Name - Orval
Style - Trappist
Brewery - Orval
Country - Belgium
ABV - 6.9%
Size - 330 ml
The distinctive fruity and bitter taste of Orval beer means it has become a genuine reference in the exclusive world of authentic Trappist beers.
Orval beer is a high fermentation beer. The ageing process adds a fruity note, which strikes a subtle balance between the beer’s full-bodied yet complex flavour and bitterness.
The beer was first brewed in 1931 and owes its unparalleled taste to the quality of the water, the hops and the yeast used. The brewery has selected very aromatic and unique hop varieties, which hark back to the first brewmaster of Orval, who hailed from Bavaria. The beer’s aromas are very pronounced while maintaining the right level of bitterness thanks to the English method of dry hopping.
The various stages of fermentation – combined fermentation with the original yeast and with wild yeast, followed by fermentation in the bottle – mean the beer must age for some time and requires numerous quality controls.
A near ruby pour with a famously large head on pouring, high carbonation
That, together with its sweetly-sour hints of citrus,
A slightly malty palate that also offers fruitiness covered by a prominent veil of earthy, herbal, peppery bitterness. Full in the mouth, and creamy, with a playful fizz of CO2. Dry aftertaste.
Orval makes a great pairing with walnuts or a walnut cheese, with quail larded with Ardennes or Iberico ham, or with breadsticks wrapped in either one of these hams.
Those of a sweet disposition will appreciate the Orval 'sabayon', with its citrus zest garnished with caramelised pineapple.
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