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

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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
Ratings:
5,397
Reviews:
2,347
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
920
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 5,397 |  Reviews: 2,347
Photo of MaxOhle
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrendanHurley
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a dark ovalish bottle (11.2 oz.) into a tulip glass. Bottled and expiration date stamped on bottle.

Look: A light amber color with a massive a wild head. Parts of the head and foam appear to take on a life of their own.

Smell: Notes of coriander and citrus, scent gives a great introduction to the taste and flavor.

Taste: Full and complex flavor with a combination of bitterness and flowers that gives a strong and full bodied flavor. Very crisp and easy to drink

Feel: Somewhat between a light and sticky feel in your mouth. Very crisp and easy to drink with light carbonation

Overall: A unique and classic Belgian Trappist Ale that does a tremendous job standing itself against some of Belgium's (and the world's) best beers.

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Photo of FBarber
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange color. Partially opaque. Huge frothy head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving thick lacing and a residual half finger layer of pillowy white foam. Lovely appearance.

Smell is tart and vinegary - yes you get tartness on the aroma that gets your taste buds revving from that brett. Some bready malt is there as well as a nice belgian spicy yeast aroma. Interesting because this bottle has lots of brett on the nose.

Taste has notes of bread, vinegar, floral hops, touch of bitterness. The brett is present. but not nearly as present as the nose would have implied.

Feel is light and drinkable. Very dry finish. Mild carbonation.
Overall a truly unique Trappist ale, but one that is impressively complex and expertly crafted.

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Photo of Glorithm
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 2 bottles dated 22/10/2016 at the Foundry as part of Orval Day
A - Deep copper brown colored, amazing loose knit cap of off white.
S - Warm bread, nice hint of raisin, and clove.
T - Malt forward, the kiss of Brett is near perfect, a bit of spice from the hops all complete the experience.
M - Wonderful feel, medium in body, soft water, well carbonated.
O - A near masterpiece. Delightful on every level.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is malty for sure, and for a brief second, it was almost like a hefeweizen of all things. Tasted mostly grains, some spice, and coriander. Feel was very light and highly carbonated, which was different for a Trappist Ale for sure. Beer has a little aftertaste but finishes dry, much like champagne.

Overall this is a good beer, however the other trappist brewed beers are better IMO. And seeing as this was $4.99 a bottle, I'd rather have the other trappist beers before this one.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter
A - Golden, lightly hazy with a nice foam on top
S - Roasty malts and herbal hops
T - Flat but balanced
M - Correctly carbonated
O - Classic Belgian ale

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a copperish color, highly carbonated, and super thick head. Smell is super malty and sweet. Goes down super smooth, but is quite dry. I wish it wasn't $4.99 a bottle otherwise I would pick up a lot of this.

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Photo of Timtac
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ossarion
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In original 33cl, bottled 10.08.16.

Deserved to be a legend of Trappist beers.

Deep cloudy orange, close to brown as a piece of amber just washed on shore, rough to see but great inside.

Long thick instant head.
Has regular and complex for belgium beers fruit and spicy smell. Generaly coriander and apple above. But!! Some strange champagne notes suddenly appears!

Yeah, taste. Incredible long. Fresh sour (apple) and bitter (seems like a lot of orange skin) at first, fruity and slighty sweet after and so cool dry and bitter again at the end. Hightly carboneted.

Great. Grants a lot of time pleasure with outstanding long dry end.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cunning_stunt
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a frosted, murky deep bronze with a thick three finger off-white head. Head foams up quickly, and could easily be more with anything more then a slow and easy pour. Head retention is great with fantastic lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, cherry, with a little lactic sour at the back. Flavor profile is dark fruits, tart cherries, Belgian yeast spice, with a slightly sour finish. It's a balanced and tasty flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a filling, slightly grainy texture. Overall, a robust Belgian ale that showcases all of the stand-up characteristics of the style. While it may not be other worldly, it is executed very well.

Served in a Chimay goblet.

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, highly effervescent, with an overly massive airy white head that leaves thick, lumpy lacing.

Nice fruity, sour, dry aroma, with plum skins most prevalent. Maybe a hint of sour apple and pear as well. Smells delicious.

Unfortunately, it's very yeasty, dry and flat tasting. The sourness I loved in the aroma sort of lurks in the background, and there's just a little of the fruitiness (plum, Apple, and now maybe lemon) behind that. I understand this beer changes considerably with age. This seven-month old bottle doesn't seem at its prime. Clearly there is something special underneath here, but it's masked.

For a beer that required me waiting a very good while for the head to die down, it also has a surprisingly still mouthfeel. Dryness is the dominant quality.

In a world before sours became ubiquitous, I could see this being a cult favorite, but the dry yeastiness cuts into the enjoyment for me. I do see a lot of potential in it, though, and expect I will try it again.

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Photo of dansushi
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled July 2014. It is a light cloudy golden apricot with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of lacing. A nice tart funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and clove. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well. It has a funky flavor with just a slight tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, banana, clove and some light spice to finish it off. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality. Found this 2014 sitting on the shelf and decided to finally try it after all these years.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,397 ratings.
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