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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,535 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,535
Reviews: 2,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 226
Gots: 462 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 GatorLCA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not overly impressed by this offering, in fact a little dissappointed. It poured ok, the classic light color cloudy yellow I have come to exspect from the Belgiums. But after that, it just fell apart. The ABV was not balanced, IMHO, properly. Too much alcohol taste. The hops weren't very impressive, yes they were there, but showing up is only half the work. I felt they didn't blen well. It went down in a forceful way, each sip anticipating it's taste, not in a good way. I'll refrain from this beer in the future.

Photo of TommyW
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark copper/gold with a fluffy white head that doesn't stick too much.

S- Dry/tart fruity aromas, clean floral hops and a slight medicinal quality.

T- Buttery malt backbone is barely noticeable with everything else going on. A fresh, floral hop taste comes in with a quick bittering phase. A slight medicinal quality is also present. The finish is not overly dry but has a long-lingering clean hay aspect.

M- Medium to light with an aggressive carbonation.

D- Really a great brew; the history behind the beer only makes it more interesting. Truly a great beer to try.

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cfadams17
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Arch578
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Orval's appearance is one of the most outstanding I've seen. Pours a deep apricot-colored liquid with a commanding, bubbly white head. Head retention is ridiculously good. Nose is of various fruit, brettanomyces yeast, and substantial clove. Taste is rather sour and dry, but not overly so. The acidic yet well-carbonated mouthfeel is appropriate. Drinkability is fairly strong for a challenging brew like this. Orval is certainly a unique Trappist ale, and one whose attention is well-deserved.

Photo of callmescraps
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking bottle that's for damn sure. Great cap too.

Appearance - A hazy apple cider color. Sort of gold orange with a massive rocky off-white head. Huge iceberg of a head. Great looking. Nice lacing.

Smell - Funky hay. Sweet cherries. A little medicinal spice. Tart apples. A little funky yeast and a hint of booze. Smells just awesome.

Taste - Sweet tart apples up front. Not quite as much spice as I might want. Honestly, kind of thin. It smells so nice but it just doesn't follow up on the potential. A little bread. A hint of the medicinal goodness that I love, but sort of fades away. It's sort of complex, but it just doesn't add up to quite enough.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation. Not too thick. Pretty smooth, but no tongue coating goodness.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. It's a nice beer, goes down easy.

This is a good beer, just not lighting my world on fire. I was so excited from the look and the smell, but then it just fell a little flat for me. A little oomph away from being fantastic.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy and burnt orange in color with a big head, good retention and nice lacing.

S - Clove, spice, lemon, hops, very floral.

T - Lots of banana and clove, tart and citrus, somewhat bitter bite on the back end.

M - Slightly over carbonated for me, a little to bright.

D - Although I thoroughly enjoyed the smell and taste of this beer, the level of carbonation it just too much for me to enjoy more than one or two of these.

Photo of d5001986
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of JDM44
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

had this from draft and in a chalice type glass. Had a good head to it along with a really good dark orange color

nicely aromatic with tones of oranges, pears, some malts, and a slight touch of citrus hops. very well balanced and aromatic

the aromas are backed up by a real smooth and delicious medium/full body. good depth on the flavors as well with the flavors mostly being more oranges and bits of citrus hops+malts

its been a while since I've had an orval. This reminded me quickly that my next one should be a lot sooner

Photo of MmmIPA
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle I had was almost 14 months old.

Cloudy orangish bosy with a 2 finger white head that looks like soap bubbles.Thick pillowly head.

Smells like peppar and coriander,some banana and like the candy Neco wafers.Smells like pudding also.
Peppery taste sorda bitter in the after taste.Yeasty and very creamy head. Mouthful is delicate and heavenly very creamy head and perfect carb. and thickness.Good beer very enjoyable and worth the price.I drank it with the company of my beutaful girlfreind and a nice night on the back porch.I will look for this beer again but a fresher bottle.

Photo of flannelman808
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a somewhat hazy amber color and is topped with a billowy bone white head. Pancake batter head which has nice lacing to boot. Fairly large bubbles throughout the foam.

S: This stuff smells so good! Lots going on; Spice, Lemon zest, ginger, grass, and a bit of a sour dried tangerine quality.

T: Tons of complexity and yet easy to drink. I get spice in the back of my palate, and some nice fruity esters in the front. There is some aloe like qualities going on as well. This is a very dry finishing beer. There is a mild hop quality coming through in the dryness as well.. not overbearing but present.

M: prickly and mouthfilling.

D: very easy to drink (but not fast)... the alcohol is completely hidden.

Photo of hotsudge
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Buttermilk
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BWH999
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vhmf1978
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Neorebel
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I pour into my goblet Orval appears as a beautiful shade of clear copper, topped with a very puffy 1" white head. The aroma is very rich and complex. I'm picking up spices, a yeasty 'farmhouse' funk, sugary malt, and various fruits- including green/sour apple, lemon and banana. What's nice about experiencing this beer is that the initial flavor and feel is crisp and peppery, with a subtle hint of hops, and the finish is a nice 'banana bread' aftertaste. Absolutely delicious and drinkable anytime. One of my favorite beers.

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

A murky dark copper/brown beer that has some gold in the light. A fluffy vanilla ice cream colored head doesn't leave much lacing, covered the beer until the final sip.

Smell is Belgian yeast, and as it warms up, a rich fruity green apple scent.

Taste is different. A strangely strong, yet mellow tart bitter hop flavor builds until the middle, dry malt on the finish, and that Belgian yeast is present throughout.

Beer with a bite, lively, and very drinkable.

I am always looking for something different, and this flavor has it. I have yet to have something so strong, yet mellow and nice. A great beer I will enjoy and recommend.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,535 ratings.