Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Very nice, totally golden liquid with a slight orange tint. Two-finger head of dense white foam with excellent retention and amazing lacing.
Smell is spicey and yeasty. Fresh baked banana bread. Slight notes of white fruits. Honey and floral notes mingle with hints of citrus.
Not at all bold, but delicious smelling, and inviting, nonetheless.
This is a different kind of trappist ale. All of the regular expected characteristics are there. Nice spicey flavors. Hints of banana and cloves. Honey sweetened yeast notes. Nice floral/citrus notes.
Holding the whole thing together, though, is a funky sourness. Somewhat like a 'Flanders Belgian Ale'. Very interesting, and very good.
As any good belbian ale should be, this one is smooth and creamy with lots of tight, tiny little bubbles.
This is a highly drinkable brew, but I would keep it in mind as an 'alternate', not as my 'go to' for belgian ales. Extremely nice when you want something a little bit different.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2008 20:49:07 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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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