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

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4,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,407
Reviews: 2,119
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 211
Gots: 416 | 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 yossarian14
5/5  rDev +19%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BILF
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BILF, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of fisherbray
5/5  rDev +19%

fisherbray, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of beb86
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of JakeBarnett
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

JakeBarnett, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of jhhollier
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jhhollier, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 13 Nov. 2008. Best by 13 Nov. 2010.

Pale copper with loads of silky white head. Tons of carbonation; nice clarity and great head retention.

Aroma has plenty of Belgian yeast spice notes, some clove and definitely spicy coriander. Lemony citrus aromas and some other fruity notes. Underlying this is a definite nice earthy funk aroma.

More spicy yeast notes, the definitive Belgian trappist flavor. Paired with very musty, earthy and funky Brett notes. The flavor is brightened nicely with a lemony acidity.

Crisp and well carbonated, silky. The earthy Brett characteristics make for a very heavy body that is somewhat fatiguing to the palate.

A lovely brew all around. Great yeast and spicy notes; and the Brett pairs quite nicely with the brighter acidic and fruity notes.

goldbot, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of HoneyLamb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

HoneyLamb, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Guden
2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip it has a large white head that slowly fades to a half inch layer. Golden copper color with a slight haze.

S- must, basement, funk, some hoppiness despite being almost a year old bottle.

T/M- funk, bitterness, light esters (banana) and phenols (clove, medicinal). Light on the tongue with high carbonation and low body. Finishes fairly bitter and dry

O- not really anything great about this beer. It's a bit of a disappointment with the Brett coming more as stale basement funk than anything exciting and interesting. Between light oxidation, faded hops and the yeast derived flavors the overwhelming characteristic is "stale".

Guden, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of crownrl28
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

crownrl28, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of brewtus
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I've always passed this up due to its easy avilablitity.
A- woah pours with a huge fluffy white head, orange and pretty clear.
S- I get banana, sweet, bready, funk, hay,
T- nice and hoppy, dry, champaign like taste, straw, some citrus fruit, some funk
M- pretty carbonated
O- very good, I expected a lot more of the traditional coriander and banana. It is a very good, glad I finally tried it

brewtus, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of BitteBier
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful, active pour. Golden amber with a monstrous head reminiscent of a (root) beer float. Active carbonation on the way up and swirls of sediment on the way down. Subtle, clean grain smell with spiciness on the fringes. Eminently smooth texture with a complex palate that ranges from a sweet, malty start to a very crisp middle and dry, warm finish. A very pleasant find.

BitteBier, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of harrisjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

harrisjohnson, Aug 05, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Fordknox
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%

Fordknox, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a Duvel chalice. The bottle lists the ABV, the bottled on date, and a drink by date,

A: Cloudy burnished gold and orange with a very thick, white head that looks like a milkshake.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, funky yeast, and sugar.

T: Delicious toasty malt backed by a strong yet elegant back bone of hoppy grapefruit and pine (there is also a slight bubblegum). The finish has nice hops, but it does not overdue it.

M: Medium and dry with a nice zing of carbonation.

O: Sometimes I feel like people in America assume that since a beer is from Belgium it must be good. There is no mistaking Orval; it is very good. The beer is balanced and elegant, and it easy blends a higher alcohol percentage. Lovely flavors continue to develop as the beer warms. It truly is a a winner.

ianjsullivan, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MaineMike, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Dark gold in body. Great white head with wonderful retention.

S- Caramel notes backed up by a bit of a Brett funk, and spices.

T- Mild caramel flavor, with a bit of a biscuity/grain flavor. Brett and spice are more in the background.

M- Pretty light and delicate in body. Subtle carbonation, and a semi dry finish.

O- There are lots of subtleties in this beer. Nothing is over the top, but there is so much depth. Really a wonderful beer.

BWED, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of GinsuDave
5/5  rDev +19%

GinsuDave, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of bca115
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bca115, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated 20-06-2007 on the bottle.

Pours hazy orange in color, huge white head that lasts and lasts, leaving sheets of lacing the whole way down. Aroma is very strong, lots of yeast (barnyard, dough, some cheese), some perfume, flower, and grass from the hops, and some spiciness. Flavor starts with some of the perfume coming through, turns slightly sour, ends with some herbal grassy hop flavor. Body is medium, and ends dry as can be.

goz, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of Spineypanda
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden amber, with a billowing head that is made up of the most refined looking bubbles.
Smells of horse sweat, tart apples, and lemon with a serious undertone of so many smells it will take me a few times to pull them out.
With a seriously bubbly mouth feel, it has a nice effect on the belly.
First taste to hit the tongue is the sour citrus which you taste almost immediately on the end of your tongue. Tartness that was smelled is picked up from maybe the hops.

So much more to the beer than what I have written but one of the best if not the best I have ever had.

Spineypanda, Apr 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of justforrazors
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

justforrazors, May 10, 2013
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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