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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
87.5%
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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
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Brewdacris
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided that I would review Orval tonight because I reviewed Delirium Nocturnum last night and wanted to finally determine which I enjoyed more. Delirium Nocturnum is my long time favorite but I tried an Orval for the first time a couple months ago and I remember thinking that it may rival the Nocturnum in overall enjoyment. So tonight I decided to find out for good.

Appearance- Beautiful burnt orange color with a rocky, off-white three finger head. Dissipates after a while leaving a heavy lacing along the glass. Settles into a solid quarter finger covering after a few minutes. Very good looking beer.

Smell- Tart apple and a floral/lemon/banana scent. Very wonderful smelling. Possibly my favorite aspect of this beer.

Taste- Very smooth and surprising flavor. Very tart, sour taste from the get go. Accompanying alcoholic burn, but an extremely pleasant and fitting one. The first taste is almost too overwhelming to separate any flavors, but on the subsequent samplings tart fruit flavors are extremely apparent. Banana and lemon make themselves known, as does a heavy hop bite on the tail end. Sour fruit is present as the dominant aftertaste. I sipped this over a half hour period and the flavors made themselves more apparent as it warmed.

Mouthfeel- Extremely crisp, smooth mouthfeel. If you let the Orval settle in your mouth the carbonation makes itself very apparent. Just ever so slightly too light. Almost perfect for the flavor but could use a little thickness.

Overall, this is indeed a fantastic beer. Although it has failed to overtake Nocturnum as my favorite beer, perhaps it is unfair to compare the two. The Orval is definitely my favorite Belgian Pale Ale but I'm a sucker for Belgian Strong Darks. Overall an excellent beer and one I would recommend to any fan of pale ales.

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Photo of animal69
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of drumrboy22
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an Orval chalice. Beer was a light brown color, with a two-finger, foamy, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and tons of lacing around the glass. Glorious!

Aroma was funky brett, some floral notes and very faint citrus.

Taste was slightly hoppy, caramel, grass, citrus, and a touch of funk and yeast. Dry finish.

Bottle is 16 months old and has aged very well. Love the hints of Brett in the nose. Complex and flavorful beer. This is delish.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of MarkBlackout
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this last night after a LONG time without having one. $5 at Stoney's liquor store in Indianapolis. Great beer, I really enjoyed it. Has a nice sourness and dry hop presence. Poured REALLY foamy, had to let it settle 2-3 times to get the tall drinking glass filled. This is a classic, no doubt about it. I love the simple presentation of the label, and (rarely for me) the lack of a totally in your face flavor. This has a nice subtlety. Its hard to beat when it comes to Belgians if you're looking for something on the dryer side. Thanks for reading. Drink one soon.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice amber color with a huge head that I thought might spill out of my tulip. Tons of lacing.

S - Slight lemony citrus. Lots of ripe plum and clove.

T - Lots of ripe banana and plum. Very sweet malt. Slight hoppiness. Hides alcohol well.

M - Mild carbonation and medium body.

O - Very drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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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%

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