Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by Chaney:
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I'm just ticking through the "Beers of Fame" list. Almost there!
This is presently the #3 ranked Belgian PA here on BA.
Served in a Delirium Tremens glass because my Orval goblets haven't come in the mail yet.
A: Poured a deep, ruby red color, with a slight tomato juice quality. The slightly off white, whipped cream-like head boasted about 3+ fingers and didn't go away for a while.
S: Tart and lively, yet overall, it read more like a red wine to me just based on the nose. Sorta reminded me of the same type of funkiness I commonly get from Unibroue.
T: Much different than I was expecting. I was expecting a very sweet, fruit presence, but I good something akin to biting into an unsweetened baker's chocolate bar, then realizing the error. After I got used to it, I REALLY dug it, especially the peppery, bitter finish. Not something I normally see in a Belgian brew.
M: Spritzy and champagne-like, very bitter, somewhat boozy, but not too. The lacing was ridiculous.
O: Very good beer, but not as amazing as I was hoping. Still, I respect it and then some.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2013 00:23:25 | More by Chaney
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3.76/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Light copper with a little haze. Thick, billowing foam, slightly off white head.
Aroma is yeasty with a bit of barnyard funk.
Funk is very upfront in the first few sips. Becomes more crisp as it warms and settles. By the end there are lemony citrus hints.
Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin in comparison to the strong flavor.
I really like the complexity in the taste of this beer. Taste is unique but still recognizable.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 20:24:12 | More by msquared36
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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