Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by Intrinsic:
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Orval has the most intense head I've ever seen in a beer. This is likely because I served it too cold, but it persists even after the beer warms up. Its very frothy, almost like an Orange Julius but in beer form. It has a very nice cloudy amber colour.
Right away the smell really sets this beer apart from others. It has strong citrus notes, highlighted with spice and hops that come together in an almost perfect bouquet.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. This beer is everything that a beer should be in terms of taste. Almost no sweetness at all, the up-front bitter hops assault your taste buds in a very pleasurable way. No flavour out of the myriad different notes overpowers the others. It is perfectly balanced.
This beer is very crisp, clean and dry. In fact, even 30 seconds later my taste buds are still trying to recuperate from the dryness of each sip. My only complaint (and I have a feeling this is my problem) is that it doesn't sit very well in my stomach. If I could drink more than one, and it wasn't so darn expensive, I'd drink nothing but this beer. Orval deserves the "world class" title it has.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2011 00:15:14 | More by Intrinsic
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4.81/5 rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
DATE TASTED: February 21, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 125th Anniversary chalice... OCCASION: prepping for Will's 7th birthday party... APPEARANCE: dark cumulonimbus, Everest-like white climbing head--three-fingers edge out of the glass; medium amber body; hazy lacing continues throughout the drinking experience... AROMA: bright, sugary yeast wafts with slightly pungent, earthy grass and raison; grapefruit and pear are present...PALATE: light to medium-bodied; easily drinkable and lengthy aftertaste--one that is desirable...TASTE: sweet candied sweet hops pucker the mouth; pear and apple make for a perfumed blend, supported by a surprisingly hearty malt base--balanced and pleasing... OVERALL: alcohol adequately masked,, this Trappist deftly hits the bliss point---malty/hoppy/yeasty/fruity in equal turns; only regret is waiting nearly a decade to revisit and review the "pearl in the fish" labeled brew...
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 16:25:53 | More by dacrza1
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 3,772 ratings.