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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/15/16, consumed 7/8/18

L: Mostly clear amber with a thick, massive head that lasted & never fully dissapated, left a very little lacing. Last bit of the bottle will cloudy it up a bit.

S: Great, enticing aromas of funky, ripe, rank fruits (apples, apricots, pears); spices; floral hop notes; and a little bit of bready malt notes. Terrific mix.

T: Follows aroma, not as outstanding but still delicious.

F: Medium, awesome carbonation, decent but easy bitterness, very refined.

O: Wow, the best Belgian pale ale I've ever had.

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Photo of Sulty
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyLord
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Beautiful bodied three finger headed beer deep amber tint. Pretty opaque.
S-Brett (bubblegum), pickle, malty some hops and malt are present as well. Also very, very floral. Those aromas meld for an overall expressive flavor.
T- It's overall bitter, malty sweet, sour and bubblegum-my. I also get some fruit, such as pear and apple. It arrives a little short of what people say this beers flavor is, in my opinion. It's very well made, but again, it just falls short on the flavor.
F- Medium bodied.
O- Overall the look and aroma are great, but the flavor falls a bit short. I wouldn't call this beer world class, but its very good. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/10/17 BB 5/10/2022. CBF pint.

A: pours a beautiful amber orange with nearly three fingers of white foam on top and carbonation blasting away. Careful to not disturb sediment, so only a little hazy.

S: sweet, bubblegum, pale malt, floral and green noble hops.

T: arrives drier and less phenolic than I would have expected. Significant pale malt presence, clean and crisp, followed by a strong green hoppy bite. Quite medicinal, green, stemmy, floral. Refreshing with only a hint of funk. With sediment: smoother, more phenolic, more tart. I liked it better without.

M: crisp, lighter side of mid weight with very high carbonation. Quite drinkable. Slicker and heftier with sediment; likes it better without.

O: interesting beer; I suppose I was expecting something more like Ommegang’s Rare Vos only better. This is a distinctly hoppy beer, with noble hops driving and Belgian yeast phenols pulling up the rear. Can’t say I’m in love with it. Reminds me of Duvel and Sorachi Ace. It is truly unique, and worth trying at least once. For my part, I may go buy another bottle from this lot and cellar it for a few years, see what happens.

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Photo of MisterRevPaul
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

It's got a weird back bite to it, almost salty. My biggest issue with the beer, the mouth feel is completely wrong for a trappist, it feels thin, that milky mouth feel is non existent.
Considering the yeast, and it's definite taste to the beer I don't know what you'd call it but a trappist, but this is not even a La Guillotine let alone a Chimay

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Syol
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NRMeadmore
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been cellaring this for almost 5 years, I guess it deserves its own chalice.
Amber color with a huge thick beige head with eternal retention and leaving some laces.
Sour aroma with notes of horse sweat, sulfur mixed with spices, oranges and grass with earth.
Flavor with notes of spices, just a bit of candi sugar, noble dank hops, earth, oranges, pleasant funkiness, pineapple, melon with lemon drops and bread. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation.
Classic brew with an original spiced and funky taste. This was fully attenuated and felt even better than the last one I had in the street.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Massively thick foamy head, like what you see on top of a root beer float. Pour gently! Pretty & fairly clear amber-orange body. Aromas of clove, malt & sweet ripe fruit. Taste is mildly salty bitter Flavor is clove, malt & some funk. Plenty of carbonation & excellent feel.

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Photo of MoMaMe
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very thick foamy head, surprisingly only moderately sticks to the glass. Smell is light and subtle, but pleasant, almost floral with a light, sweet malty/honey fragrance. Very smooth. Taste is very light. All the flavors are balanced and nothing stands out over anything else. Taste is slightly bitter, balanced by malt and yeast, but overall mild and pleasant. It’s very easy to drink. Nothing bad to say about this beer, but nothing striking either.

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottled 12/15/16 bb 12/15/21 (purchased room temp a month ago) poured into an Orval chalice at fridge temp 6.9% ABV. The beer pours bright orange amber in color with tight khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap but leaves no lacing. The aroma is yeast driven primarily with some hints of clove. The taste is sharp and grassy with little malt character. The hops are nearly gone and the yeast flavors of funk, bitter pineapple and barnyard are dominating. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and extremely dry. Overall, unique and good. I have a feeling I would like this more fresh with a bit of the dry hops left before the yeast takes over.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an 11oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with lots of fluffy head. Smells of bread, yeast, and sourness. Light feel with plenty of carbonation. Tastes like it smells - a balance of bready malt, floral and fruity yeast with a dry finish. Excellent.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BHapeman
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm going to disappoint many people but everyone's palate is different. I love Belgian ales but Orval let me done. It looked the part yet lacked any depth of flavor - all I tasted was the Brett yeast. Is it a good beer? Yes, better than average. Is it a good Trappist ale? In my opinion, no, it's just average.

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Photo of jripley97
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of trickykid
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EasyMFE
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of singletary
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It poured a rich amber color somewhat hazy, large foamy white head with good retention to it. The smell is faint bread really not much to smell. The taste has a mild sweetness to it a bit of a booziness to it but very mild. Overall I was very pleased to have tried it. Bottled on 1/03/2017.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvillefan
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like really old champagne & it fizzes out the bottle the same way. I am not tasting anything exceptional going on here. Probably too much yeast for me to handle. Oh well, we can't like them all can we. Cheers! C- (70-74) score range

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