Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
11.2 oz. bottled Nov. 17 2011
Smells funky. A good funk. Tart fruity yeast character mixed with musky aromas. Ultra high carbonation. Amber and clear. Mountainous off white head with impressive retention. Lacing up the glass. Awesome looking beer.
At first almost abrasive with carbonation. I stirred the carbonation out and I like it much more. Lots of yeast flavors, fruity and acidic. Pleasant booze character. Brett flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is great. Has some body to it considering the sour fermentation. Really unique beer, and surprisingly refreshing considering the ABV. This is my first orval. I like it.
04-05-2012 22:22:52 | More by mlazzaro
3.5/5 rDev -16.7%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval beer chalice. Bottled on May 20, 2011. Best by the same day in 2016.
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. The dense, bright white head is two fingers and lasts for the duration. Beautiful lacing. I am having a hard time finding any reason not to give this a 5, so I will.
S - Lemon peel, pepper, clove, and a tiny bit of vinegar-like funk. Some bready malt rounds out the smell and gives it a a little bit of richness.
T - The taste is spicy and earth-like with some lemon zest and Belgian yeast. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, but it leaves a strong astringent aftertaste that I am not enjoying. It improves as I drink more, but I am very sensitive to the chemical-astringent taste that is left behind.
M - Aggressive carbonation and a light feel. Leaves my mouth dry, yet refreshed.
O - I was impressed by the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor had all of the elements I was looking for, but there was an additional astringent aftertaste I was not pleased with. I was a little bit disappointed with this beer, especially at $5.99 for an 11 oz. bottle. I may try it again at some point to see if the aftertaste is typical or not.
04-05-2012 01:17:44 | More by NoLeafClover44
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle Date: 12/02/2011
Tasting Date: 1/5/2013
Beer pours crystal clear. A light amber color. Strong 2 finger head that is rocky and sticky.
Aroma is a little funky. Sweet, phenolic, a little bit of spice and pineapple. Nice Belgian yeast aromas.
Beer is crisp, slight funk at the finish with a little bit of tartness. A little bit of hops peaks through as the beer warms, as does some more funky flavors, nothing too harsh though.
Medium body, good carbonation.
A unique beer, crisp, light on hops, some complexity.
04-03-2012 16:42:40 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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