Orval Trappist Ale
Name: Trappist Ale
Brewery Location: Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium
Serving Size: 11.2oz
Description: Belgian Pale Ale -
IBU: 15 -
Brewed and bottle-conditioned at Notre Dame d'Orval monastery, founded around 1070 AD 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. 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 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. The beer itself is sunset-orange in color that forms a steady white head. A bouquet of acidic fruit will dominate the nose, leading a firm flavor of sharp European hop bitterness and timid wild yeast funk.