Orval Trappist Ale

It’s been a long day. I had my two classes today (Wednesday is usually my day off from school), which went pretty well and then work and then the gym. I’m just tired. Tomorrow, I have classes again, but I’m off from work, so I can catch up on school work, maybe write another examiner.com article (I’m thinking of doing one about gluten free beers) and do some homework. So, the brew of the night is the last beer from the Craft Beer Outlet in Philly. I’m trying to get through all of the beers in the crisper before buying more, but this never works. Here’s to hoping!

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the website, “The origins of this very distinctive beer can probably be attributed jointly to Mr. Pappenheimer and to the Belgians, Honoré Van Zande and John Vanhuele who were working in the brewery at the same period. They were daring: the combination of production methods which they thought up is nowhere else to be found. Several of these methods, such as the infusion brewing and the ‘dry-hopping’ are English: probably we owe them to John Vanhuele, who brought them from England, where he had lived for many years. This results in a beer whose characteristic aroma and taste owe more to the hops and to the yeasts than to the malts. In the same way as the secret of brewing, the specific beer-glass, the bottle and the label, which we still know today, are witnesses to the origins in the early ’30’s.”

Random: It’s a very plain looking label, but the bottle shape is really cool looking.

Holy head Batman! The bottle started exploding as I pulled the cap off, and pouring this was a pain. The head was three fingers, off white and was majorly fluffy. It took awhile to dissipate and left crazy lacing on the glass. The nose has some sour fruit on it, mostly lemons and apricots. I also got a hint of spice and a lot of floral scents. This is a complex nose. The body is a cloudy orange color, with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The taste itself has a lot going on. There isn’t a lot of carbonation, but instead there is a hint of spice, some fruitiness with hints of apricots and apples and a breadiness that is characteristic of Belgians. I’ve read that people get Brett yeast in the taste, and I don’t get that at all. Brett, to me, usually tastes like wet dog, and this doesn’t. It’s rather enjoyable. This is lighter than any Belgian I’ve ever had, which makes it an easier drinker. This isn’t what I was expecting from this beer at all. It’s actually a pleasant surprise. This beer is flavorful and refreshing, a great combination.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0