The Orval Project: Six Months

Three months have past since I wrote my first blog about aging some bottles of Orval. For some reason this bottle sat in the fridge for over a week before I got round to drinking it, but drink it I did and here’s what I thought.

It poured a slightly hazy light amber brown, with a huge frothy creamy head, so no difference threre. The head just stayed at about a finger, after dropping from about double the size. The nose was massive, I could smell it as it was being poured and I certainly got some of the spicy, earthy notes that I didn’t get with the three month version.

It was much smoother than the three month version too, there wasn’t the same carbonation ripping through the mouth. The Brettanomyces yeast was much more noticeable, with definite barn yard flavours. However, those flavours only really came through towards the end of the swallow, but they did linger long into the after taste.

I was quite please to see that the carbonation had settled down, as it was a bit to much in the three month version. This was just more rounded, fruitier and with more wild character. Given the choice between the three and six month versions, I’d go with the six every time.

7 Replies to “The Orval Project: Six Months”

  1. I work in a bar in Belgium and the real connoisseurs say you should never drink Orval from the fridge…. we keep a lot of bottles from the cellar in a cupboard behind the bar and they sell very quickly. They also talk about the orval being too young when its come from the brewery and know when a bottle is a week or so old.

    @Belglish

    1. I can’t imagine drinking a young bottle warm, the carbonation would be out of control! I’ll need to try one cool, not cold and see what I think.

    1. It’s the best beer in the world! I think I’m going to have to start buying in bulk and aging, as I don’t normally pay attention to the brewed on date when I’m buying. Even waiting three months has been eye opening, It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like at two years old!

  2. Welcome to the wonderful world of six-month old Orval. The optimum age for me and I prefer it cellar-cool. I’m on the point of buying a case at Christmas and stashing it away for the summer.

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