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

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93
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5,397 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
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 Boo-urns
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a fairly murky red to brown sort of color with a two finger's worth of rocky foamy head that glistened and slid off at a good pace. Lace was somewhat thick and foamy and sticky.
The aroma had a swift sweet to funky barnyard hay/grassy whiff. Roamed nicely into some basement stiffness and had some floral particles coming out to play with a little bit of a brisk earthiness.
The flavor was odd, well, it had that vinous quality that seemed to want to pummel the funk, but in reality, it didn't. So in turn, the earthiness, basement, and floral hop quality played a good part in and all around. Aftertaste seemed to cherish the funk and embrace the wine quality.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, maybe a touch under with a good sipping quality to it due to the wine harshness. Carbonation felt fine, maybe a bit high, but I gave it a "restrained pour" to assist in the containment. ABV felt good.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian pale ale, not one for the faint of heart but definitely nothing else like it.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at the 6 months mark after bottling

L - reddish-brown amber color, almost copper. Carbonation like a good sparkling wine.
S - funky farmhouse smell of hay and horse stable. Citrussy, almost white wine-y.
T - citrussy, champagne-y funkiness of yeasty sour apples, hay and a hint of horse stable. Grassy hoppiness. A really crisp and ’green’ taste, with a beautiful hoppy bitter after taste, but still exquisitely well-balanced
F - nothing of note. Not watery. Not syrup-y. A nice sparkly carbonation like those in sparkling wines.

O - this is my favorite beer to date, period, and the beer that got me interested in craft beer. Upon first serve it simply smacks you in the face with its uniqueness, without being over-the-top. It is so amazingly well balanced in its farmhouse characteristics and its beer-y/hoppiness, and I haven’t really found any other beer that I have gotten so utterly smitten about. It reminds me of my childhood hometown: it is simply the countryside in a glass. If Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony were a beer. This would be it.

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Photo of CamilleGege
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mrnickatnite
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2015 bottle. First thing you notice on this ale is the unique fermented fruit scent. Actually kind of pleasant in my opinion. Tastes of pear and a light banana flavor. Slight malt finish. Smooth. Very solid beer.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bombelsky
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 09.02.2017

Amber clear gets hazy after pouring a last inch. Huge 4 fingers frothy head, persisting, excelente lacing.

Moderate high level of yeasty-fruity esters aroma, mostly pears.
Earthy moderate aroma of hops. Some peppery notes.

Light grainy sweetness perfectly balancing moderate-high bitterness of hops and yeast, moderate hop flavor. Sugary.

Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, fluffy, long dry finish. Warm alcohol notes.

Great

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Photo of illpass78
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Dark, opaque plum/raisin type color. Huge frothing cream head. Angry bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma: Dark fruits, malts, sugars, herbs.

Taste: Complex. Fruits like fig, plum, raisin. Candied sugar. Malts, grains, bread. So much going on. Touch of caramel. Almost "busy."

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and rich. A pleasure on the palate.

Overall: Classic, unique ale. An experience. A good one, too.

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

Photo of xanadu1988
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just not into the funky smell and taste. The only Trappist beer I don't like so far

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of griffey123
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of yuno
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anacross
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled perfection. You won't find a Belgian trappist ale better than this. It pours a smooth bronze color liquid, with impressive and long lasting foam on top. Smells like fruit with a hit of caramel. The taste is perfectly balanced, complex and pleasant, satisfying in every way. The 6.20% alcohol volume is just right. Hard to find in the USA, and a little expensive, but worth every drop of it.

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Photo of RMW66
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srv33
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally getting to review one of my favorite Trappist ales. Bottled on 15/12/16

Appearance: Pours a mysterious hazy orange, nearly an amber with a thin head and beautiful lacing that clings in fine wisps.

Aroma: Scent of the usual belgian yeasts, clove banana bubblegum - along with a slight funk that makes Orval what it is, hints of the sea and grass.

Mouthfeel: Unbelivable moutfeel unlike any of the other Trappist ales, but is closest to St Bernardus Tripel, fine carbonation whose articulation dances in the creaminess of it all.

Taste: Lighter than the usual suspects in the style, but with such nice herbal, sea salt, floral notes as to give it something none of the others do. Its funk reminds me of a saison, but its fullness tells you its a trappist belgian pale ale. Along with the herbal notes comes hints of citrus and pepper which close it off.

This is a top brew, and I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing it, because I believe it to have a spot among my very favorites, and is certainly within my top three of all belgian brews. Reserved and mysterious; absolute class act.

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Photo of teddibrewski
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cloudy amber color with a thick off white head great retention. smells hoppy citrus with a little sour funk as well. taste like a perfectly belgian pale ale with a a little funk to it. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A lot going on in this beer. Head/color as described in other reviews. Smells an tastes are numerous. Upfront is earthy, cidery, cedar like, slight vinegary, fruity, flowery hop aromas. Full mouthfeel compliments the slightly old tree fruit flavors. Bitterness from hops and some sour. Some drinks I taste Vietnamese pho with Asian spices and basil. Others dried tobacco and cider. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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