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

Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale
BA SCORE
87.5%
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4.21 w/ 5,411 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
Ranking:
#960
Reviews:
2,349
Ratings:
5,411
Liked:
4,735
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
12.35%
Alströms:
4.92
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
923
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,411 |  Reviews: 2,349
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Round 3 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: murky/translucent honey-amber under a two-finger off-white head leaving soapy lacing as it fizzles. Very attractive.

Nose: Mild gueuze funk (strengthens and intensifies as it warms), tobacco hops, lemon-pepper with a considerable barnyard finish. P.U.

Taste: dried Italian herb tea (basil, oregano, sage) aromatics, peppery mid-palate, metallic-leafy hops bitterness, dry gueuze finish.

Feel: champagne fizzy/dry body with a gueuze, tongue-wrenching pucker in the finish.

Drinkability/Overall: certainly the most unique of the Trappists we sampled with the gueuze funk and pucker, and odd herbal notes. Not what I was expecting from a Trappist, but glad I tried it, though it's certainly a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my gorgeous new Orval chalice. Bottled 29/08/2006.

A: Hazy orange, looks a lot like honey. Huge white head. The foam exploded out of the bottle after I popped the cap.

S: Some light fruit (lemon & orange) along with some floral accents.

T: A very complex taste. The light fruit is followed by some spices and herbal flavors. Honestly, there are all sorts of interesting flavors in this beer and it's difficult to pin down exactly what they are. Some of them are very grassy and earthy. More hops than other Belgian pale ales that I've had gives it a hoppy bite at the end.

M: It has a light body and is very crisp and finishes dry.

D: An extremely unique, interesting and complex beer. It's definitely something that I'll have again but will likely not be in regular rotation. The complex taste makes this a nice sipping beer but I couldn't see having more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of Envelopes
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmartinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frank4sail
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06 12 2006 (batch)
Big alcohol nose with some pale malt sweetness. Huge off-white head with big airy bubbles. Classic hazy pale ale look with lots og bubble action in the goblet (center). The rocky head and lace is lasting. This brew starts out on a good footing, because its look is almost flawless. The initial taste is one of smooth malt sweetness then strong warm alcohol notes leads your tongue to a bitter hop/fruit finish. The fruit most resembles bitter peach. Quite a complex and bold brew. Medium to full mouth with a nice creamy feel and coating left in the mouth. A truly crafted Belgian Ale!

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Photo of changeup45
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/8/07. Pours a bright orange color, slightly carbonated, with a thick pillowy off-white head. Aroma is amazing; quite flowery, tangy, fruity, with some yeast and a perfume presence. Not quite as strong or balanced as the aroma would indicate. Tangy fruits, hard cider, fragrance, some yeast but not as much as I expected. Quite acidic as well with a dry and sour finish. Light numbing on the tongue. Very complex as it seems I pick something different up with each taste. An interesting and unique brew.

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Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive orangeish/gold in color. Mostly clear with a massive lace-leaving head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, and spicy, with hints of orange, grape, and floral hops. The flavor is incredibly assertive; I could detect almost no sweetness at all in the first sip. Lemony and acidic, the flavor profile is dominated by tart fruit and spicy tastes, followed by a big, earthy, floral hop finish. Overall impression in the mouth is very crisp, almost sharp. A bit harsh on the tongue for me with a very dry finish. I found that adding the yeast to the glass rounds the flavor out a bit and leaves a much more mellow beer.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a very hazy deep amber color with a slight orange hue and a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with three fingers of very fine and creamy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of very fluffy lacing around the glass
S: very nice hops notes, simply smells fresh, has a nice earthy undertone
T: smoooth, hits with the nice hop notes first then kicks in with a bit of earthy depth and a very slight what note then it finishes with dark fruit notes which linger on the palate for a long time afterwards
M: aggressive carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling dry but still smooth, drinks thin
O: a pretty obviously high quality brew, apparently these "trappist" folks know what the hell theyre doing haha, not the best ive had for the style but its definitly top three, highly recommended

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Photo of ggaughan
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy brown color with a thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass. The head lasted for quite a bit of time. The smell I got from this one is a bit of malts and some earthy notes. Interesting but not overly complex. The taste is a bit sour but also a bit of a hoppy bit. The taste is fairly complex with the sour and the bitter and some sweet. Overall I really enjoyed my Orval and will enjoy a few more in the near future.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a crisp full white head of foam. No lacing.

Orval carries a medicinal, musty grass and horse blanket scent due to the intense effect of the brettanomyces. Beneath this lies a light honey and herbal note.

The taste begins with a delightful interplay of bitter spices and sour brett. Things sweeten midway through as there is a growing aspect of fruit, such as pear and apple. Semi-dry clean finish with a slightly warming and enjoyable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, but the carbonation contributes to a light airy character. Very drinkable and a shame it isn't cheaper. Phenomenal and pairs well with good bread and fresh runny goat cheese.

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Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice rocky fluffy head into a la fin du monde glass. The body is a nice slightly cloudy copper color with not to much sediment. After the head recedes a nice clinging lace remains.

S- Right off the bat I get a large hoppy grasiness, along with some big pepper, and a mineral inspired floral note. I detect a light bit of phenols as well. Nice.

T- On the palette this beer has an almost medicinal taste to start reminiscent of cough syrup with almost the same mentholated finish on the back of the throat. I would even say I taste suggestions of a very dry cider. The same light faint mineral finish is a bit dry leaving the palette coated with almost a graphite note. Unique to say the least.

M- mouthfeel is medium which is nice with the style, and the odd notes coating the palate on the tail end is pretty unique.

D- 6.9% makes this a belgian I can partake in without getting overly tipsy. As odd as this beer was for me, I look forward to pairing it with some food. Chops?

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange, amber colored.

Aroma: slight yeast, bubblegum, plum, raisin, dark fruits, slight yeast, bread.

Taste: similar to aroma.

Feel: well carbonated

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Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Supergenious
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jroof1
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This thing has a whopping great head, loads of carbonation and a thick, wonderful lingering head. Which normally I like. But in this instance makes it all but impossible to take a sip without getting a face full of foam. Once it settles down it starts to lace beautifully.

Would you smell that? This is one of the best smelling beers on the planet, like candied fruit and sweet flowers or green Jolly Ranchers, but there's also a funky horsey smell in there too.

I should have taken the time to bring it up to temperature because, when cold, the taste is almost medicinal with a spiciness that stings the tip of the tongue and a bit of sourness. As the beer settles and warms a complex array of toasted, nutty, biscuity malt comes to the fore. The bitterness level is spot on. The 6.9% alcohol is present but it plays nicely with the other flavors. It gets a bit tart and soapy towards the end, and no bad thing.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy for something that seems so carbonated and it has a very dry finish.

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Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of frlrv1020
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 5,411 ratings
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