|Orval, Trappist Beer (Belgium) |
An authentic monastary-brewed Trappist beer, Orval pours a cloudy, brassy/orange colour with a huge white head that leaves a thick lacing on the side of the glass. It has a nicely sour, bready nose - a bit like sourdough bread in fact - with some nettly qualities and a distincy note of clove. It is a much more grassy, hoppy beer than most other Trappist ales I've tried. On the palate it is quite fizzy and sour, with a lambic-like quality, lemony fruit and a whole array of spice flavours of nutmeg, clove and anise. There's something slightly tinny too. I like other Trappist beers more, but concede this is wonderful stuff that is complex and unusual. 6.2% ABV, 33cl, ?1.79, Luvians, Peckhams.