Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by alleykatking:
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Had one the other day and cracked open another one today.
A- Poured a golden copper color with the orange hues not being to over the top. Three finger off white head shows amazing retention. Stick web lacing left on the sides of the glass.
S- Funky brett comes out right off the bat. Darker fruits come through next with some lighter bready malts in the mix. The yeast comes in with a light peppery spicey aroma to it. Hops really never come through more than in the ending of the aroma which showed some earthy dirty quality to it.
T- Darker fruits come through in the front of the beer with a little bit of orange in there as well. Brett funk come into play mid beer along with strong bready pale malts. Toward the ending there seems to be a clinging feel of the flavors which show off belgian yeast flavor along with light clove and peppery notes. Very light hints of earthy dirty hops come through again and all this ends with a funky alcohol flavor to it.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Darker fruits light funk and pale malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, funk, and yeasty pepper notes. Flavors were very well put together as nothing was stop and go about the flavors overall. No off flavors were present but if there was I wouldn't know with the brett this brewed with. High alcohol drying left on the palate after each sip.
O- This was a good beer. Nothing over the top and I respect it for that. A nice trappist beer with a little something different than others. ABV didn't seem to distract me from drinking an entire almost 12oz's of this.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2011 00:20:05 | More by alleykatking
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4.74/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass, first impression on pour was the small diameter bubbles and rich two finger head that lasted forever, lacing all around, darker hazy orange brown color
Aroma of musty yeast is the big nose impression, a little fruitiness, Pleasant,but mostly a yeast aroma, very distinctive and unlike any other aroma. Different from any of the other Trappist Ales, even to my less than perfect nose (I often don't smell the same things that appear in many reviews)
Taste of muscadines, sweet at first, develops over time into something even more pleasant. Reminded me of sweeter local vineyard wines than any other beer before.
One of the best mouth feels I have tried. Dry, and smooth, with a very rich full body. Nothing harsh, and only the afterglow lets you know there is more than the usual alcohol here. American Extreme brewers could take a lesson here. Doesn't smack you around.
Overall: I purchased this Trappist Ale expecting to be impressed and I was. I would love to try this one a little closure to its origin. Two of these and I could see myself considering the monastic life….
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 00:37:08 | More by JLSIV
4.29/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
With big American hoppy beers dominating tap lines in bars and taking over liquor store shelf space, I have been going in the opposite direction lately for some reason. I have found myself getting enjoyment from visiting some of the classics. Tonight's classic beer: Orval.
Right out of the bottle, this looks like a winner. Slightly hazy, orange color with a large, frothy white head. The head on the beer lasts forever and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
Strong floral aroma mixed with orange, pear, and lemon. Biscuit malt, hay, musty yeast. The flavor seems to change with almost every sip. Medium-bodied and a chalky - almost metallic - finish. Overwhelmingly dry.
For reasons unknown, I chose to drink this beer on my 31st birthday and couldn't be happier. A total classic in every sense of the word.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:37:40 | More by Jacobob10
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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