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

5,389 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 polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

A: Pours a deep orange with a solid two fingers of white head and excellent retention
S: Smells slightly sour with a bit of citrus, some funk, and an underlying sweetness
T: starts with a slight tartness , which subsides to some fruitiness and sweet malt flavors, a little bit of funk and grassiness as well as some dark fruit toward the end. aftertaste is some spicy yeast character and a little funk.
M: a bit thin with slightly prickly carbonation. sits well on the palate though
O: A very fine beer and one to try if you like belgians. this one has a lot of complexity going on as well so it's something to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.43/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There is a lot of talk about Trappist beers. It’s a cool concept… beers that are made by monks, within a monastery that produce $0 in profit. All of the money made either goes back into the brewery/monastery or is donated to charity. Now that is what I like to call drinking for a purpose! It’s just funny to me to think that monks made this. Seems wrong. Oh well, I have heard great things about this beer… so let’s see. It is the only beer this brewery makes, so it better be tasty!

In the Glass: There were a TON of bubbles when I poured it into the glass, but it quickly settled. It has a crisp, clean, and carbonated look to it in the glass. It is compared to a champagne-like carbonation, so I will try to keep an open mind here as I try this famous beer.

Nose: It doesn’t smell like beer, that’s for sure. It smells like flowers. No, I’m serious… smell this and tell me you don’t get a big nose full of flowers. It also has a somewhat dry sweetness to it too… I wonder what she tastes likes.

Flavor: Those bubbles are NOT on the tongue, that’s for sure. There is a sublet bitterness at the start, that leads to a dry finish and then the hops sort of kick in toward the middle back half of the palate. Then it’s gone. Not sure what the fuss is about here… this beer is just OK.

Mouthfeel: When I poured it, there were tons of bubbles. I assumed there would be a ton on the tongue. There weren’t. I am not saying that is a bad thing. It doesn’t really taste like beer, either. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, then dry as it quickly disappears on the back of the tongue.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There really isn’t one. All of the flavor happens in the middle as you swallow, then it’s gone. The burp is pretty weak too. Come on monks… you can do better than this! The bottle is cool… saddle, the best part of this beer. That, and the history behind it. Past that, skip it. There are better beers out there.


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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

First time tasting this popular brew.
Poured into Orval's signature glass, the Orval Goblet. Clean, clear anf fizzy body with a small head. Smells of caramel, raisins, honey,biscuity and a small presence of maltyness and a kiss of hops. On the taste the aroma's really stand out individualy. First, starts off with the sweetness of the raisins and honey. Mid-way the biscuit and breadyness really kicks you in the face! Finishes with the biterness of the small hops present and a touch of plums. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation for this style, imo.
Very tasty and unique from the other Trappist products. Impressed? Yes. Thrilled? Probably not. Next time I will enjoy in a tulip to capture all the aromas.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 22/04/2010. Best before 22/04/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep and very hazy brownish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge six finger off white head that almost climbs out of the tulip. Head slowly fades to a thin layer leaving a lot of lace.

Smell: Funky Belgian yeast with a huge aroma of tropical citrus fruits that really jumps out. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange, and grapefruit. Also some hints of banana, apple, pear, and dark plums and raisins. Some noticeable candied sugar and a mild presence of earthy hops. The complex fruits really stand out.

Taste: Like the smell, a big complex mix of fruits with yeast and some hops. A good amount of Belgian yeast adds some balancing spice. Among the big taste of fruit are notes of banana, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, lemon, apple, pear, sugar, and some subtle dark raisin and plum. Hints of earthy hops in the background. A very complex and great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Chewy and prickly. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: An amazing ale. A great and tasty mix of fruits with just enough spice and hops to keep things in check.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/02/2011 and poured into chalice.

Pours a 1.5 finger white with a yellowish tint head. Lots and lots of bubbles work their way through the glass. Can’t see through the hazy orange/amber color of the body.

Earth, grass, and citrus in the nose. It is fairly aromatic as you can smell it as you pour.

Slightest hop bitterness with a citrus and grass flavor for the most part. More bready at the back end. There is a medicinal quality which I have never really noticed before this bottle. Lots of carbonation and dry.

This beer is flat out amazing. I love it. I’m biased. Whatever.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kja157
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. Bottle of this @ The Royale in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured from the oddly shaped bottle w/ a small Purple/Gold label into a 12oz Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 10/02/2011 & BEST BEFORE 10/02/2016 on the front label.

Aroma- A nicely planned aroma including fruity, bready, and funk attributes throughout. Sweet to the nose as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of leokbelo
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of askeladden
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,389 ratings.
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