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

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4,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,493
Reviews: 2,128
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 218
Gots: 442 | FT: 12
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 ejw127
2/5  rDev -52.4%

ejw127, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4/5  rDev -4.8%

TheyCallMeYukon, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cd_beer_disapear, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Ken_P
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Ken_P, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of jdubjacket
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had higher expections for this beer.

Poured an amber color from the bottle. The head starts off strong and dissipates fairly quickly.

The smell and taste are somewhat citrusy. Unfortunately the smell is better than the taste. For a trappist ale, this beer is lacking in the taste & mouthfeel. Overall, I prefer the other trappist ales.

jdubjacket, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of weerezboy
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of HoneyLamb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

HoneyLamb, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Realale
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy orangish tan. Huge rocky beige head settles slowly to a rocky cap leaving chunks of foam on the side of the glass.

Slightly sour malty nose. Bit of the old barnyard. Some orange, and forest floor. Touch of pine as well. Just wonderful to smell.

Plenty of malt on the palate, which serves as a launching pad for a vast array of spice and herb flavors. I always get sage and clove as the predominant elements, but there's a good dose of thyme in this one as well. Strong chalkiness particularly in the finish, which is very long.

Mouthfeel is soft and lovely, and really lets the complexity shine through. Very drinkable and a real treat on its own or with dinner. I love Orval for its uniqueness. There really is nothing else like it. A classic.

Bottled on October 24, 2002, best before October 24, 2007.

Realale, Dec 05, 2003
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 StoicBeast
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

StoicBeast, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of schimschim
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

schimschim, Feb 25, 2014
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 Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Nutwood, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Trappist style ale is good - IT is not great but it is very good. Similar in character to the Chimay White. But I don't think is to be as good. Still a fine example of one of the few Trappist style Belgian ales left on earth though. This is a must try for the true Belgian fan. I would love to try it on tap someday.

Technical Info:
This brew gains its unusual orangey color from the use of three malts produced to its own specification. Its character has some acidity and spicy sage notes comes from its own single cell yeast in its bottle fermentation.

AtrumAnimus, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to cross off another one of the trappist ales. First I wanted to point out how attractive the rotund bottle shape is. The beer pours tons of beautiful white creamy head with a nice murky amber/red color. The beer smells sweet of pears and banana with just a hint of alcohol. The tastes follows suit with first hints of pear followed by some maltiness and alcohol and then finishing with a little bitter hoppy kick. The mouthfeel is really creamy and smooth with very little carbonation. This beer is really well balanced which is exactly what I expect of a trappist.

hoegaardenhero, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bouteille classique orval brune de forme bizarre de 330ml.

cette bière blonde passablement trouble, elle est doté d'une belle mousse blanche et épaisse, elle a un nez des plus épicé, ses bons houblons se font sentir, elle a un gout très houblonnée. piquant, elle se termine avec une belle longueur exemplaire.

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Amerikon
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Amerikon, Apr 07, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

zapahoppa, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Klebe
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Klebe, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Bjlps
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bjlps, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of lightindarkness
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best-by dated 23/03/2012, poured into a trappist goblet.

Pours a nice deep caramel color with lasting mounds of cream colored froth on top. Very nice coating lace.

Nose has a nice presentation of belgian style, with a sour funk over fainter grains in the back with a notable crisp green grape fruit balance.

Taste sits lightly on the palate at first, then increasing in sour and bitter character to the finish. Overall flavor is somewhat light, with mild grains and slight spicy notes in the middle, washing out, then finishing with an acidic bitterness and very faint alcohol fume. Leaves a bitter/sour flavor on the lips.

Lighter medium bodied, with full soft carbonation. Rather dry finish.

Acidic bitterness is making this one somewhat hard to love. Overall character is good, but much sharper than I expected. the flavor is growing on me a little.

lightindarkness, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Oboogie, Dec 10, 2011
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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