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:
5,360
Reviews:
2,335
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
358
Gots:
900
For Trade:
11
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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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Photo of tonyllau
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle, bottled 06/01/2016, purchased at Broadway Liquor Store.

A: Cloudy amber with lots of fluffy head.
S: Funky. I'm also picking up that familiar banana / bubble gum combo and maybe a little bit of cloves.
T: A bit tart and bitter. Boozy finish.
F: Fizzy.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with huge foaming thick white head that pretty much sticks
Citrus gummy aroma
Tart white wine vinegar glamour with bitter esthers
Solid mf
Awesome

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Urk1127
2.92/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of talbotjf99
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryMills
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite trappist beers..

Not sure if its the yeast strain or if it also has Brett added but this beer has a nice funk to it..

Big Belgian yeast smell and taste .

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011!
Pours a dark hazy Amber color with a froathy off white/ opaque 2 finger head that soon falls, leaving a blanket over the surface

Snifer picks up banana, clove, hint of bubblegum, spice, bread

Taste follows the nose

Overall a fantastic beer! Doesn't get much better than this! Aging deffinetly shows!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jliscin
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this a year after the bottle date, its a nice simple belgiun ale with a dark amber color by this point and a great strong smell and a nice fruity taste with some bitterness. It has a very deep head on it with lots of froth upon pouring.

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Photo of jmg480
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,360 ratings.
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