Orval – bottled 03-11-2010

Wow! Very little grapefruit notes in this one. It’s far less fruity and way more spicy than newer bottlings. This might be the result of bottle aging, but it could also be the fact that they have a new master brewer. It’s different, that’s for sure.

Big notes of cloves and allspice, and salty meaty notes. The palate is very balanced, with an almost meaty feel to it. It somehow strongly reminds me of ‘Groninger droge worst’. The finish is very nice and meaty, and a bit drying.

Insanely complex and very rich in flavour. I prefer these older bottlings of Orval over the new ones because of their very outspoken meaty spicyness. This also makes it less accessible.

Rating: 80-100 out of 10

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