Brewery: Brasserie D'Orval
Style: Belgian Ale
Format: 330ml Bottle
In contrast to all the other Trappist breweries, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process. Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste.
WHAT OTHER CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
From Belgium (what a guess) is called ORVAL. Made from malted barely, is at 6.2% alc.
Poured into glass and headed up a lot. Took three goes to empty the bottle!
Very tall head, aroma was mild and few bubbles.
First taste was again creamy natured, and a bit familiar with others.
Rated, 6 (was hoping for more)
A world class beer - not what you'd expect from a Trappist Brewery
This beer really is not what you'd expect from a Trappist brewery. After tasting beers from Chimay, Westmalle, La Trappe...etc. A bit of tart funk on the nose with hints of barnyard from that brett? It has such a soft mouth feel, almost silky smooth. Though, it is very well balanced and has nice bitter fruity spicy notes. Has been my favourite Trappist beer for some time. If only it was more available!
I don't know what the fuss is about
Has a herb like aroma with a dry spicy finish, nice beer but not amazing -- I did get in trouble on untappd as other users wanted my head for that comment LOL
As good as it gets
The iconic dry Trappist Ale which inspires so many tributes and clones, it is dry hopped and fermented with Brettanomyces in addition to Saccharomyces. Dry with amazing complexity from the Brett which develops over time, so this one is definitely worth a place in the cellar to try as time goes by. A truly great beer.
Quality yeast esters on the nose. Dense head with banana and fig flavours.
I've heard that Orval can vary a lot from bottle to bottle, I found the one I had to be just a tad disappointing. Not the best Belgian ale I've had.
"About 20 years ago, before the beginning of Australian Craft beer( OK there was Coopers), I would get beer from Germany, Great Britain, & of course ,Belgium.
Being a novice, those days, I would call Orval, ""awful""
How times have changed.! One of the tastiest beers of all time.
A shame that it is a bit expensive. But is one to savour
This one puts hair on your chest.."