Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by davey101:
4.83/5 rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 20/02/2008, best before 20/02/3013B. Four and a half years old. Little 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.
A - Dark clear amber body. Massive fluffy head with a rather ugly light tan color. Massive bubbles that took a nice swirling to clean up. Tons of lacing and retention.
S - Perfect. This is the definitive Brettanomyces aroma. A barnyard funk that is pleasant but approaching offensive, light grass and lemons, just a touch of biscuity crackers and ripe apples on the finish. Some warming alcohol as well.
T - Funky hay, rich cheese, lemon grass, pears, crackers, chalk, sweet caramel and a subtle minty herbal finish. This beer is just so complex. I'm just getting so many odd and unique flavors that I'm struggling to pinpoint them all. Yet it comes off as well balanced and simple. Its just...Orval. I've never had a beer taste like this. Mouth feel is effervescent and well carbonated.
O - Theres nothing quite like this beer. Matilda and Rayon Vert may be homages to this beer, but they just can't compete with the insane complexity and high drinkability of this. Age has also turned this into a brett bomb. World class for sure.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 02:48:50 | More by davey101
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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.
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