Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by BamaBeerBuff:
3.38/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Bottled on April 22, 2009. This is a relatively young bottle of Orval.
A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a massive off-white head that rockets towards the top of the glass. Thick sheets of lace remain on the sides of the glass and a heavy disc of foam remains atop throughout.
S: There's some noticeable apple and pear fruitiness, a floral component, a hint of peppery alcohol, and a faint musty horse-blanket like aroma. I'd say the predominant component is the fruitiness, but overall the aroma isn't too intense.
T&M: First bottle I had of Orval I really disliked. This bottle I disliked initially, but now about 1/2 way into it, it's growing on me a bit. Pale malt, a dry fruitiness, some leather/horse blanket/funk flavor are all upfront. A metallic and aggressive bitterness comes in late--this is rather hoppy for a Belgian! I'm thinking that some age would settle down those hops (this bottle is quite young) and hopefully reveal some additional complexity on the finish. Body is light to medium with an aggressive carbonation that works well with the bitterness.
D: Well, it's been a bit difficult to get down this glass, mainly because of the intense metallic flavor on the back end.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2009 00:15:37 | More by BamaBeerBuff
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle dated 8/18/2011, enjoyed 1/19/2013
Split this bottle. The beer itself pours a cloudy hazy orange-tan. One glass had impressive foaming and long head retention, while the other glass had only a thin tight layer of bubbles. (I have both a rinse with cold water prior to pouring.)
The aroma has an earthy, lemony character to it. There’s a light funk which emerges, like wet hay, along with some tangerine peel and something that reminds me of a good sweat from a tough workout.
The flavor is earthy with a mild spice that runs into a funky finish. It’s peppery and earthy with a long, long finish. I found layers of flavor—wet hay, tangerine and orange preserves, leather, and tobacco—that just are a delight to enjoy. Great effervescent, fantastic body. I love how this beer changes over time.
Dated 10/02/2011 but purchased before then. Does it mean February 10, 2011?
First time drinking this iconic beer. This is a moment for the record books! Or, at the least, Beer Advocate.
Poured into a tulip. It’s cloudy, sandy-colored, with a big layer of foam sitting atop. I smell coriander, orange peel, apricot must on the edges. Just a wonderful, wonderfully complex aroma.
First sip is an eye opener. Sharp, concentrated flavor with a dry finish that goes for a victory lap on the palate. Lots of yeasty esters and an effervescence that coats your mouth. There’s some slight sour and funky notes that hang around and become more pronounced as the beer warms. Incredibly complex. I see why this beer has such a reputation and aura around it.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 18:26:22 | More by elNopalero
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review #200 for me; I figure do this timeless brew
A- Amber colored, tons of head; and I don't think I did a crappy pour; but I will be very very happy to drink this brew as soon as it settles down. Large lacing, ivory in color.
S- Belgian funk, yeast, malt and then the belgian fruits profile. Very nice proportions of everything. World class brew.
T- Such a spectacular blend of belgian dark fruits, brett and malt backbone; very light on its own right.
M- More carb than I would want, but who am I to say this Orval has any imperfections. Nice numbing on the tip of the tongue.
O- Fantastic brew. I have been looking forward to drinking this for a loooong time! I will buy more if/when I see it!
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:33:02 | More by gueuzedreg
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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