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:
5,392
Reviews:
2,347
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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360
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For Trade:
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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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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 3rd February 2016, best before 3rd February 2021, and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: A clear copper colour with an almost two finger white head that had great retention and left nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Very fruity berries, grape, apple and pear with hints of coriander and brett.

Taste: Nice gentle fruitiness, berries, grape, bubblegum and plum with a light tartness, light peppery spice, brett, funk and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice and very well balanced beer, and a must buy beer in my book.

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Photo of Estria
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Maestro0708
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Best by December of 2020. 6.9%abv

Pours a golden amber color and is mostly opaque. A large, off-white head develops and has great retention. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

The ale's aroma begins with a subtle tart lemon scent, followed by vaguely fruity and floral notes.

Flavor is complex as can be, with tart lemon, fruity citrus, hop bitterness, funk, and floral character. All of this blends together with beautiful balance.

Mouth feel is medium light, highly carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reddanm1
3.07/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The Orval Trappist Ale was a very different, interesting beer to drink. The beer poured very lots of head and took awhile to settle. The color was very light amber, with aroma of citrus and yeast. The beer was very smooth drinking, but tasted very citrusy. The aftertaste of the beer was very strong yeast, but light. Overall, the beer was fair.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of handmuffin
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from bottle into glass at home. Gushes even when opened gently, pours with enormous seemingly endless white head. Medium amber in color, with orangish tint, hazy and medium low clarity. Bright spicy, fruity aroma with Brett barnyard funkiness in the background. Flavor is just as complex: yeasty spice and fruit with wet hay earthiness. Medium full body with lively carbonation and a refreshing slightly dry finish. Overall this beer is absolutely great but very different from what is expected of a Trappist ale. The addition of Brett produces an enticing funky and sour aroma and flavor that pairs well with the more common Belgian spicy, fruity yeast. I do not get much hop aroma or flavor so this is probably an older bottle, so I guess I have a reason to try it again!

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

I absolutely love this beer. In the proper glass it pops with a sweet herbal, slightly sour, aroma. You won't be surprised to find the taste is the same. These monks make just this one beer for distribution. You should get a thick white head and don't be surprised to find a few floaters (tasty yeast) should you pour the full bottle as it's bottle conditioned. Enjoy.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tyronegangsta
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmphillips88
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yaron73
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle at "Gecko" restaurant in Brussels.

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

Lightly hazy with a huge fluffy head. Completely different from all the other Trappist ales. So unique it should be a style unto itself.
Descriptors: funky, tart, fruity, dry, bitter

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

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

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

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,392 ratings.
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