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

5,398 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of BostonHops
2.9/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip.
bottled 01/06/2010 (best before 01/06/2015)

pours a cloudy dark amber tone while yielding a massive 3"+ of foamy, off-white head that quickly recedes into a collar around the glass. nose is of average strength and lead by fruit (apples or maybe pear, some citrus), belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. there's also a little funk, the suggestion that there's some tartness to it.

to me, the flavor disappoints. elements of the nose are present - the fruit, yeast, and some pepper, maybe coriander, but i get a strong astringency to it. medium-light bodied mouthfeel with very high carbonation.

overall this is my least favorite offering of the trappists to date. surprising, as i had high hopes for this classic. not drainpour territory, and i can see where some would enjoy it, but alas it's just not for me.

(originally reviewed: 06-13-2011)

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Photo of jnolan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orval Trappist Ale pours a bit of a dark golden color, with not much of a lacy head. The smell is a bit sweet and has come candy aromas, on a strawery backbone. The taste is much the same sweet candy flavors on a strawery backbone. I thought it was a bit too sweet, but had a nice flavor. Overall i found it an above average beer, a bit too sweet and overrated in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. uniquely shaped bottle into an Orval chalice

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a two finger clean white head. Abundant lacing visible along the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and flora with a hint of pine. Seems to be a medium-bodied brew at first but finishes light, very dry, crisp, and clean. Tart citrus rind and grass dominate with dry, fruit tones throughout. Fantastic dry Belgian pale ale. Definitely one of the very best available.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 2011 dated; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - a darker copper body than memory served, light beige ring

smell: herbal, bready, trace hints of brett, a little funk, some citric hops

taste: some "euroskunk" at first, which thankfully clears as this one opens up...still the funk isn't that heavy, and the brett in say NG Golden Ale seems more graceful. Orval is quite earthy with some rustic bready flavors, must, hay, leafy bitterness

mouthfeel: light, well carbonated

overall: solid stuff, but this bottle isnt reminiscent of ones consumed overseas

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4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6/8/12 (re-review, 2008 vintage, 4.95/5.0)
Translucent light amber/clover honey with much bubbling and frothing. A piling, chunky, white head towered over my Leffe goblet and receded slowly, leaving behind a huge mass of bubbles on the side of the glass. Bubbles continuously rose from the apex of the glass. Estery, hint of white grape with lemon/orange rinds, yeasty and a touch of funk akin to the grassy meadows behind a barn. Very light alcohol tone. Bananas in the flavor along with the aforementioned flavors. Dry finish, effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable, very delicious.

6/1/08 (4.85/5.0)
A - poured a cloudy honey amber with a massive frothing white 3" head that piled above my tulip goblet that retained beautifully and of course, had the signature Belgian lacing with giant islands of bubbly lace on my glass. Never seen anything quite like it!

S - orange peel, malts, fresh lemon grass, slight yeast and esters. Very Belgian.

T - citrusy, tangy, and mildly bitter finish. Notes of yeastiness and breadiness. Very clean. Well hidden alcohol.

M - light/medium bodied with very mild carbonation

D - excellent drinkability. This brew really captures what a tasty beer should be. Just because it's tasty and full flavored doesn't mean it needs to be undrinkable. Yet, with the price, I would only have one on occasion :(

Overall - I must first note that I let this age for about 4.5 months before I couldn't help it any longer and enjoyed it as a graduation gift to myself. A most excellent Belgian Trappist Ale. Very interesting and complex. I highly recommend this gem of an ale to be enjoyed during a light dinner or as a stand-alone. I had this by itself and it was most satisfying. Will buy again...when I can afford $6 for an 11.2 vase-like bottle.

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2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled 29/02/2012. Used to love this beer and previously rated it a 4.6, but it's now been quite a while since i've been drinking a really great one

A- Unattractive, murky dark orange, with some brighter shades if seen through light. Healty, dense 2 fingers white head that shows very good retention while also leaving loads of lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Fresh and sharply bitter herbal/grassy aroma with an earthy/bretty note on the back of things. Some citric hints may also be detected

T- A slight touch of malt sweetness (caramel) is soon overwhelmed by a strong yeasty character, which brings notes of funk along with a bit of spiciness. Nice dose of hop bitterness (though maybe not as bitter as the smell suggested), with strong citric (definitely lemon) and grapefruit notes in evidence. Overall slighty more on the earthy side than the smell suggested

M- Medium to full bodied with quite strong, sharp carbonation. Very lively on the tongue, still decently creamy on the palate thanks to the everlasting head. Very much a raw mouthfeel

O- Has a quite unique, peculiar bittering profile that does not make it an easy drinker, though i would still consider this one as a quite refreshing ale. Overall, a super-yeasty, unique beer that is packed with flavour, though it's been a lot of tries since i last found that amazing complexity and balance that i'm still expecting everytime i'm trying one of these

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,398 ratings.
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