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

5,376 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  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tsauce2
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle dated 29/04/2009 into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is a muddy stone ground mustard yellow. Hazy with some sediment. Head is off white, frothy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Malt base with moderate hop additions. Tart apple notes and some barnyard funk.

T: Light Belgian yeast notes, malty base, semi-citrusy and lightly bitter hops. A light tartness and a little funk. A touch of alcohol is discernable. Aftertaste is light malt and medium hops.

M: Medium body. Complex for a Belgian Pale. Flavors meld nicely, giving a light yet robust feel. Semi-dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, big flavor, very smooth, balanced, and complex. Great nose and feel. Will buy this again.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SirRyanFsu
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of schwaeh
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber hue, high carbonation, large, pillowy white head that leaves lot of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel aroma, a touch of Beglian yeast, some spiciness.

T - The sweet caramel notes come through, very clean flavor, spicy yeast also backed up by a nice spicy hop bite. Ends with a pleasant bitterness.

M - Dry with a clean and refreshing finish made nicer with a touch alcohol warmth and carbonic bite.

O - A very nice, clean, and simple Trappist beer.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in the bowling pin bottle with a bottled on date of 10/3/2011.

Poured into an Orval chalice glass at 40 degrees. The color was a deep clover honey and hazy producing a moderate dense foamy pillowy head khaki in color. After a while it settles down to a persistent thin blanket sticking to the sides of the glass. Very attractive.

fragrances were sweet, toffee, yeast, hint of pine forest.

The flavors diverged from what the nose may lead you to expect. There was a strong piney hoppy bite that hit you up front and stayed throughout the finish. There was the citrus rind and some other herbaceous haylike flavors rolling around.

Great complexity drawing you in for most sips. Carbonation was just right - enough to cleanse the palate and release the flavors but not too much to distract.

Overall, a nice pale ale done the Belgian way.

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Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of phaedrusovchaos
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Rutager
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep amber with a massive, 3 finger pillowy thick head. Lots of pretty lace.

Smell. Caramel malts and light funky sour fruit. Some grassy hops in there too.

Taste. Light toasted malts, grassy hops, some green apple and pears. Just a hint of yeast and funk with a little booze, some bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. What a great beer. Stands apart from most trappists with the light sourness and funk. Just beautiful.

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Photo of Keffa
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/2/11.

Live Review.

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber color, 2 finger off white head settles to a full cap after a couple minutes, lacing is pretty standard for a Belgian, copious and lasting. Not what I was expecting for a "Belgian pale ale" but still a good looking beer.

S: Odd, yet good. Sweet bread, some light yeasty phenols, and pepper. Not what I expected from the words others have wrote for this beer.

T: Even less like what I expected. Very, very slight tart note is taken over almost immediately by a sweet malt backbone along with a slight fruitiness. Pepper is again a strong component, as is a bit of powdery yeast. Funk is very restrained, almost to the point of me questioning if this beer has Brett in it, until the dry finish reminds me that it is indeed in here. Some alcohol is noticeable in flashes here and there, but it's not something that detracts from the beer any.

M: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly coating on the palate. Decent.

O: Good. Not exactly what I was expecting from the talk that I've seen and heard about it. Not nearly the Brett bomb that it's been described as. Good beer, a classic, but not sure that I'd drink another one fresh, I may buy another and sit it in the fridge for a couple years and see how it progresses.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a goblet, reviewed live:

A - Pours a somewhat murky orange/pink color with a just off-white, rocky head of three fingers. Retention is remarkable (as in 5 - 10 minutes, and it hasn't moved).

S - Incredibly complex. Sweet pale malt, awesome yeast, citrus, banana, floral notes, sour funk, and spice all come to mind. I'm even more excited to taste it.

T - Citrus and sweet fruit over a lovely subdued caramel pale malt foundation. The yeast begin to take over midway, with bready and funky sour notes. Floral hops notes throughout. Wonderfully complex and balanced. Masterfully built.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and perfectly dry on the finish. Tailored exactly to the flavors.

D - A remarkable and complex beer thats highly drinkable. From my limited experience with Trappist offerings, it's certainly unique. I'd love to age this one.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 29/4/09

Pours a nice rich mahogany with a ton of off white head that sticks all over the glass. Nose is slightly tart up front, with some fresh green apple followed with a funky woodsiness (I imagine a mushroom growing on a slightly rotted out log). I get just a little bit of a flowery soft scent, like lavender. The taste was good but I marked it lower than the nose because I am getting a harsh/flat bitterness like aspirin left to dissolve in the mouth. The mouthfeel was also very, very thin, combined with the very active and prickly carbonation, this felt more like a soda which really detracted from the taste. As I let it warm up the mouthfeel is improving and I am able to taste more balance but it is still not quite there for me. This one might just have a bit too much age on it (~3 years) and the brett has thrown it out of balance, I would like to try a fresher bottle to compare

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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