Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottled 10/02/2011 and poured into chalice.
Pours a 1.5 finger white with a yellowish tint head. Lots and lots of bubbles work their way through the glass. Can’t see through the hazy orange/amber color of the body.
Earth, grass, and citrus in the nose. It is fairly aromatic as you can smell it as you pour.
Slightest hop bitterness with a citrus and grass flavor for the most part. More bready at the back end. There is a medicinal quality which I have never really noticed before this bottle. Lots of carbonation and dry.
This beer is flat out amazing. I love it. I’m biased. Whatever.
03-22-2012 04:51:34 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. Bottle of this @ The Royale in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured from the oddly shaped bottle w/ a small Purple/Gold label into a 12oz Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 10/02/2011 & BEST BEFORE 10/02/2016 on the front label.
Aroma- A nicely planned aroma including fruity, bready, and funk attributes throughout. Sweet to the nose as well.
03-18-2012 02:52:19 | More by DCon
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from a small bottle dated 5/20/2011 into a Chimay chalice. The beer has a beautiful clear copper-orange color with a large frothy head and nice effervescence. The nose is somewhat subdued, yeasty, and slightly fruity. I'm getting pears, apples, and some flowery hop notes. I don't get any Brett notes on the nose.
The taste is quite dry and appetizing and the mouthfeel is firm and lively from the carbonation, especially at the back of the mouth. There is a mild biscuity malt flavor in the front of the palate. This is followed by a nice soft champagne-like dryness at mid-palate. There is a very faint, almost lemony, Brett sourness in the back of the mouth. The finish is mild and a bit disappointing. For me, those sour notes just don't linger very well.
This beer has an interesting combination of appetizing dryness and slight, acidic sourness. The sourness is not biting, but rather just a bit of a pinch to add to the finish and let you know it's there. This is far from my favorite beer, but it is a world classic and something for beer lovers to revisit from time to time.
03-13-2012 10:05:01 | More by deadonhisfeet
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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