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Orval Trappist Ale

In the last weeks I was lazy about reviewing beers. Still the stash is high in Belgium beers, but somehow the workload didn’t give me the chance to really review one. We brought up a review program where professional reviewers can apply for an account. More details will follow.

When the clock switched back from 3 to 2 o'clock I opened the 0.33l bottle Orval which I brought with me from my trip to Belgium. Once in the glass we have a fast vanishing foam on top of the brownish liquid. First smell didn't detect any off flavors. It's malt and caramel mainly. When it comes to taste we got a strong bitterness with warming alcohol, little metallic and little sweat. The carbonation wasn't that strong. I wished a little more. The bitterness stays for a while; together with a dryness.

All in all this beer is a standard one. Well produced with some small notes.

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The beer was poured from a bottle
Purity of Taste:
/ 10 | 1 = many off flavours ; 10 = sheer
Purity of Smell:
/ 10 | 1 = many off-flavours ; 10 = sheer
Intensity of Bitterness:
/ 5 | 1 = no bitterness ; 5 = bitter
Quality of Bitterness:
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 10 | 1 = no quality ; 10 = high quality
/ 5 | 1 = water ; 5 = masty
/ 5 | 1 = flat ; 5 = too tangy

Lautered: 6.00 out of 10
About the reviewer:
Dominik Jais's picture Dipl.-Braumeister (VLB Berlin) Dominik Jais is beer enthusiast writing beer reviews since 2001.
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Tasted beer:

Alc: 6.90% Vol.
Type: Ale
Brewed by: Brasserie d Orval
Brewed in: Belgium


andy mogg's picture

Orval is my favourite beer of

Orval is my favourite beer of all time, I never tire of drinking it. It changes massively with age too, i've been experimenting by aging some over the past couple of years and have to say that it really does improve.

Andy mogg's picture

Yeah, im hoping he will share

Yeah, im hoping he will share his aged IPA with me!! i've got some various worthington beers that i'm doing similar with, could be interesting, don't hold up much hope for some of them.