Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by erz316:
4.93/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
11.2 fl oz, Duvel tulip.
A - a very frothy beverage we have here, I could not finish pouring the whole of the bottle, only about 1/8 left though, so not so bad. a dark amber color with a medium opacity, bubbles emanating from the bottom, and a big head that settles down to a more manageable size.
S - now I know I'm going to sound a bit fruity (no pun intended), but the beer actually smells like a mulled apple cider. scouts honor; and a damn good one at that! the spice is complex and right on the same level with the apple smell, and lingering in the background is the faint smell of booze.
T - the first thing I wish to comment on is the dryness of the alcohol. the quality is like that of a brut champagne, that makes you slow down, sip, and respect the drink. my cheeks pinch a bit at the bitter dryness and I love it. now, not to be unnoticed is the spiciness of the brew, like a really dulled down sailor jerry's or captain morgan, the same type of spices, I am unfamiliar, so please forgive me. the apple scent is still there in the taste, which makes it seem like a cider more than a beer to some degree, if anyone has tried S. Smith's organic cider, than they shall know of what I speak. but what keeps this from tasting like a cider is the hops bite and the zestyness of lemon that hits the tongue and reminds me that, indeed, this is one hell of a beer.
MF&D - smooth, crisp, the carbonation is great and makes me want another sip. feels like a good medium body beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2009 23:25:21 | More by erz316
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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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