Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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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
4.03/5 rDev -4%
Bottled on 21 dec 2011, best before 21 dec 2016.
Poured into a chalice, a hazy almost copper colour with a good off white head. Great retention and plenty of lacing.
Smell: Flowery, grapes, a little tart and some citrus.
Taste & mouthfeel: Prickling carbonation and some citrus flavours followed by hoppy bitterness, yeast, grassy notes and ends spicy, a little tart and very dry. The beer gets smoother near the end as well.
Overall: It's a very well balanced and good beer. It's not spectacular it's just very good.
I may try aging one or more of my 4 pack to see how it changes.
04-16-2012 18:11:14 | More by Aethien
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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