Orval Trappist Ale
Orval sells one beer, brewed to unique perfection.
The History of Orval
The Abbey of Orval is located near Florenville, Belgium in the provence of Luxembourg. The present brewery was completed in 1929, at which time the skittle (pin)-shaped bottle and Orval chalice were introduced. (Brewery, bottle, and chalice were all designed by architect Henry Vaes.) In the middle ages, Orval was famous for producing its iron decoration as well as beer. The abbey was gutted by fire in 1252 & repaired, then was destroyed during the French Revolution.
Sunset-orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish. Orval is bottled with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain that leads to superb dry complexity and ageworthiness.
Mild semisoft cheese, warm brown bread, fresh pears, steamed mussels, clams in Pernod cream sauce, oysters, smoked salmon and trout, and calamari. Traditionally served in Orval chalices to capture the big bouquet and lovely “Belgian Lace.” Excellent with a handmade cigar. Traditionally served in Orval chalices at 55-60 °F.
“Number Six Beer of 2015,” 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2015
“Orval’s masterful complexity and drinkability have cemented it as a classic.” All About Beer magazine, June 2015.
One of the Top 100 Beers in the World, Men’s Journal (November 2014)
Ratebeer.com: 99 points (October 2016)
Gold Medal, 97 points and Top-Rated “Belgian Pale Ale,” – World Beer Championships 2014
“1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die,” selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010
98 Points, top beer tasted – DRAFT Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009
Featured on official Belgian postage stamps – Nov. 2006 and 1928
Best Bottled Beer -Peterborough Beer Festival 1997, 1996
“. . . absolutely nothing like it.” – Garrett Oliver.
“World classic.” – Michael Jackson.
Product Sizes and Quantities
11.2-ounce (330 ml) bottles / 12 per case
ABV: 6.9% – OG: 1.055 – IBU: 32
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, candi sugar, hops, yeast.
Orval Trappist Brewery
Brewed and bottle-conditioned at Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery – one of only twelve Trappist monasteries in the world that brew beer.
Orval Trappist Ale is brewed and bottle-conditioned at the brewery inside Notre Dame d’Orval monastery, founded around 1070 AD in the pastoral Belgian countryside. After a turbulent history including being pillaged and burned more than once, the current abbey and brewey was rebuilt, on the same grounds, in the 1920s and 30s.
Three different malts, two types of hops, Belgian candi sugar, complex fermentation with multiple yeasts, dry-hopping and bottle conditioning all contribute to the great character and complexity of Orval. This vintage-dated and unique beer can be cellared up to five years.
According to legend, Princess Matilda was passing through this region in about 1070 with her retinue. She stopped at a clear spring and trailed her hand in the water – and her wedding ring, a gift of her recently-deceased husband, slipped off her finger and sank. Distraught, she knelt and prayed fervently for its return . . . and a trout swam to the surface with the ring in its mouth, returning it to her. She is said to have claimed “Truly, this is a golden valley!” (French: Or = gold; val = valley) She gave the land to the church, and the trout with the gold ring can be seen to this day in the Orval logo.
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