Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Orval Trappist Ale (2017 re-review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017

DOB: 9/11/2016

2015 BJCP Category: 28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer (base style: 26A Trappist Single)

AROMA: Light clean fruity scent, especially green/white fruits and slight citrus notes. Brett character is evident; imparts minor farmhouse funk as a background note. Spicy/floral hops. Low grainy-sweet malt base. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty orange/brown. Extremely cloudy body. Billowy off-white foam with Belgian lace. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly malty up front. Notes of honey and perhaps caramel or biscuit, but not especially sweet. Palette is quite dry overall from the Brett secondary which gives is a tartness. Some green/white fruit flavors with some peppery/floral hop flavor and accompanying bitterness. Esters are present, but tame. A lot of flavors happening here, but they’re rather tame overall (could be due to the age of the bottle) 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with high carbonation. Constantly crisp with some tartness that lingers momentarily, otherwise a clean finish. Feels much lighter and more sessionable than 6.9% ABV. No alcohol warmth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting and tasty brew and one that is difficult to peg to a style. Fun to drink. I’d love to try it fresh sometime. 7/10