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

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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Best by December of 2020. 6.9%abv

Pours a golden amber color and is mostly opaque. A large, off-white head develops and has great retention. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

The ale's aroma begins with a subtle tart lemon scent, followed by vaguely fruity and floral notes.

Flavor is complex as can be, with tart lemon, fruity citrus, hop bitterness, funk, and floral character. All of this blends together with beautiful balance.

Mouth feel is medium light, highly carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reddanm1
3.07/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The Orval Trappist Ale was a very different, interesting beer to drink. The beer poured very lots of head and took awhile to settle. The color was very light amber, with aroma of citrus and yeast. The beer was very smooth drinking, but tasted very citrusy. The aftertaste of the beer was very strong yeast, but light. Overall, the beer was fair.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Served from bottle into glass at home. Gushes even when opened gently, pours with enormous seemingly endless white head. Medium amber in color, with orangish tint, hazy and medium low clarity. Bright spicy, fruity aroma with Brett barnyard funkiness in the background. Flavor is just as complex: yeasty spice and fruit with wet hay earthiness. Medium full body with lively carbonation and a refreshing slightly dry finish. Overall this beer is absolutely great but very different from what is expected of a Trappist ale. The addition of Brett produces an enticing funky and sour aroma and flavor that pairs well with the more common Belgian spicy, fruity yeast. I do not get much hop aroma or flavor so this is probably an older bottle, so I guess I have a reason to try it again!

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Photo of dougnboston
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. In the proper glass it pops with a sweet herbal, slightly sour, aroma. You won't be surprised to find the taste is the same. These monks make just this one beer for distribution. You should get a thick white head and don't be surprised to find a few floaters (tasty yeast) should you pour the full bottle as it's bottle conditioned. Enjoy.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tyronegangsta
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmphillips88
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yaron73
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle at "Gecko" restaurant in Brussels.

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Photo of bicarbonate
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazy with a huge fluffy head. Completely different from all the other Trappist ales. So unique it should be a style unto itself.
Descriptors: funky, tart, fruity, dry, bitter

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Photo of cmcquirk
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MaxOhle
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrendanHurley
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a dark ovalish bottle (11.2 oz.) into a tulip glass. Bottled and expiration date stamped on bottle.

Look: A light amber color with a massive a wild head. Parts of the head and foam appear to take on a life of their own.

Smell: Notes of coriander and citrus, scent gives a great introduction to the taste and flavor.

Taste: Full and complex flavor with a combination of bitterness and flowers that gives a strong and full bodied flavor. Very crisp and easy to drink

Feel: Somewhat between a light and sticky feel in your mouth. Very crisp and easy to drink with light carbonation

Overall: A unique and classic Belgian Trappist Ale that does a tremendous job standing itself against some of Belgium's (and the world's) best beers.

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

Pours a bright orange color. Partially opaque. Huge frothy head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving thick lacing and a residual half finger layer of pillowy white foam. Lovely appearance.

Smell is tart and vinegary - yes you get tartness on the aroma that gets your taste buds revving from that brett. Some bready malt is there as well as a nice belgian spicy yeast aroma. Interesting because this bottle has lots of brett on the nose.

Taste has notes of bread, vinegar, floral hops, touch of bitterness. The brett is present. but not nearly as present as the nose would have implied.

Feel is light and drinkable. Very dry finish. Mild carbonation.
Overall a truly unique Trappist ale, but one that is impressively complex and expertly crafted.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Enjoyed 2 bottles dated 22/10/2016 at the Foundry as part of Orval Day
A - Deep copper brown colored, amazing loose knit cap of off white.
S - Warm bread, nice hint of raisin, and clove.
T - Malt forward, the kiss of Brett is near perfect, a bit of spice from the hops all complete the experience.
M - Wonderful feel, medium in body, soft water, well carbonated.
O - A near masterpiece. Delightful on every level.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is malty for sure, and for a brief second, it was almost like a hefeweizen of all things. Tasted mostly grains, some spice, and coriander. Feel was very light and highly carbonated, which was different for a Trappist Ale for sure. Beer has a little aftertaste but finishes dry, much like champagne.

Overall this is a good beer, however the other trappist brewed beers are better IMO. And seeing as this was $4.99 a bottle, I'd rather have the other trappist beers before this one.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter
A - Golden, lightly hazy with a nice foam on top
S - Roasty malts and herbal hops
T - Flat but balanced
M - Correctly carbonated
O - Classic Belgian ale

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a copperish color, highly carbonated, and super thick head. Smell is super malty and sweet. Goes down super smooth, but is quite dry. I wish it wasn't $4.99 a bottle otherwise I would pick up a lot of this.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,435 ratings
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