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

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Belgium
orval.be

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

BEER STATS
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#2,103
Reviews:
2,383
Ratings:
5,543
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
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Photo of davidsonte2
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on May 15th, 2018

Pours a very appealing, glowing, hazy amber with a tall, fluffy white head.

Floral and fruity in the nose, tart apple, pear, and citrus. Some yeasty breadiness balances that, a bit like sourdough bread.

Taste is complex and flavor packed. You get the fruit as in the smell, tart, crisp apples and pear sweetness. Dry chardonnay grapes and a combination the yeast funk and cloves come through after that, A nice bitterness from the hops remains throughout, but does not overpower at any point, just accentuates the brew at each stage.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, yet smooth, medium-light bodied and pleasant.

Overall, a great example of a Trappist ale.

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Photo of Shenk87
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eltrandos
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrc1093
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/11/17; best before 8/11/22

Pours a deep, cloudy golden copper with a massive white head, bubbly, fizzy, soapy, and sticky; excellent retention with thin, sticky foam providing a lasting film around the glass.

Aromas of pear, grape must, yeasty, slightly spicy banana, funky wood, composting fruits, and a general earthiness permeating throughout; enjoyable depth to this one.

Taste of grape must, yeasty barnyard funk, flairs of bubble gum, and floral, dense herbal and earthy root notes; clove, wood chips, brown sugar, dried banana peel, and light yeastiness smooth the finish; wish it would’ve lasted just a bit longer, but a well-devised and yet easy profile all the same.

Mouthfeel shows a smooth, even-keeled body balancing bigger, somewhat unrestrained carbonation that just works out nicely; very dry overall, but with a well-bodied effervescence showing through to the finish.

Excellent depth of profile to this one, with my only real complaint being a short finish. Otherwise, this is upper-tier stuff, and just an enjoyable, smooth-drinking, and comforting trappist ale. I'd love to see how this ages.

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Photo of MrUse
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenTardiff
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden amber color with huge pillowy head. Good floraly sweet notes in the nose. Fruity and honey notes mixed with slight bitter. Apple note hits me in the middle and lingers on the finish. Bubbly, tart mouth feel. Overall excellent beer! There's a lot going on in this beer and I'm not sure my palette is advanced enough to pick it all up. Very good! Will definitely revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of NorCalKid
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber gold and slightly hazy. Phenolic spicy yeast with hints of citrus and a wet hay on the nose. Poured slow with huge carbonation. Thin bodied with very subtle sweetness. A touch of specialty malts, orange marmalade, floral honey. Finishes slightly bitter tart but crisp. Overall a nice easy drinking Belgian beer.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml
$5.99
Prisco's Market - Aurora, IL

Bottled: 4/27/16

Orval looks exactly like what it is, your classic Belgian pale ale. The body leans amber with a caramel hue. Tiny bubbles rush to the surface from every spot of the glass which bolsters the amazingly creamy, silky smooth foam. That head bubbles up immediately on the pour like Alka Seltzer. The foam is going nowhere anytime soon and will be sitting over a finger high when the entirety of the beer is gone. This beer looks just about perfect.

Ah, yes. The nose is wild and wonderful. Damp stone with a slight metallic edge start it off. There are gobs of wildflowers present, handfuls of dandelions. A doughy malt base whispers in the background while musty pear and green apple bring more depth to the middle. As amazing as that foam looks and holds on, it is a little detrimental to the nose, squashing it a bit.

The flavor is big, bright and vibrant. Soda bread with a drizzle of caramel make up the base. Green apple and pear pop up in the middle and push through the finish along with that wildflower accompaniment. That pear and apple get musty closer to the finish, which is pretty appetizing. A touch of spicy booze on the finish wraps it up. Good depth and flow. Not as wild as the nose suggested.

The feel is up there as only the best of the Belgians can seem to manage. It's immediately frothy and airy as it hits the tongue which adds on overall lightness, obviously. There's enough prickliness to the bubbles that they seem to awaken the tongue. A quick flash of acidity runs through and leaves its mark. The finish dries out slowly and leaves you wanting more. This is maddeningly easy to drink.

Oravl is a classic for a reason. It's funky and unique stepping out of the box when it comes to the other Trappist Breweries. This one is all its own. It's bright and well rounded with a bit of funk and a whole bunch of character. This beer needs to be in my fridge much more often.

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Photo of Cemos
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of davidmm
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoponit
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bierfonteintje
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really quite magnificent on the pour; GIGANTIC fluffy white head that slowly dissipates. Had to pour three times to fit the entire 11.2 ounces into your standard pint glass. The beer itself looks like really cloudy apple cider (not the hard variety). My positive impressions stop there, however. The nose is just rough on this one. Lots of off scents; cat piss being the most egregious and repugnant. Tastes a little better than it smells, thankfully, but there's still something off-putting on the backend. I can't quite put my finger on it. This particular bottle was filled on 04/06/2015 and I'm guessing that has something to do with it. Belgians may typically age well, but a dusty grocery store shelf under constant fluorescent lighting probably isn't the optimal condition for doing so. Very disappointed (I love a good Belgian), but I'll have to sample this again before writing it off completely.

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Photo of FrankCazabon
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
2.03/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of PrynneCabin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a massive pillow of white head that lingered and left a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is spicy floral hops, grapes and orange rind. Flavor is vinegary up front with some yeasty bread, spicy hops. Feel is light and crisp, well carbonated. Overall not what I expected, would not drink again. I know this is fresh with a bottle date of 7 2 18 and a best by date of 7 2 23.

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