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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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on: 20/05/11

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color with a thick billowy, foamy off-white head that has great retention.

The aroma is subtle, yet fairly complex. Starts with notes of tart fruits, green apple and a light citrus. Some grassy/hay notes.The yeast adds a light funky twang to the finish.

The taste follows the nose, with subtle notes of tart apple, lemony citrus, and finish with some very light hay and funk from the yeast (Brett).

A light to medium body, with prickly, active carbonation.

A great beer and a true classic. The carbonation was just a tad bit higher then I would have liked, but was still enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of cbless97
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice cloudy amber, thick, foamy head.

S- Subtle alcohol, sweet malt comes through. Slight citrus comes through to boot,

T- Excellent!!

M- Excellent texture throughout the sip. Nice alcohol aftertaste. Incredibly well balanced.

O- Been hanging onto this for a little while now and looking forward to drinking it. Being that the NY Football Giants just won I am indulging. Excellent balance and taste to this. You can almost feel the history and tradition while sipping. Worth that "World Class" distinction.

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

Dark amber to orange colour with a uneven, foamy white head that is about a thumb-width tall and has excellent retention.

Some nice citrus to begin along with an overwhelming orange aroma. There is a good flowery smell that follows this and some yeast as well. Right at the end I can also detect a little banana and even apricot.

Quite a hop filled, spicy flavour to begin with, this is a very nice beer. There is a mild flowery taste along with very light banana and clove. The drink is rounded off with a dry, yeast like taste.

The light side of medium on the body with good, strong carbonation and smooth, dry finish.

A great beer that was not at all like what I had been expecting, the floral notes alone where a big surprise but a pleasant one.

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Photo of HopDr
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Cloudy burnt amber color. Really nice lumpy head which just settles in and stays forever.

S- This is what Belgian Pales are all about. Subtle and wonderful. Fruit flavors, mostly green apple with a touch of citrus and just the smallest amount of Belgian musty funk.

T- This is where it really sets itself apart. I get the flavors described in the aroma at first, but there are more layers. There is a hint of sweetness and then sourness which really makes the aroma pop. These flavors and aromas dissipate and fade into a spicy, fairly intense bitterness (maybe form the alcohol? probably not hops) which lasts until the next sip.

M- Really nice. Not too heavy not too light, not too much carbonation, just right.

O- I have to admit that there are a lot of Belgian strong ales which I don't 'get'. Duvel tastes like overcarbonated Heineken to me. I don't see the magic in Chimay Red. But this one is different, it really balances all of what makes Belgian pales what they are, the complexity and unique flavors imparted largely by the yeast and fermentation, while remaining accessible and very drinkable (it just tastes good!).

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Bottled on 5/20/2011

A - Hazy, burnt orange. Big, rocky head quickly and continuously builds even with gentle pour. Slowly settles to a 1/2 finger width that remains thanks to a steady stream of bubbles. Leaves some sticky rings of lacing.

S - Citrus acidity. A bit of Belgian yeast provides just the mildest amount of funk. Pick up some green apple as well.

T/M - Awesome! Lemon and orange zest. More green apple in the taste. Finishes with a spicy/peppery dry finish that just makes me want to take another drink. Great level of carbonation.

O - Easily a top example of the style. Always amazing, and worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jjkatter
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice …

A- Dark amber, cloudy color. White head with high effervescence. Nice pillowy lacing that stays with the beer to the end.

S- subtle in the aroma department. Faint citrus with

T- dry twang that sets this beer apart from any other I have tasted. A truly unique flavor. A bit of a unsweetened tea with lemon taste up front, quickly replaced with an extremely dry with pleasant spice finish. First taste presents itself sort of simplistic, but as you delve into the beer, its elegant complexity becomes more and more apparent.

MF- refreshing and moderate ABV which does not present itself. Plenty of carbonation

O- This beer is like no other out there that I have come across. It’s definitely one of those beers that a certain percentage of people will not appreciate. It may even be said to have an acquired taste. While I find this beer a bit pricey, I do enjoy revisiting it from time to time.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance is a hazy dark orange with a 2 finger thick white head. Retention is awesome. The head simply refuses to fade away!

Smell is very orangy and yeasty with also a bit of juniper.

Taste is citrusy up front with apple and orange. Orange being predominant. There is also a woody note along with a slight tartness from the yeast. Bitterness is present throughout but really becomes noticeable toward the finish. The beer finishes with a long lasting dryness.

Overall this is a unique beer. Maybe not the the best Belgian out there but it is different from other ones and a beer that everyone should try.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BigCheese
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, bottlen on 8/1 drank on NYE 2011

A: Orange Cloudy, similiar to a hef but darker, lots of rising bubbles forming a huge white cloudy head. Left a wall of lacing. Impressive.

S:That distinct sweet belgian yeast smell, hard candy, some nutmeg maybe?, hints of orange rinds

T: Very complex, a lot going on, sugary pixie stick sweetness, some cloves/spice as well, a kiss of hops gives it a dry champagne like finish.

M: Really carbonated, has a crisp clean dryness to it that I liked, alcohol is not overly pronounced at all. Drinkable but a tad to sweet for me to have more than 1.

O: Really enjoyed this brew, although I have certainly enjoyed other beers more but I would say everyone should try this atleast once.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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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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