Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by SmashPants:
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle: interesting 330mL bottle with a simple (and a bit dodgy) label.
Appearance: poured into an open-mouth glass to suit the style. Pours an orange-copper colour with plenty of fluffy head that drops to a rocky cap. Glad I used the open-mouth considering the amount of head. Impressive all told.
Aroma: powerful Belgian yeasts lead the way, funnily enough. Some citric hops behind, with a touch of perhaps floral or grass also.
Taste: a touch of sweet biscuit malts and alcohol, still overpowered by the Belgian yeasts however.
Aftertaste: follows through nicely - it is definitely a good Belgian sipping ale.
Mouth feel: light to medium in body with a bubbling carbonation that carries the flavour across.
Overall: after all the massive hype surrounding this beer, I actually thought it fell short a bit. It is certainly fairly unique and quite decent, but I still reckon I could get a better beer - and far better bang for my buck - by going to something like a St Feuillien Tripel.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2013 08:07:08 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
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.