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This deep red-orange Trappist ale brings fruitiness with slight acidity in the bouquet. A firm body follows with deep bitterness which fades with age, which leads to by a long dry finish. Orval is bottled with a yeast strain called Brettanomyces which gives the qualities of exquisite dry complexity and ageworthiness.
The gold standard for authentic Trappist ale. 6.9% ABV.
Orval Trappist ale is the sole commercial output of the brewery. Brewed since the 1930s, it breaks down conventional beer genre expectations. Its reputation is of a superbly aging beer and with time the bitterness of youth fades and qualities of bright floral notes develop. Properly aged bottles of Orval open fetch several times the price of its original sale. This ale is a sediment-heavy beer and it is strongly recommended that when tasting for the first time a careful and clean pour into a wide open chalice should be first tasted before adding the yeast into the glass at the end of the drink for a completely different drinking experience. Should be served between 10°-15°C.
Should be served with mild semi-soft cheeses, warm fresh brown breads, oysters or calamari. Particularly great with smoked salmon or trout. Must be drunk from a chalice. Perfect for drinking with a cigar.
Originally settled by monks in 1070, the monastic heritage of Orval runs back to before the foundation of the Cistercian order itself. The current abbey, set among ancient monastic ruins, makes a single Trappist beer using water from a legendary spring renowned for a great miracle in the Middle Ages. Throughout the centuries, Orval Abbey sustained itself through farming, forestry an iron-working across its lands. Its history has also seen many devastating fires and war time catastrophes, which has seen its buildings rebuilt on a number of occasions. In recent times, the monks turned to commercial brewing in order to support themselves after the loss of their other income sources due to war and political upheaval, with the first beer hitting the market in 1931. Since then, Orval has become renowned as one of the best of the Trappist beers, unique as a result of the aromatic German and Slovenian hops that are added to this otherwise Belgian style recipe.
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