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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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4,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,687
Reviews: 2,167
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 254
Gots: 549 | 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.
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Ratings: 4,687 | Reviews: 2,167
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of IceAce
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on: 10:03:2004

Best before: 10:03:2009

Pours medium-copper with outstanding clarity and three fingers of dense off-white foam. Nose is of ripe apples with a beautiful yeasty backdrop.

Soft effervescent entry is followed by a slow build-up of palate pleasing sweetness at midtaste. Flavor is complex with hints of raisens & green apples mixing with an earthiness which becomes addicting midway through a 10 oz. tulip.

A swirl of the bottle and addition of the remnants manages to increase both flavor and intensity to the point of sheer nirvana.

The finish is champagne-quality dryness with a residual fade of funky, yeasty goodness.

Photo of Redwood21
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a little disappointed, i think it looks gorgeous but something about the aroma and taste is a bit off for me. it is by no means a bad beer though

there is almost an overly yeasty aroma and taste taht i keep picking up on. i am not too sure. i wish i could be more insightful, but i feel the way i do...

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of genog
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orangish color with a massive, fluffy white head

Smell Coriander, clove, other spices

Taste is very smooth. Banana, clove, spices

Carbonation that bubbles in your mouth, very good beer.

I enjoyed this beer a lot more than I thought I would. Not necessarily a huge Belgian Pale ale fan, but tried this on a friends suggestion.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
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 callmescraps
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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 TommyW
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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 BILF
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jon
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 flannelman808
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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