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Published : 08/8/2017 10:28:12 Categories : Beer References
Orval, a connoisseur’s beer par excellence
Orval is a degustation beer with a nice orange color and an aromatic bouquet.
The gustative sensations will gain in nuance depending on the age of the beer. Young beer is characterized by a bouquet of fresh hops, with a fruity note and pronounced bitterness, light on the palate and a less firm collar than a beer of six months. The latter will feature a bouquet consisting of a blend of fragrances of yeast and old-fashioned hop. The bitterness is more diffuse and the taste has moved to a slight touch of acidity accompanying yeast and caramel flavors.
The brewery indicates the bottling and best-by dates directly on the label. Every consumer can thus easily know the age of an Orval beer, and whether it should be consumed rapidly or less so, depending on whether one likes this beer young, or after a few months or years in the cellar.
Orval beer is made with water from the Mathilde fountain using pale malt and a small proportion of caramel malt, liquid sugar candy. The traditional English brewing method by infusion is commonly used by Orval to obtain a sweet wort in just a few hours. After filtering, this wort is transferred in the boiling vessel, where it is sterilised and flavoured with hops of German and Slovenian origin. The cooled wort passes through cylindrical/conical fermentation tanks, where pitching yeast is added.
This gives Orval beer its distinctive, slightly acidulous and so special character. A secondary fermentation in the holding tank gives the beer its incomparable taste, all the more so as fresh whole hops of Alsatian Strisselspalt are added to provide the final touch of the beer: the bouquet.
In addition to the beer, Abbaye d’Orval also offers his own cheese, using a recipe concocted in 1816 by Trappist monks from Port du Salut Abbey in France. The cheese is pressed, uncooked with a natural washed crust distinguished by its creaminess. Orval cheese is made with fresh, whole cow's milk, pasteurized and collected from the neighboring farms. These farms are situated in Gaume, the small southern corner of Belgium, where Orval is located.
Our label « Authentic Trappist Product »guarantees the monastic origin of the products as well as the fact that they measure up to the quality and traditional standards rooted in the monastic life of a real Trappist community.
At present, the only 7 monasteries in the world are authorized to use the “Trappist” label on their products
With the kind permission of:
Jean-Marie Rock – Brasserie Abbaye d’Orval