Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.03/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on date of 10/2/11.
Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber color, 2 finger off white head settles to a full cap after a couple minutes, lacing is pretty standard for a Belgian, copious and lasting. Not what I was expecting for a "Belgian pale ale" but still a good looking beer.
S: Odd, yet good. Sweet bread, some light yeasty phenols, and pepper. Not what I expected from the words others have wrote for this beer.
T: Even less like what I expected. Very, very slight tart note is taken over almost immediately by a sweet malt backbone along with a slight fruitiness. Pepper is again a strong component, as is a bit of powdery yeast. Funk is very restrained, almost to the point of me questioning if this beer has Brett in it, until the dry finish reminds me that it is indeed in here. Some alcohol is noticeable in flashes here and there, but it's not something that detracts from the beer any.
M: Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly coating on the palate. Decent.
O: Good. Not exactly what I was expecting from the talk that I've seen and heard about it. Not nearly the Brett bomb that it's been described as. Good beer, a classic, but not sure that I'd drink another one fresh, I may buy another and sit it in the fridge for a couple years and see how it progresses.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 00:43:15 | More by Keffa
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