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Brasserie d’Orval

Brasserie d’Orval
Orval Trappist Ale

Category: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 6.9%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative

Brasserie d’Orval
Orval Trappist Ale

Category: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 6.9%
Rich hazy amber color with a fine blanket of bone foam. Beguiling sweet and sour aromas suggest sourdough, apple cider, leather, barnyard wood, clay, and spiced pears with a rich, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long well meshed finish of nuts, grains, dried fruits, peppery spice and minerals. A fantastic example of a brett-influenced, but not dominated, Belgian pale ale. Relish with charcuterie.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex, Malty & Hoppy
Aroma Aroma: Beguiling sweet and sour
Taste Flavor: long well meshed
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Swedish Meatballs, Lasagna, Brie
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Relish with charcuterie.
The Producer or Importer

Merchant du Vin

The Producer or  Importer
119 1st Ave SO, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
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Belgian Style Pale Ale
Beer Glass Thistle Amber.jpg
Serve in a Thistle
Belgian style pale ales are pale straw to amber in color and range from 4-6% in alcohol. These beers are medium in body and are characterized by a moderate fruitiness, medium to sweet malt flavor, and a floral, spicy hop finish. Hop flavors may range in intensity, but tend to be slightly more delicate than the hop profiles found in American or English pale ales. Hop flavors range from floral to spicy to black pepper. Beers in this category may also have varying degrees of flavors derived from Belgian yeasts. These flavors should not dominate the overall flavor profile of the beer, but instead compliment the complex hop aromas and flavors. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Orval Trappist Ale, Brewery Ommegang BPA and Russian River Redemption.
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