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

5,397 Ratings
Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of Polasiuss
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of founddrama
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A quite complex flavor. A little peppery and fruity. A Trappist triumph. In a word: GOLDEN.


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Photo of dukeandduke
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/26/15 (Bottle) - Very nice dark amber pour, solid carbonation and nice thick tan foam head. Aromas included citrus, raspberries, yeast and hops. Excellent taste matched the sweet aromas and included a nice dry finish. Smooth, strong and pleasant going down. Over all excellent beer.

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Photo of mattknueven
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of petluo
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of jderosia603
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BSiegs
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber reddish in color, fairly opaque. Massive, sticky off white head that retains and laces beautifully. Aromas are fruity, slightly spicy, and loads of brett. The taste follows, slightly tart with the slight spice lingering on the aftertaste. Medium light body, high carbonation. Slight tingling sensation on the finish. An interesting belgian with very unique character.

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Photo of tjdrewry
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of elchingen
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of HOMEPL8
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BartMcStout
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of NeubTube
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of techdiver
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a nice two finger head that dissipates slowly.

Malt and hops present a balanced aroma, with a touch of undetermined fruit.

Taste echoes the nose, a well balanced brew with the hops coming through in the finish.

Carbonation is excellent making it a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability is good too, considering the lower ABV with the great other qualities exhibited.

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Photo of haz77
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cloudy copper with two inches of head which leaves some lacing behind as it drops to a tight meringue-like half inch. Looks to have very little carbonation.

S - Lemon, grapefruit, flowers, pepper, yeast. Complex.

T - Yeast upfront which then bursts into a bitter floral perfume which lingers long into the aftertaste along with a satisfying dryness. There's a lot going on.

M - Smooth and creamy with a low carbonation. Everything works well together.

D - I've had this once before and wasn't overly impressed. Having tried it again my opinion has changed. Very good beer.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on 20/06/2007.

A - Pours a clear amber with a large, rocky off-white head that refuses to dissipate, but leaves pleny of lacing when it finally does.

S - Crisp apple and grassy hop notes dominate with some peppery tones in there as well.

T - Flavors of red apple, cider, and ripe pear come through the strongest, with a hint of hop bitterness coming through in the finish. There's a decent amount of breadiness from the yeast as well.

M - Full-bodied, yet fairly crisp due to the moderately high carbonation. Finishes smooth and dry with some tart fruit flavors lingering on the palate.

D - This one is very different from other Trappists I have tried. It's very smooth, quite refreshing, and immensely enjoyable. I'll definitely be having more of this in the future.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snpub540
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color with a very high clingy foam head. Left some nice clingy lacing on the glass.

Smelled very floral and earthy. The floral smell was very strong and inviting.

A very balanced taste at first sip with a floral and spicy flavor being the most dominate at first. Sweetness was rounded out by a clove flavor that was very nice.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very pleasing on the palate. Drinkability was great and alcohol was not noticeable at all.

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Photo of CMW
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a dark golden color, much darker than most Belgian pale ales. Head is huge with a good amount of soapy lacing. Tons of carbonation can be seen from the side of the glass.

S - There are a few aromas going on here. Floral notes are mixed with some cherries and a heap of funk.

T - The taste starts out with some earthy grass flavor. Then I pick up the sweetness from sour dark fruits like cherries and figs. Finally there is some nice funk in the end to provide an extra kick of sour.

M - The high carbonation provides a nice creamy feel.

D - This thing is highly drinkable. Great tasting and not overpowering with alcohol.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in De Zolder bierceller bar Bruges, May 2005. Poured beautifully, perfectly presented in its correct chalice. Lovely head over amber to red-brown body. Smell is a wake-up call, reminded me of dank seaweed, very "different". Some would quake at this point, but I always wanted to taste Orval so continued. Thankfully it tasted better that the tough smell, in fact its taste improved as I drank the glass. Delighted to finally taste this beer, it is a fairly complex beer for connoiseurs. I am not quite in that category yet, but my apprenticeship continues. Serious Beer, respect!

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Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orval pours a hazy orange with a magnificent head that'll take some taming. Lots of sweet orange, spice, and lemon zest in the smell.

The taste is very unique. Lots of champagne qualities. Quite sour and a big bitter hop bite at the back end. There's quite a bit of lemon and pepper in here, too. Most of the flavor is coming from the hops and yeast, as I'm not getting much malt here. You won't find many beers with this much carbonation, either.

Exceptionally complex and interesting. I've never had anything quite like Orval.

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Photo of t420o
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbell23
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AndyCowles75
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,397 ratings.
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