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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
4.21/5
5,424 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:
#968
Reviews:
2,351
Ratings:
5,424
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
360
Gots:
929
Trade:
11
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,424 |  Reviews: 2,351
Photo of xungmound98
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of tkelley
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

A - super pillowy head on initial pour. Quickly draws down to a light covering with good lacing. Pale firey orange hazy body.

N - phenols. Belgian yeast. Not a lot going on with the nose, but what's there is good.

T - nice light taste. Yeasty and light malts. Small bit of citrus and spice. Dry.

M - very effervescent. But smooth. Good aftertaste of beer.

O - good Belgian. Taste the tradition!

Cheers!

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Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of wolf_switzer
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Bsetz
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eclosson22
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rdub
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of yrud12b
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cstcyr
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of NataLukas
3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very effervescent, much like a Champagne, but with larger bubbles. Very bubbly with a rapidly disappearing white head. Light amber / deep golden in color with some haze.

Strong funky sweet orange floral nose.

Slightly sour, strong ester and phenol presence. A slight bit of metallic bitterness in the finish. Completely dry without any hint of malty sweetness. Very little in the way of lingering flavors other than a tanginess in the front of the mouth and a lasting bitterness on the tip of the tongue. All sensations are on the front of the tongue, on the front of the upper palate and in the nose, nothing for the back of the tongue or throat.

This beer lives in the nose and on the front of the tongue. Be sure to pour it in a proper glass and enjoy the nose.

Beer was bottled Jan 2013, so it is a little over 10 months out at this tasting.

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Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of georgiaboy8686
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Victoire in Rochester, NY and poured into a snifter. Consumed on site at the bar.

Pours a hazy golden amber. 2 inches of foamy head almost the whole drinking session.

I think I have an older bottle, so it smells less hoppy, and more funky- the brett is coming through strong. I smell tart apples, grass, and barnyard-esque aromas.

Tastes pretty similar. Slightly woody, very funky, some grassy hops, Belgian yeast dominates. A very complex ale, for sure. Not very bitter, I don't know if the hops impart any bitterness to fresh bottles.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated, pretty dry and chalky.

Probably my 2nd favorite Trappist beer, after Rochefort 10. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Orval chalice.
6.9% ABV, Bottled on 24/10/2012, best by 24/10/2017.

A - Orval almost gushes from it's bottle even at the 50° serving temperature due to it's abundant carbonation. Hazy but beautiful deep golden in color, the beer forms a massive and loose eggshell head with incredibly retention and heavy lace coating the glass.

S - Lovely honey graham cracker malt backing allows for a luscious aroma of Brett horseblanket funk that contributes suggestions of pine, mint, and goaty, hay undertones.

T - Any hop aroma that faintly emerged disappears completely in flavor, shifting almost entirely to the beer's Brett yeast esters of horseblanket, wet straw, and overall barnyard funk, but tamed down considerably.

M - Highly carbonated, Orval dances on your tongue joyfully while it's seemingly light body washes down with smoothness, lingering on the tongue with dry spice notes.

O - Delicate Brettanomyces exists, in this beer! Restrained barnyard funk allows the dry cracker-like flavor to stay a large part of the beer while nuances continue to come out as it's enjoyed. The crisp drinkability of Orval suggests it would make for a fantastic session Belgian beer if it weren't near $6 a bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,424 ratings
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