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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
87.5%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 5,412 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:
#960
Reviews:
2,349
Ratings:
5,412
Liked:
4,736
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
12.35%
Alströms:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
924
Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,412 |  Reviews: 2,349
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Aml42000
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into an Orval glass. Deep amber/copper color. The nose is slightly vegetal, but has layers of complexity which keep one sniffing. Fresh mouthfeel with layers of subtle meyer lemon and dried herbs. A touch of honey on the finish. A favorite.

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Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Bottle 10.3.11 Best by 10.3.16

A: Pours a really pretty deep yellow orange color.  About a finger of white head.  Fades quickly. Some lacing flecks initially, but then sheets on the swirl.

S: There is a brightness to the smell.  Like lemon peel or orange zest.  I also detect some banana notes. Some bready biscuity malts are there.  Maybe some of that Brett is there buried.

T: Actually still have some hop presence on the tip of the tongue.  Fruity citrusy notes.  Then I get some of those biscuity malts.  There is some mild funkiness in the mid mouth but not like American Wilds.  I understand how this is a staple.  Very well balanced.  With a crisp dry close.  White wine like.  As it warms and I drink, I get more of that Brett character.  Delicious!

M: Medium bodied.  Great carbonation.

O: A beer for a reason. Pretty darn delicious and spot on.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color with a slight orange hue and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of very fine and creamy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of very fluffy lacing around the glass
S: very nice hops notes, simply smells fresh, has a nice earthy undertone
T: smoooth, hits with the nice hop notes first then kicks in with a bit of earthy depth and a very slight what note then it finishes with dark fruit notes which linger on the palate for a long time afterwards
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling dry but still smooth, drinks thin
O: a pretty obviously high quality brew, apparently these "trappist" folks know what the hell theyre doing haha, not the best ive had for the style but its definitly top three, highly recommended

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of gray23
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of jono311
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light brown orange hued amber.

nose is lightly honeyed with just a few hints of herbal hops and floral notes.

taste is honeyed sweetness with lemon fruitiness, followed by an herbaceous hop presence that is mellow and perfectly suited to the style.

Mouthfeel nice full carbonation indicative of a bottle conditioned Belgian ale and a long enjoyable finish.

Not much presence of the brett yeast except for a faint pucker in the middle of the sip that adds to the dry refreshing character of the ale.

Overall- A great beer and a great example of a Belgian pale. Definitely one I will seek out again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 25/03/2010 best before 25/03/2015. Poured from bottle to NBB Globe. Pours a hazy golden amber with am impressive 3 finger white billowing head. Supreme retention and excellent lacing. Looks great. The aroma filled my office upon pouring, powerful sweet flavors and yeasty with a mix of floral hops, clove, apricot and banana. Very similar to the nose. Very balanced between the malty sweetness, yeasty fruitiness, and mild bitterness. Sharp and crisp. Perfect carbonation for the style. Overall, very good beer. Would happily pour another if I had one ;)

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Photo of Nuke77
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice the head just explodes on this beer. I served mine at about 52F and it seems to be the near perfect temperature to experience the wonderful head. The appearance is a darkish orange with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the chalice. I did not observe any "floating" yeast. The scent is all apple and some dark fruit. This beer literally explodes on the tongue with the taste following the scent of apple and dark fruit, a bit of hops and bitterness and sweetness simultaneously. The carbonation is pronounced. I could easily drink this one as a session beer but for my taste it is too special to do so. One of the finest beers I have ever experienced.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of samEBC
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cartwar
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a thick and heavy brown bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber/golden color. A nice creamy one and a half finger foam head retained well, and slowly receded to a frothy off white cap. Left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with phenols of clove, apricot and banana. Some slight floral hops underneath.

Taste: A great yeasty profile with the perfect amount of malts and hops to balance. Sweet and fruity, but just a hint of hops bitters and malt richness to balance it all out. A really fantastic tasting Belgian Pale Ale.

Mouth feel: Slick and creamy with just the right carbonation for the style.

Overall: An excellent Belgian Pale ale for sessions. I could easily drink several of these in a sitting and would enjoy every drop. Another outstanding trappist ale! A new favorite!

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 5,412 ratings
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