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.
The first beer was shipped from the brewery on , and was sold in barrels rather than the bottles of today.
The other is the use of Brettanomyces yeast during this same maturation, which are a local wild yeast.
Hallertau, Styrian Goldings and French Strisselspalt hops are used.
Orval was the first Trappist beer to be sold nationally around Belgium.
As with other Trappist breweries, the beer is sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good causes.