Orval and Aged Orval
Country: BE | Style: Belgian Pale | Size: 330ml | %ABV: 6.2
Orval beer is a high fermentation beer. The ageing process adds a fruity note, which strikes a subtle balance between the beer’s full-bodied yet complex flavour and bitterness. The beer was first brewed in 1931 and owes its unparalleled taste to the quality of the water, the hops and the yeast used. The brewery has selected very aromatic and unique hop varieties, which hark back to the first brewmaster of Orval, who hailed from Bavaria. The beer’s aromas are very pronounced while maintaining the right level of bitterness thanks to the English method of dry hopping. The various stages of fermentation – combined fermentation with the original yeast and with wild yeast, followed by fermentation in the bottle – mean the beer must age for some time and requires numerous quality controls.
Here at Beer Shop we've taken the ageing process a step further and held back bottles from selected batches, then aged them in our temperature controlled cellars. Aged Orval develops with different characteristics over time as the fresh floral hop aromas and bitterness give way to complex fruity notes from the yeast. These changes are attributed to Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain added during the later stages of fermentation before bottling. Overtime Brett will eat its way through sugars in the beer, slowly reducing sweetness of the malts and adding a touch of acidity.