Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by TBoneJones:
4.93/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Drawn to this bottle for some reason. Bready boozy smell at outset. Cider-like color with thick lacing. The best part of this brew for me is the complexity. At first taste I do sense the yeast, the astringency is there as others will agree here. I may seem off a bit in this but vinegar comes to mind as a mouth sensation, if you can somehow picture that in a good way. I guess there is an odd abrasiveness that somehow "works". Yes it is quite dry, however I can't help, and can hardly believe, that I also detect fruit or fig in the taste. As I mentioned, this is all about complexity. The mouthfeel for me is most abrasive up front, but it is up front where i also smell the fruit-like bouquet as I am tasting it. For some reason and I can't pinpoint exactly how, but this is very drinkable for a beer with such a distinct character. Spices are picked up too. Unusual. I guess the reason i think Orval is so good despite some unusual characteristics is due to the expertise in the brewery of using their "brettanomyces" yeasts the way they do. Apparently in most beers these yeasts are considered contaminants. With that it's no wonder I also favor saisons. All good here.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2012 20:19:13 | More by TBoneJones
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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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