Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured into a snifter
A: light amber with an off-white one finger head that lingers. thick lacing.
S: citrus abounds. Belgian yeast and malts
T: A citrus-y, orange and lemon mix. Smooth, with a hoppy backbite. Resin-y. Light malts. Floral. Refreshing. Complex, yet oh, so simple.
M: medium; creamy, frothy. Heavy carbonation. A dry finish.
O: Duvel with hops. A primo brew. A bit pricey, but worth a try. A great celebration sipper. Fill out your Belgian dance card with this old school flavor-ite.
05-06-2012 16:35:25 | More by brewskifan55
3.65/5 rDev -13.1%
A - Pours a bright golden color with copper hue and a very active apparent carbonation. The super creamy, white head has an excellent retention and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The appearance of this beer is simply from heaven!
S - Smell is very complex. Dominated by yeast (clove, pepper and spices), it's also very flowery with a nice touch of sweetness besides some hop. I also pick out some dark fruits. A delight for the noze!
T - Taste is rather acid, quite lemony, mineral. I'm a bit disappointed since it doesn't feature all the complexity of the smell.
M - Medium-light body with very active carbonation on the tongue. It's a bit over-carbonated to my taste. The finish is quite dry.
O - Featuring an old school character, an amazing appearance and a great taste, this beer is such an experience. Unfortunately, the mineral and acid flavors are not my cup of tea...
05-06-2012 00:46:30 | More by duracell
3/5 rDev -28.6%
Orval has changed. It no longer has it's trademark peppery nose, and a head too big to contain that leaves frothy tracings around the edge of the goblet all the way to the bottom.
I have known Orval since 1979, when I worked for Merchant du Vin. It is a favorite beer that I rarely drink for reasons of cost.
However I received 6 bottles as a gift recently that were dated 20-5-11. And to my surprise there was no peppery nose, instead the smell of bubblegum. I did not have to pour with great care to contain the head, in fact I could and did pour it down the center. Something I could not have done 3 years ago.
So today I had one from another batch, this one dated 18-08-11. This one did not smell of bubblegum, but neither did it have it's trademark peppery nose or irrepressible head.
Orval either has a recent quality control problem, or they have intentionally changed their brew. In either case I'm unhappy. Bring back the old Orval, please.
05-03-2012 01:55:47 | More by Bibendum
4.83/5 rDev +15%
A: The beer poured a hazy, orange that produced an amazing, dense, thick, rocky head that was retained throughout the beer.
S: The aroma was mainly yeasty and malty sweet with hints of citrus and perhaps an earthy aroma, grass or flower.
T: The taste of the beer is outstanding, exactly what I would expect for this style. A very nice Belgian yeast flavor with nice hints of the citrus hops that had a nice bit to it that finished with a nice long lasting dry finish. The beer also had a slight taste of alcohol as the beer warmed.
Overall, this is an excellent beer that was extremely easy to drink. It was smooth and crisp and a lighter body than most Belgian beers. Back to the beer store to pick up more. A must try for anyone who loves good Belgian beers.
04-27-2012 17:51:42 | More by PhillyStyle
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into ommegang chalice
A-pours a beautiful gold/orange with a fat fluffy head so large couldn't do it in one straight pour. The head looks like a creamy cloud floating on top on a beautiful golden river.
S-Nice fruity scent, seems to be a mix between malt and yeast scents. Maybe a hint of spicy hops, or some sort of spice.
turning on some Clapton to enjoy this one to. "and i say yes, you look wonderful tonight" sounds like this beer.
T-A bit citrusy, definitely a malty beer. Very spicy hop at the end. Not bitter at all though. Very citrusy malt up front bringing the citrus out towards the middle, while introducing a spice note to build into the finish.
MF-Nice medium body, a bit creamy on the aftertaste but with a dryness in the mouth.
O-I have never had a belgian pale ale before. I have had a handful of other belgians though and this is much different. Not in a bad way though. I think this is a pretty good beer overall, nothing incredible, I would prefer an amercan pale ale, but this is still a very fine beer I wouldn't mind having at anytime.
04-24-2012 07:26:12 | More by Swim424
3.25/5 rDev -22.6%
Bottled on 12-30-2009 and best before 12-30-2014.
Appearance - Poured only half the bottle and it foamed over the top.. 2 inches of soapy looking foam, dissipating very slowly. The color is copper.
Smell - Dark fruits and bitterness is most dominant. Also earthy and has a little funky/musty aroma. I think I smell some clove too.
Taste - Very bitter.. with floral hops. Citrus, tartiness, clove, and some other spices.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with high carbonation.
Overall - Not really what I was expecting. I'd like it better without the spices.
04-24-2012 04:05:39 | More by jsisko01
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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