Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
4.54/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: A cloudy gold with a slight amber tinge. A huge foamy eggshell white head sits atop and carbonation bubbles streak up the sides of the glass to the surface.
Smell: Crisp, unbelievably crisp. Wonderful blends of tart white fleshed fruits give this beer a spectacular blend of character and spice. Very champagne inspired aroma that is balanced out with a warm maltiness and bready yeast presence>
Taste: A huge hit of finely bubbled carbonation opens of the palate for a storm of complexity. White grapes and crisp tart apple flavors fill the mouth, creating a world of champagne effervescence. The sweetness is balanced out with some spice, light bitterness and a nice yeast breadiness, and brett funk. The brett funk varies in its prominence based on how old the bottle is. The fresh stuff will have a lot more hop flavor, the older stuff will have more barnyard/wet hay aroma and flavors. I personally prefer it under a year, around the 6 month mark I find superb balance.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation works wonders in this beer, not staying out of the way of the flavor but opening up your palate for the flavor to storm and be cherished. Breadiness gives the beer a full body and light bitterness gives it a nice fresh exit.
Overall, a great Belgian Ale, there are few I have enjoyed more. It is my favorite of the Trappist Ales I have had, certainly the most unique. Perfect balance meets brettanomyces!
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2011 19:52:09 | More by Siriusfisherman
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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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