Brasserie d’Orval Orval Trappist Ale
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Crystal Luxmore
- Published on: September 14, 2017
- Last modified: September 14, 2017
Orval is the only beer brewed by Trappist Monks at Orval Abbey in Gaume, Southern Belgium. A darling of brewers and beer lovers the world over, it was one of the first beers with brettanomyces, a yeast strain that adds pleasing acidity and dryness, to hit North American shores. Pouring a deep orange, with floral, spicy and sweet grain aromas and lots of bitter hop character, ending in long dry finish. Stock up on a couple bottles for the cellar; with age the brett yeast will produce a drier, funkier, fruitier beer. Swap wine for Orval during the appetizer round at your next dinner party; the beer’s Champagne-esque effervescence and dry finish pair well with aged cheeses and cured meats.