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330 ml 
Orval 330 ml, Orval at Beer Planet, online Belgian beer store


Rating: 8.46
Orval Belgian Trappist Ale, often referred to as The Queen of Trappists. It was first made in 1931, and has a complex and unusual flavor and aroma produced by a unique strain of yeast.
Country: Belgium
Brewery: Abbaye Orval
Alcohol: 6.20  %
Plato: 10.00  °P
Served: 12-15  °C
Type: Ale, Pale Ale, Triple, Trappist
Accessory:  Orval 33cl

Orval, Abbaye Orval

The beer is light in color, slightly cloudy, and has a large, foamy head. There is a complex aroma of leather, horse blanket, spice, and many other earthy components.

Evidence of brewing goes back to the earliest days of the monastery. A document written by the abbot in 1628 directly refers to the consumption of beer and wine by the monks. The last of the brewers to be a monk was Brother Pierre, up until the 1793 fire.

In 1931 the present day brewery was built, employing lay people and intended to provide a source of funds for the monastery reconstruction. It was designed by Henry Vaes, who also designed the distinctive Orval beer glass. The first beer was shipped from the brewery on 7 May 1932, and was sold in barrels rather than the bottles of today. Orval was the first Trappist beer to be sold nationally around Belgium.


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