Saturday, August 11, 2018

Orval Trappist Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 8/11/2017

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 28A Brett Beer (base style: 24B Belgian Pale Ale)

AROMA: Noticeable Brett presence with plenty of pomme fruit characteristics (white grape, green pear and apple). Subtle countryside/terroir presence. Moderate amber malt presence with slight caramel impression. Low spicy/floral hops. No alcohol. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of copper (9-13 SRM). Large off-white foam retains well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Brett dominates the palette for better or for worse. Intense drying sensation throughout, except at the apex at which point moderate biscuity/caramel malt emerges. Fruit-like yeast character is prominent, but is not juicy. In fact, attenuation is so high from Brett re-fermentation that the palette is near bone dry. Actual bitterness is tame due to the lack of unfermented sugars. Hops are slightly spicy. Not quite as complex and fruit tasting as I'd prefer, but definitely a Brett brew done pretty well. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; very high carbonation. Not refreshing, but overall drinkability is nice despite the carbonic bite. Feels a bit lighter and closer to standard strength brew than 6.9% ABV as the label purports. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Certainly a classic and unique brew in all aspects. One all beer nerds can and should appreciate. 9/10


NOTE: See my 2011 original review here:

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