Orval Trappist Ale

29 Sep

Belgian Pale Ale

Rating: A+

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Pours a thick, fluffy white head that lasts for some time.  The color is a rich, cloudy amber.  Very pleasant aroma of spice (cloves), orange, malts and yeast.  The taste is very malty upfront, but gives way to a hoppy backbone with accents of fruit.  Medium bodied with high carbonation.  Surprisingly well-balanced.  The uncommonly high ABV at 6.7% is masked well without any astringency.  The dry, bitter finish ends on the roof of the mouth.  This was the first time that I had tried this beer and I would highly recommend it.  Extremely satisfying.

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