Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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Reviews by nokes:
4.03/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is not a style I'm very familiar with. I think the only other beer I've tried in this style is the Leffe Blonde (which I like quite well).
Poured into a Leffe chalice to reveal a moderately carbonated apricot ale with a nice just-off-white head, not as rocky and pillowy as a Duvel, for example, but nice, with good retention. Looks good.
Smell is really quite interesting. I get citrus and grass with an earthy (wet dirt) background and some mild fruitiness. Not sure I like it lots, but it's not boring.
This is a pretty complex beer. Grapefruit and clove, some banana on the first sip but then really not seen again for most of the rest of the beer. What really does come out is that odd earthiness, like there wet dirt and leaves, which is interesting next to the fruity parts that come through...it just changes and shifts so many times, it's hard to keep up. Do I like it? yes. Love it? Not sure...I think it takes getting used to.
Mouthfeel seems just about right for this beer. I like the carbonation and the smooth way it seems to facilitate all the taste shifts.
Overall, this is a pretty cool beer. I don't know whether I'd seek it out or not. Maybe that's just my taste though. It's certainly a very interesting beer worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2011 21:08:51 | More by nokes
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3.76/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Light copper with a little haze. Thick, billowing foam, slightly off white head.
Aroma is yeasty with a bit of barnyard funk.
Funk is very upfront in the first few sips. Becomes more crisp as it warms and settles. By the end there are lemony citrus hints.
Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin in comparison to the strong flavor.
I really like the complexity in the taste of this beer. Taste is unique but still recognizable.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 20:24:12 | More by msquared36
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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