Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Orval Trappist Ale

Orval Trappist Ale

Ratebeer 3.92 99th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

In case you were wondering, Trappist beers are brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey or under their control. There are currently seven trappist breweries (Orval, Chimay, Westveleteren, Rochefort, Westmalle, Mariawald and Achel). A similar style brewed by de Koningshoeven (La Trappe) cannot use the Trappist logo due to regulatory issues. Rochefort 10 is perhaps the greatest beer I have ever tasted, watch for an upcoming review.

Taste +4

The aroma is like none other: sweet lemon and lime, bready malt, and earth tones. The taste must be experienced in person, very Zen-like. To describe is to say bready, citrus, lemon, peachy and a hint of medicinal herbs. It is a very dry mouthfeel and every sip reveals something new.

Aftertaste +2

After that complex onslaught; a tart, dry, spicy lemon takes hold of the tongue and does not let go.

Alcohol Content +1 6.2%

Do I hear angels singing.

Value +1

If I were stranded on a desert island...

Ingame Enhancement +1

Just loaded up Death Aboard for L4D, a very nice player generated map. Well done.
Overall 9/10

If you like your Trappists a little dry, this is the one. The other Trappists are quite think and rich in fruity flavours.
Chimay Blue
La Trappe
Rochefort 8 and the Stig

1 comment:

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