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

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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
Ratings:
5,376
Reviews:
2,341
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of RobertColianni
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hudson2508
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigmorris74
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zalmo
1.52/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: light amber, copper, biggest head of any beer. Bubbles for days, pourer beware.
S: Floral, even through all the bubbles. Not particularly strong, not particularly inviting
T: Sparkling bubbles, giving way to raisins and fruit, medium body
F: Carbonation for days, crisp giving way to slight sour, bitter finish
Definitely not to be drunk from the bottle, then again definitely not easily poured into a glass, definitely worth letting it open

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Photo of SassaDog
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lunruj
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Darker pale to amber color, hazy. Huge head. Be careful pouring it into glass. Totally characteristic smell. I've heard the beer tastes like rotten strawberries. And I have to agree. The smell is fruity and it really reminds me strawberries, maybe cherries and possibly wine. The taste is actually quite bitter. Other than that is reminds fermented fruit. One can feel the alcohol quite well considering it only has 6.2 % ABV. However, it mixes well with the aroma and overall feel. The foam tastes disgusting though. (Which is pretty surprising and unusual.) Pretty different from anything I've had so far. A beer you will remember, definitely worth trying!

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ichorNet
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the eternal greats of Belgian brewing, Orval. Not sure what more there is to say about this classic than has already been said, but I'll try to add my thoughts in a meaningful way. Bottled September 25th, 2014, so it's almost 2 years old. This is probably the oldest bottle of Orval I've had yet, so I'm excited!

Pours a phenomenal deep amber hue with absurd, climbing — towering, even! — head that just fails to relent throughout each small pour. Needless to say, this is a gorgeous beer with a remarkable appearance. The foamy cap is so thorough that I can barely get 9 ounces into my 12 ounce glass, as the rest of the vertical space is reserved for the Brett-induced bubble eruption. No clarity is apparent, as is logical with the use of such a well-defined yeast strain. Lace is spotty but not exactly required in the style regardless.

Nose is funky with green apple, white grape must, rustic notes, baking spice, pie crust and earthy/herbal and floral hop elements. A beautifully strong and distinct smell that also comes across as slightly fragile and delicate as well. There's an excellent balance here, obviously based on creating the same beer (and only that one beer!) for nearly a century. I'm getting some slight ethanol notes as well, which makes sense as this is probably slightly stronger than the ~7% it's marked as due to Brett yeast conditioning over the course of two years since bottling.

Palate is delightfully earthy, spicy and funky with some definite green apple skin, dry white wine notes and sweaty (weird description but it works, trust me... not a bad thing at all!), rustic aspects as well. I even get a slightly tannic flavor and some fruity candy like notes as well. A very slight acidity comes across on the tongue, too, perhaps a result of the long bottle conditioning. White pepper, tart and doughy yeast and an almost "Saison-like" dryness finish out each sip.

Feel is perfectly balanced between effervescent and chewy, with an adequate yet massaging carbonation and rather dry finish that combines all of the flavors perfectly. Ethanol is mildly apparent, but serves only to help savor the experience. I will definitely buy more moderately-aged (bottle says best before 2019) Orval soon. Though it's a pretty expensive single bottle, it is a world-class Belgian Trappist product that deserves its high ratings.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djl9701
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesroses
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 21/4/2016, drank on 18/8/2016

Appearance: hazy copper orange with a big head every time it's poured, like 5 finger head. Great lacing and retention.

Aroma: reminded me of good sparkling wine, fruity and floral, red apple skin and perfume. Not strong, but delicate.

Taste: similar to the aroma, tasted like white sparkling wine, sour golden raisins and something similar to a fruity minty flavour.

Mouthfeel: crisp carbonation that makes for a medium bodied mouthfeel with a champagne-like bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I liked it and would drink it again, maybe was a bit more sour or bitter than I'd expected. This bottle was pretty fresh, so I'm looking forward to get another one and cellar it for a couple of years to see what it's like in that condition.

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Photo of ksimons
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/03/2015

A-a slightly hazy caramel color with a fingers worth of cream colored head that sticks around

S-caramel malts, spices, some banana and bubble gum

T-tart fruitiness, pale malts, spices, and some sweet banana and bubble gum

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

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Photo of andpit
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of madakassal
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kalosjakar
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange, amber colored.

Aroma: slight yeast, bubblegum, plum, raisin, dark fruits, slight yeast, bread.

Taste: similar to aroma.

Feel: well carbonated

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vidisad
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,376 ratings.
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