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:
5,364
Reviews:
2,335
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
358
Gots:
902
For Trade:
11
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Photo of dawardster
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Larrytown
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-brown with a big head that fades quickly to a solid, consistent ring. The fruit is the first thing noticed off the bat with a bit of malt and hops playing around the edges.

The taste is dry and spicy. Definitely wine-like and there's no trouble seeing the champagne comparisons with such a crisp mouthfeel. It jumps out at you.

This is a very enjoyable, unique beer, but I doubt I'd want more than one in any given evening.

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Photo of JamesWn
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Morningstorm
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RollBeerTide
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MrBoz21
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from 11.2 oz bottle. Bottled Sept 18, 2013. 8 months old.

Poured with thick and foamy white head. Very slow to settle with patches of foam sticking to glass. Heavily carbonated. Color is murky golden orange.

Aroma: Pear, banana and coriander. Balanced, smooth and subtle with some nice brett funk (sour grape and must).

Taste: Tart fruit and citrus with a spicy bitter backbone. Tannin notes. Finishes smooth and clean with some dank astringency. Brett horsiness is there and it is pleasant.

Moutfeel: substantive but well attenuated. Dry-ish. Not bubbly.

Overall: Extremely balanced, complex and drinkable. This is a delicious beer that shows that a beer can have lots of flavor without being hops dominant.

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Photo of shanny_koenig
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DiUr
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jamesroses
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 21/4/2016, drank on 18/8/2016

Appearance: hazy copper orange with a big head every time it's poured, like 5 finger head. Great lacing and retention.

Aroma: reminded me of good sparkling wine, fruity and floral, red apple skin and perfume. Not strong, but delicate.

Taste: similar to the aroma, tasted like white sparkling wine, sour golden raisins and something similar to a fruity minty flavour.

Mouthfeel: crisp carbonation that makes for a medium bodied mouthfeel with a champagne-like bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I liked it and would drink it again, maybe was a bit more sour or bitter than I'd expected. This bottle was pretty fresh, so I'm looking forward to get another one and cellar it for a couple of years to see what it's like in that condition.

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

A: Cloudy amber with an enormous tan head. Head is foamy with quite large bubbles, stays forever and laces.
S: Grapefruit, peares, yeast, lilac, leather, amonia. Big nose, very complex. Smells like a nice bourgogne.
T: Lilac (translated from the aroma), grapefruit, grapes, some malt, bitterness. Winelike qualities when it comes to complexity. Aftertaste of honey and eucalyptus. Alcohol not at all dominant.
M: Moderately carbonated, light to medium body, but the lightness is balanced by the extraordinary complexity.

Outstanding. Not for beginners.

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

Bottled 04/04/2006 Opened 11/29/2007-couldn't wait any longer!

A-poured into Orval goblet a dark orange/light brown color.Huge bed of thick off white foam,took awhile to pour entire bottle.

S-Smells of yeast,pepper,light malt and a touch of hops,also smell a fruit,maybe plum and a old apple smell,that is slighty tart.

T-Tastes exactly like the smell only every sip is a different flavor.Very very complex beer.

M-Light/medium bodied,great carbonation.Very smooth yet crisp feel.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, I would consider this as a staple beer if it wasn't so expensive,so it is a great special occasion beer instead.I would love to visit this brewery and the country.

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Photo of sim0n17
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it!!! But who doesn't? Great Trappist ale with a sweet finish and a very round mouthfeel. That cloudy amber coloring is classic with a bit of a citrussy, sweeter aroma. It's well worth stocking up your cellar to "age" some of it for later. If you've never had one, then please wait no longer!!

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Photo of Zaso
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ScottR
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: light amber, copper, biggest head of any beer. Bubbles for days, pourer beware.
S: Floral, even through all the bubbles. Not particularly strong, not particularly inviting
T: Sparkling bubbles, giving way to raisins and fruit, medium body
F: Carbonation for days, crisp giving way to slight sour, bitter finish
Definitely not to be drunk from the bottle, then again definitely not easily poured into a glass, definitely worth letting it open

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Photo of Lucienbel
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jammalamma
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It took a minute just to get to the brew, the head is explosive! great lacing and head retention. Dark golden brown-amber color.

Hints of funk, lite apple/ grape-pear nose, complex. Smooth, very well balanced (no one flavor as wild as head); slightly bitter.

Over all-very good. This bottle is 1yr old, like to try 3-4yr bottle.

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Photo of Stavage
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into the correct Orval glassware, a nice slightly hazed orange amber colour with a big rocky frothy white head. Nice and thick, lasted long and left a decent lacing.

Smell was refreshing, you can tell you're in for a dry beer. Grassy, citrus, and a kind of sharp herbal scent.

Taste was very crisp, very dry, very refreshing yet complex. This is my first Belgian pale but I've had many an English and American Pale ale and I've never had one that manages to be this full of flavour AND have complexity AND be highly refreshing. Had a citric malt bite which eases into that refreshing grassiness whilst maintaining its sourness. Sour like sourdough tartness not like lemons. Just a good mix of very subtle citric fruitiness with grassy malty goodness. Ends in a sharp bitter hops high note which lingers leaving a nice dryness.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, crisp and dry. And it may be too drinkable for it's own good. In a barbaric moment I could see myself slamming this down to quench a ferocious thirst. Which would be horrible considering the complexities in this brew. I really did have to hold myself back from drinking this too fast though.

Damn...this is hard to find here and expensive when I do see it...generally I prefer forking out for the darks and dubbels and tripels and quads. I'm content with Australian pale ales. But damn this was really really nice. Just wish it was more common and affordable.

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Photo of Blissmo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of pocwolf
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mdunman
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy amber color with a thick off-white long lasting head.

S: Many lighter aromas take over, most notably some rose petals and a bit of background hops.

T: Starts out with a citrus sweetness that finishes with a rosy, slightly hoppy, dryness.

M: Light body loaded with carbonation that crisply moves throughout.

Refreshing beer that pleasantly hits every sense in every stage. Very enjoyable beer that works well in all seasons of the year and kept me wanting more. I would hurry back to get more of this.

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Photo of Dufraine
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 12/03/2020
Pours with a generous, billowy head that takes awhile to dissipate. Deep dark and hazy gold.
This is beer folks, smells like beer, grainy malty goodness and a touch of hops
Hops are the first flavor, bitterness with a little lemon, but there is an undeniably earthy aftertaste
medium body with a dry finish
Overall the most striking thing is the finish, very complex and it lingers for quite some time.

BB 27/03/2019
head is a little calmer, smaller bubbles body is clear golden, amber
smell is fruity, vinous
the taste is incredibly different, very fruity, much less bitter
medium body
hard to compare the two that's how different the beer is, both great though

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Photo of Andrew4321
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
4.18 out of 5 based on 5,364 ratings.
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