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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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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