Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by bobhits:
2.58/5 rDev -38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
Poured in a La Trappe glass. A HUGE massive over the top head forms this is amazing and the body that comes with the head, pretty darn impressive. The body does remind one of a thick unfiltered IPA though on the golden side.
The aromas brings out sour notes, cider, apples, maybe pears?, and some lemon notes. Very dry and there isn't much sugar in this one and with that there isn't a lot of sour. It's very subtle.
Complex? Definitely. It reminds me of a cider with brett sour notes. The problem is it isn't good. Those flavors are ok but they could use more brett or more sugar from malts. There's some herbal bitterness perhaps from hops. It's subtle. There's a lingering sour/hop blended finish the lasts a while. I'm just not liking this beer.
Given it is a sour I didn't expect much body and there isn't much. The head was amazing but the carbonation in the body was below average for a beer...somewhat expected for the style.
Look, I know this one has a huge amount of lovers. Maybe this bottle is between ideal age? About 10 months old maybe another year makes it more sour or a bit fresher it is a bit more something? I don't know. Either way there's nothing really wrong. I have no idea what style you'd call this, it isn't a belgian pale ale as I've come to know them. So I'm not sure how to really judge it....a sour but not sour pale ale? Sorry I'll pass.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2013 00:58:30 | More by bobhits
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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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