Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
Holiday Wine Cellar
(Aged for 2+ years)
Dark orange and amber in color with a huge, incredibly persistent off-white head that eventually leaves messy lines and rings and webs of lacing down the glass. Superb.
Incredibly fresh, pungent, hoppy, and funky aroma, even after 2+ years of aging in my cellar. There's lots of citrus, white fruits like apples and pears, mild funk, earth, hay, and grass. This is what I look for in a Belgian pale.
The flavor is more bitter and funk-forward than I would have imagined after experiencing the aroma. There's still good amounts of white fruit, earthiness, and grass flavors, but the bitterness and funk are dominant. Mind you, I'm not complaining.
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
I wouldn't say "No" to another, that's for sure. This is delightful.
05-29-2012 02:22:24 | More by ehammond1
3.8/5 rDev -9.5%
First review... here goes!
bottle, served in a tulip, bottled 06/10/11.
A - Dark pale, coppery, rusty. Quite cloudy. Not what I was expecting, but... intriguing. Monster, slightly off-white head with some big, big bubbles forming.Leaves a nice lacing. Pleasing stringers of tiny bubbles abound.
S - Suprisingly unfragrant, but what there is is nice. Orange citrus, spicy/peppery, subtle notes of Brett on the the first sniff - "wet hay" - but not much after. Hadn't realised this was going to be a bit sour - nice surprise!
T - Whoa! Again, another surprise. Was expecting malt from the colour, but dominant impression is "structural" - bitter, hoppy, very, very dry, slightly yeasty, slightly sour. Very little fruit. Mineral, flinty character, almost like a chablis. Front edge is all bitterness, with the mouthfeel (if not flavour) of banana-y esters, easing out into very light citrus zest, then a long tail of... all sorts. Definite notes of bitter leafy greens - rocket, dandelion. Bitter hops. Woody deliciousness, with a hint of oak. Peppery. Gets gradually sweeter. For a fairly strong beer though, surprisingly thin/watery. Flavours are great, but quite subtle. First thought was "What the...?", but a few mouthfuls later, was fantastic.
M - Nice. Very light, high carb. Almost champagne-like. Perhaps a little watery.
O - Very unusual; very nice. Not one for the regular circulation, but definitely a must try.
05-25-2012 23:13:11 | More by SiccarPoint
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
bottle, served in a chimay goblet, bottled on June 8, 2010.
A - Darker side of pale with 1.5" robust, frothy head
S - Bitter hops, mixed with the slightly sour scent of brett. Very appetizing.
T - A very pleasant bitter mixed with a slight yeast comes in just before the carbonation. The carbonation and taste are tasted at the same time, even though the carbonation level is high. Quite delightful. Barnyard funk comes in afterward with dandelion. Unusual, but delicious.
M - Good amount of carbonation, exemplary representation of the style.
Wow. What a delight. One of my favorite pale ales for sure. Got another couple in the cupboard. Ill let them age a bit, see how they mature.
05-20-2012 03:46:19 | More by Beelzebeer
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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