Although not generally available for sale, it can be purchased in the monastery itself or the café near the monastery.
The brewery is normally closed to the public, but opens its doors for two days each year.
All of the profits from the sale of the beer are distributed to charities and for community development around the region. It was first made in 1931, and has a complex and unusual flavor and aroma produced by a unique strain of yeast: Brettanomyces lambicus.
The beer is light in color, slightly cloudy, and has a large, foamy head.
Evidence of brewing goes back to the earliest days of the monastery.
Beer critic Michael Jackson considered Orval to be "a wonderful aperitif", and a "world classic".The Romanesque nave, of the same era, is divided in five spans with barrel vaults.The walls flare out at the top, which is a rather current phenomenon in Romanesque churches. Three later chapels with semicircular vaults open onto this nave.In the XVIIth century, stillborn babies came back to life for the duration of their baptism. The Chapel of Notre-Dame de Beauvoir was listed as a historical monument in 1921.Built in the XVIth century with stones from the walls and towers that protected the area of the ’Paillerols’, it will later be joined with the village cemetery.As the beer is bottle conditioned, its flavour can improve over the years with aging.Petite Orval is a 3.5% abv, beer brewed only for the monks (Patersbier).Orval beer is bottled exclusively in a distinctive skittle shaped 33 cl bottle.The bottling plant has a capacity of 24,000 bottles per hour.Aux confins de la Beauce et du Perche, sur le site historique du Château des Vaux, les établissements Notre-Dame d’Apprentis d’Auteuil sont implantés dans un vaste domaine de parcs et de bois de 110 hectares.Listed as an historical monument in 1913, the church proudly carries its old Lombard bell tower, with its very unusual structure (one of the most beautiful in Provence).