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:
#969
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 Adkins721
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of KristofH
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: copper and hazy with a three finger head, even when carefully poured. Excellent retention and considerable lacing, very high amount of carbonation.

SMELL: a little funky with bread, yeast and fruit, not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose. funky bread, caramel, apples. The hop profile is somewhat subdued, a balanced beer. The alcohol is well hidden.

PALATE: creamy with a high amount of carbonation,

OVERALL: this is a very good beer but Duvel Belgian Pale Ale sets the standard. For the price I will probably not buy this beer again as there are better, more affordable options available to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MidtowneMarket
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Hazy dark gold with an enormous fluffy white head which receded to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing. The foam generated by this on pouring was incredible, requiring numerous subsequent pours to prevent overflow, and time for the head to settle.

s: Fruit cup.

t: Very mild fruit. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A fine Belgian with restrained fruity yeast flavor. Extremely easy drinking and enjoyable. However unless and until the price comes way down from $6 to $2-3, I probably will not be repurchasing. Too many American versions which are nearly as good, if not a little better.

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Photo of TubaDan
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of lgmol
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of craigdb
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Baron_of_Suds
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet at about 55-60 degrees. Bottled 08/30/12

Appearance: Dense golden orange. Creamy, pillowy head w/ tiny bubbles which recedes slowly.

Smell: Fresh straw, dandelions, citrus, and a bit peppery.

Taste: Dry, spicy, long finish where the notes from nosing can be revisited

Mouthfeel: Dry and initially a slight bit creamy even; then creates a small amount of "cottonmouth," but not in a negative way.

Overall: An absolute classic and truly unique experience. I always look forward to this beer, and it has yet to disappoint. This beer to me is greater than the sum of its parts. I would love to try this when it is super fresh someday.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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2/5  rDev -52.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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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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