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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
4.21/5
5,422 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#964
Reviews:
2,351
Ratings:
5,422
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
929
Trade:
11
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Jml3636
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Technosmith
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamlawford
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange with a lovely fluffy white head.
Smell is yeasty orange
Honey leather banana flavors well balanced
Was crisp verging on over carbonated

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Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a slightly cloudy golden orange color, light tan head. Aromas are estery Belgian greatness and earthy hops.

The taste is split between the earthy hops and the esters from the yeast. The label states this was bottled in December 2016, and is good through December 2021. I’d like to try a bottle of this with 5 years of whiskers on it, because I think it would be phenomenal.

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

Photo of gianluca88
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ih8rt
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darth_punchbowl
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

When fresh, there is very aggressive carbonation that almost hides the flavor. The beer tastes much better once it's flattened out a bit. Drank it around 50F. Taste goes with the nose. My impression was leather and toast, with some spice, caramel and banana flavors. A touch musty, overall unique. Very pleasant bitter finish and clean, lingering aftertaste. I like it better than some of the 'bigger' Belgian pale ales available in the US. I'd like to cellar some to find out what happens, but you know, a beer in the fridge is worth 6 that you have to drive to the store for...

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Photo of WormGod
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pohr10
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NeverSettle
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam106
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mollykats
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaslakov
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That's a great beer. Poured into a glass it is mellow yellow with ginger hints, surprisingly light for a Trappist one, coupled with a wonderfully thick two-inch fluffy head. Aroma is lovely and sweet reminiscing about marshmallow and lollipop, with lightest hints of vanilla and barley. The taste supports the nose quite right, a little bit of wheat with a citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather watery and refreshing (which is also unusual for a Belgian Trappist); medium carbonation. Definitely worth trying, even for those who are not really into Belgian style. Pairs well with chicken salad and with a hard cheese like Parmesan.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ntomich
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2017-08-23
Bottle served at the Drug Opera in Brussels. Packaged 2017-07-19.

Pours amber with a medium to large head, hazy, lots of carbonation. Smell is overall fairly mild. Dates, maltiness.

The taste is surprisingly hoppy and crisp. Strong dates and biscuit flavor, a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light, effervescent, and dry. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of BrewVenture2
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer. Has a funky nose, but it doesn't taste funky. Very light and dry with a bit of a leather finish.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darandos
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,422 ratings
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