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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
5,423 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.

Added by Bierman9 on 09-18-2001

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Josiah2729
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of 4balance
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JAXSON
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 year old bottle, Nov 2010 bottling. Pours a pinkinsh amber gold with a large head and a tempestuous body. Nose is soft peaches and apples, hay, brett. Mouth is sweet trappist yeast throughout with a bready quality and medium hops over the finish. Dries out a lot toward the back palate but still sweeter than I remembered this being. Fair amount of dry, earthy brett creeping out at this age. Not nearly as bright or hop forward as the recent Jul 2011 bottling. Apples, stewed peaches throughout that avoid being overly sweet.

To me, this succeeds at being many things at once, but I don't feel it's really exceptional on any level. I've enjoyed the 5 month and 13 month old bottles I've had recently (which were massively different), but there are certainly better trappist ales, better dry brett golden ales, better Belgian pale ales out there. This is pretty notable in its transcendence but it's not straightforward enough for me, I suppose.

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Photo of jtmcgraw
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of hogansct
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer at the local bar. They served it in a chalice provided by the brewer.

This beer pours straw yellow with a light, fluffy head. This head retains for a couple minutes.

The flavor is light and clean. It is a great example of a well made belgian beer. This is one of those great examples why everyone thinks so highly of belgian made beers.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Cru
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. The perfectly balanced flavor profile. Just enough sour to keep the malty sweetness common in the Trappist Style from taking over. Most of the other Trappist style beers tend to be far to malt-forward for my taste. But I love this beer, I might have married it if I had known about it before I met my wife.

High carbonation, often overflows on opening, head can take some time to dissipate. Straw to copper color.

Strong fruit nose, strong sour apple but clearly the intended flavor. Balanced bitterness. Very clean mouth feel. No lingering after taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A cloudy gold with a slight amber tinge. A huge foamy eggshell white head sits atop and carbonation bubbles streak up the sides of the glass to the surface.

Smell: Crisp, unbelievably crisp. Wonderful blends of tart white fleshed fruits give this beer a spectacular blend of character and spice. Very champagne inspired aroma that is balanced out with a warm maltiness and bready yeast presence>

Taste: A huge hit of finely bubbled carbonation opens of the palate for a storm of complexity. White grapes and crisp tart apple flavors fill the mouth, creating a world of champagne effervescence. The sweetness is balanced out with some spice, light bitterness and a nice yeast breadiness, and brett funk. The brett funk varies in its prominence based on how old the bottle is. The fresh stuff will have a lot more hop flavor, the older stuff will have more barnyard/wet hay aroma and flavors. I personally prefer it under a year, around the 6 month mark I find superb balance.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation works wonders in this beer, not staying out of the way of the flavor but opening up your palate for the flavor to storm and be cherished. Breadiness gives the beer a full body and light bitterness gives it a nice fresh exit.

Overall, a great Belgian Ale, there are few I have enjoyed more. It is my favorite of the Trappist Ales I have had, certainly the most unique. Perfect balance meets brettanomyces!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a huge four-finger+ off-white head. Heavy lacing left along the glass.

Smell: It smells so good. Extremely sweet and fruity smelling, bananas, apricots, peaches, flowers. Delectable.

Taste: Unexpected, kind of medicinal taste at the front, what I expect to be the yeast. It sounds unpleasant, and may be to some, but I like it. Finish is like the smell, very fruity and flowery, slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Lives up to its reputation, a great ale with an amazing smell and good taste, highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark orange with a huge, and I mean huge, white rocky head that lingers and laces. One of the best looking pours I've seen.

Smells of brett, apple, pear, sugar, bubble gum. Really great aroma, makes you want to take a sip.

Taste is up front hop and brett that fades into a fruity, sugar malt and hop character and ends with some yeast spice, hop bitterness, and fruit. Complex as all hell and refreshing.

Lighter to medium body with high carbonation work perfectly for the beer.

Hoppy (maybe a bit too astringent), fruity, spicy, sweet yet dry, just really interesting and complex. The brett is more subtle but present. What's not to love. Amazing beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served from the bottle into a globed DFH glass. Bottled on 1/8/2010, which I think means August 1 and not January 8.

A- Poured a mostly clear semi--hazy dark golden color, amazing, huge, fluffy head that left some lace. Lots of small bubbles, highly carbonated

S- Big lemon, hay, banana, citrus, and funky notes

T- This is super bitter, lots of sulfur/salty qualities on the finish. You get some of the flavors in the aroma, but this salty sulfur quality overpowers this whole beer.

M- Highly carbonated, chalky dryness

O- Is this a bad bottle? Maybe. This was a huge and expensive disappointment. Tons of nondescript bitterness, if only the taste matched the aroma. I could not finish this.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,423 ratings
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