Orval Trappist Ale
Orval Trappist Ale is a Belgian Pale Ale. This was bottled on 5/20/2011, opened on 5/20/2013, Best by date is 5/20/2016. Aged exactly 2 years. I have never had this before and I honestly did not intend to age it this long, but that little bowling pin like bottle just got lost in the cellar behind a few 750’s. I should really try a fresher bottle one of these days as well. From 1 of the 7 true Trappist breweries, this is a rather impressive and complex ale. Flavors of grass and hay, slight citrus, Belgian yeast, some nutty toffee (possibly from the aging), a touch of honey and barnyard funk. Not something I would pick at the store very often, but this is the kind of beer you can’t help but have huge respect for.