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

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4.2/5
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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:
#1,133
Reviews:
2,367
Ratings:
5,491
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
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360
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Ratings: 5,491 |  Reviews: 2,367
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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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JVasky
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A golden amber color with a large white head. Has pretty good retention. Light, malty, slightly fruity smell. Very balanced. Taste is very balanced as well. Light fruitiness and malt sweetness in there, quite smooth. Bubbly with pretty high carbonation, medium heaviness, dry finish. Overall a perfect beer in my opinion. Only reason I'm no giving it a 5is I don't think I've been drinking for long enough to determine the difference between a 4.5 and 5. Either way, incredible trapping beer.

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Photo of WKyle
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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