A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed Orval Trappist Ale for the first time, with brunch at Shango.
Damn, what a head on this Belgian Pale Ale! My care in pouring the brew into the tulip was no match for this incredibly tall, billowy head. The beer itself poured a deep tangerine color and beautifully reflected sunlight.
Pineapple. Overwhelmingly pineapple. Even my brunch mate was floored at the aroma on this. There’s also a nice touch of spice here. Definitely looking forward to the sip.
Sweetly touched with honey, the fruity pineapple flavor remains the star for me, along with the spice that was hinted at in the nose. Finishes tart and dry, just as a Trappist Ale should. Really quite exemplary.
Smooth and medium bodied with a champagne-like carbonation.
As I mentioned before, Orval is an exemplary brew of the style. I highly recommend it.
[techtags:ORVAL, TRAPPPIST ALE, BELGIAN PALE ALE, BEER REVIEW]