Orval Trappist Ale
An amazingly complex and wonderful Belgian Pale style.
Wonderfully Complex Belgian Pale
The pour is a clear orange/amber with flocculent frothy head and plenty of tiny bubbles wriggling from the glass. Hay-like grassiness and flowery notes rise from the glass, then transcend into an abundance of spicy smells. A hint of apples and dried cherries is also present. Incredibly complex.
The taste is slightly earthy, with peach cobbler hidden behind the mountain of apples. As the beer warms, more sugar comes out, with some caramel notes. It is smooth drinking with the right amount of carbonation and effervescence, with a slightly dry finish.
In a way, it really epitomizes the Belgian Pale style, but with a kick. It tastes like an accomplishment.
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Orval pours a hazy orange with a magnificent head that'll take some taming. Lots of sweet orange, spice, and lemon zest in the smell.
The taste is very unique. Lots of champagne qualities. Quite sour and a big bitter hop bite at the back end. There's quite a bit of lemon and pepper in here, too. Most of the flavor is coming from the hops and yeast, as I'm not getting much malt here. You won't find many beers with this much carbonation, either.
Exceptionally complex and interesting. I've never had anything quite like Orval.