy/bretty note on the back of things. Some citric hints may also be detected

T- A slight touch of malt sweetness (caramel) is soon overwhelmed by a strong yeasty character, which brings notes of funk along with a bit of spiciness. Nice dose of hop bitterness (though maybe not as bitter as the smell suggested), with strong citric (definitely lemon) and grapefruit notes in evidence. Overall slighty more on the earthy side than the smell suggested

M- Medium to full bodied with quite strong, sharp carbonation. Very lively on the tongue, still decently creamy on the palate thanks to the everlasting head. Very much a raw mouthfeel

O- Has a quite unique, peculiar bittering profile that does not make it an easy drinker, though i would still consider this one as a quite refreshing ale. Overall, a super-yeasty, unique beer that is packed with flavour, though it's been a lot of tries since i last found that amazing complexity and balance that i'm still expecting everytime i'm trying one of these

Cozzatoad, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

RoryOMoore, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Keegan, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of anwo56
4/5  rDev -4.8%

anwo56, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -4.8%

chickenm, Jun 02, 2012
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,433 ratings.