Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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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
3.65/5 rDev -13.1%
Poured from bottle into Belgian goblet.
Appearance: Beautiful golden amber, great flow, 1/4" head with no lacing.
Smell: Light malt sweetness, strong pear smell with weak citrus notes. Maybe a little white grape as well.
Mouthfeel: Quite frothy and very light. I was expecting a thicker viscosity.
Taste: Pretty good, not the best Trappist as of yet. Yeasty flavor, citrus, pear, grape, and light alcohol.
Overall: Decent light Belgium. The carbonation takes away from the taste and feel.
03-29-2012 17:56:28 | More by julian89
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 4,271 ratings.