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

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy dark amber color. Glorious mop water. Huge bubbly head is born from a forceful pour. Retains very well and leaves some thick lacing patches.

S-Yeasty funk along with some pale fruits such as pears, lemons and apples. Floral too. Vibrant, bright nose. Waiting for the head to die down a bit so I can take my first sip.

T-The flavor slaps ass. Funky, fruity, sweet, and tangy. Belgian influence plays perfectly with the stranger flavors. Slightly sour. Yeasty Brett becomes more noticeable after a few sips. Crisp fruit and eccentric funk. Citrusy and flowery. Light hoppiness on the back end. Surprisingly good amount of sweetness too. It even has an excellent malty-bready dryness.

M-Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Dry and crisp. The carbonation is nice. Overall, a good body that complements the flavor well.

O/D-This Trappist beer goes down super easy. Crisp, tart, and unique. I found it to be a pleasurable drink to say the least. Surprised I haven't had this before. Goddamn yummy.


The best Trappist beer by a mile according to my tongue. So unique. It has grown on me through the years and I haven't even consistently drank it. Now I think I'm going to buy a new one every year and cellar it. This is the epitome of a classic. In the Trappist family, Orval is the crazy cousin who rips butts and listens to metal. Awesome.


My favorite beer due to righteousness, availability, aesthetic, underratedness, and full blown badassery. The beer I drink next to a steak before I'm executed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been getting into funky brews, and was told by many that aged Orval was nice and funky. Bottled 7/2009.

Pours a nice dark auburn color, with a bubbly, creamy off white head. Laces wonderfully.

Yeast aroma, with mild fruitiness and a good level of funkitude! Maybe a hint of spicy tinged hops.

Fruity, yeasty taste, some subtle funkiness, slight citrus and a funkier finish.

Crisp carbonation, that may or may not be appropriate of the style, but a little harsh to me. Got better with some temperature.

Pretty pleased with this. I have a thought as to some places that may carry some even older bottles, so I'll seek more out...freshies too.

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Decanted into an Orval signature tulip and paired with Quebec raw milk cheese.

Spectacular white head on an cloudy orangy-amber ale. Citrus and meadow on the nose.

Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Peppery almost spicy taste, definitely some citrus, a bit of funk and some grassiness. VERY dry finish.

Quite delightful and very interesting.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 5,428 ratings
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