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Orval | Chad'z Beer Reviews #498

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Published on Jul 13, 2011

Orval Trappist Ale is one of the most requested beers to be reviewed. Why it took me nearly 500 episodes to get around to it is anyone's guess. Not that this is the first time I've had it (or even had it ON CAMERA for that matter as you'll see in the video). It's a Belgian "single" or Belgian pale ale, but it's made with that wild "Brett" yeast to give it a sour, funky edge. It's a difficult be to accurately review since no two batches are truly the same (and storage conditions means different bottles from even the same batch might be different).

P.S. Sorry about the video quality. This is the second episode in a row where my editing software has been acting extremely glitchy and won't render anything in high def. I've been rendering all the raw footage in standard definition and then taking that render and re-rendering it into high def. Obviously the picture quality is affected in the process. I'm still trying to troubleshoot the issue but hope to have it resolved in time for episode #500 coming soon!

Season 14, Episode 24

BREWERY'S DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION:
Brewed and bottle-conditioned at Orval monastery founded in the 1100s in the pastoral Belgian countryside. Three different malts, two types of hops, Belgian candi sugar, complex fermentation with multiple yeasts, dry-hopping and bottle conditioning all contibute to great character and complexity. This vintage-dated and unique beer can be cellared up to five years.
6.9% ABV
According to legend, Princess Matilda was passing through this region in about 1070 AD 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 fervantly 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.

HOW THIS BEER RATES:
Rate Beer: 99 (overall) 100 (style)
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/orval/835/

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