One of only 11 breweries in the world allowed to label their beers as authentically Trappist, Orval is based within the walls of the Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Orval in the Gaume region of Belgium. Founded in 1132, there is evidence of beer consumption on the site from at least 1628, but the Abbey only started brewing commercially in 1931 to finance restoration works.
The distinctive Orval glass was designed at the same time as their eponymous beer, itself sold in an unusual skittle-shaped bottle. As it’s bottle-conditioned it can be aged like wine - assuming you can resist drinking it for that long. The brewery also produces Petite Orval, a lower-alcohol beer only available from the monastery itself or a nearby cafe.
There’s a lovely little legend about the founding of the Abbey: Countess Matilda of Tuscany was walking in the valley when she lost her wedding ring in a spring. Distraught, she prayed for it to be returned, and was astounded when a fish swam to the surface, carrying her ring in its mouth! In gratitude, she donated the funds for the building of the Abbey in that valley - which is why the Orval logo is a picture of that miraculous fish with the ring in its mouth.