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

5,389 Ratings
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.

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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

Photo of eberesford
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge head, even when fresh from the fridge. Mid amber. Aroma slightly phenolic, cloves, musty fruit. Flavour fruity peppery with mandarin at the end. Very full mouth.

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Photo of joshautry
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle served at 14 degrees Celcius into a chalice. The bottle has been aged for 6 months.

Appearance: A beautiful looking beer. It pours a veiled deep amber / light copper with 2 fingers (3cm) of foamy, tan head that settles into a thick cap after 8 minutes. Excellent retention and nice lacing as a bonus.

Aroma: Excellent - pleasant and nuanced. Medium intensity balancing towards sweet. Malty notes include faint caramel and toffee with biscuity pale malt. Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops. Moderate esters that make me think of apple and pear. There's an interesting vinous quality and a faint mustiness.

Taste: Simply delicious. Medium-strong and well-balanced. Pale, grainy malts with faint notes of caramel and toffee. Floral, spicy, and citrusy hops. I'm impressed how well the aroma reflects the taste. Fruity esters of apple and pear. Slightly peppery as well as tart. The finish is balanced and a tad dry.

Mouthfeel: Very enjoyable. Medium-light body with perfect carbonation. Slightly drying and prickly with a hint of warmth.

Overall: A very impressive beer demonstrating excellent craftsmanship. The ABV is hidden and no unacceptable off-flavours come through. I had this beer just short of two years ago when I was first getting into beer. Back then I didn't have the appreciation I have for it today. If you haven't tried it yet, I say it's worth it.

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Photo of Clarth
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited for this one-- hear it is unique among Trappist beer.

Poured from a 12oz bottle bottled on 12/8/15 (good until 12/8/20). Fridge temp. Into a snifter.

Wow. Hello foam! Even with a delicate pour, you are going to get a HUGE head--probably the biggest I have ever seen on a bottled beer. The beer is crystal clear at fist but hazy once the whole bottle is poured. A lovely medium amber hue. Head recedes very slowly, so get comfy while pouring. Heavy lacing like none I have seen before. Just such a foamy, frothy beer. There is a head until the last sip.

Upon cracking the cap off, I am met with the aroma of spices. Very spicy, very yeasty, slightly fruity (apples, pears), slightly funky.

Taste is spicy, yeasty, floral and slightly malty with hints of apple and pear.

Feel is crisp, dry, and light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very unique beer-- like none I have had before. This likely due to the unique yeast used. I definitely recommend trying this one. I will likely revisit it in the future, maybe pick up a bottle or two to age...

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Photo of siebevl
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from unique 12oz bottle into Bell's Hopslam Tulip. Bottled on July 13th 2016. Best by July 13th 2021.

L: Orange, hazy, massive rocky fluffy, off-white. Ridiculous retention level. gorgeous lacing.

S: Very floral, juniper, yeast is present as expected.

T: Again very floral, juniper and lemon, very tart. Not a big fan, but an excellently crafted beer.

F: Medium body, dry, heavily carbonated.

O: This is a good beer but I am not a big fan.

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Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,389 ratings.
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