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Orval Day

The Orval legend began almost 1,000 years ago, when a princess accidently dropped her ring into a spring and a trout returned it. It continues now, with a day to reflect on and enjoy this amazing Trappist ale.

Orval Trappist

About Orval Day

Orval Day 2018 is Saturday, March 24, 2018

(Orval Day 2019 wll be Saturday, March 23, 2019)

On March 26th, 2016, and March 25, 2017, devotees of Orval Trappist Ale – and even some folks who hadn’t tried it yet – convened upon their favorite bar to celebrate one of the world’s unique and highly-respected beers. Orval was the first Brett beer to land on US shores, and has become the favorite beer for many star American brewers. ( "Brett" - brettanomyces - is a yeast variety that adds appetizing, sharp acidity and dryness.) Orval sells one beer, brewed to exquisite perfection within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery in Belgium. It’s delicious when it leaves the brewery, but also evolves in the bottle for five years or more.

We had over 150 accounts participate in the March 2016 Orval Day, and about 12,000 bottles were sold; Orval 2017 was even bigger than 2017! Thanks to all who participated.

A portion of the proceeds from Orval Day will be donated to MAP International.

2016 was the first year that Orval Day was celebrated nationally - Orval Day 2018 will be Saturday March 24, 2018.

To discover events near you, click on your region:

Northwest: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana
Southwest: California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
Central: N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri
Great Lakes: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Mid-Atlantic: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina
South: Kentucky, Tenessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico

Here's a video tour of Orval:

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Orval Trappist Ale

Orval Trappist Ale

Sunset-orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish.


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119 1st Ave. So.
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104-3471

Phone: (253) 656-0320
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