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:
4.81/5 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.