Orval Take The Chalice Night!

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Orval Trappist Ale
According to legend, Princess Matilda was passing through this region in about 1070 with her retinue. She stopped at a clear spring and trailed her hand in the water - and her wedding ring, a gift of her recently-deceased husband, slipped off her finger and sank. Distraught, she knelt and prayed fervently for its return . . . and a trout swam to the surface with the ring in its mouth, returning it to her. She is said to have claimed "Truly, this is a golden valley!" (French: Or = gold; val = valley) She gave the land to the church, and the trout with the gold ring can be seen to this day in the Orval logo.
The History of Orval
The Abbey of Orval is located near Florenville, Belgium in the provence of Luxembourg. The present brewery was completed in 1929, at which time the skittle (pin)-shaped bottle and Orval chalice were introduced. (Brewery, bottle, and chalice were all designed by architect Henry Vaes.) In the middle ages, Orval was famous for producing its iron decoration as well as beer. The abbey was gutted by fire in 1252 & repaired, then was destroyed during the French Revolution.

Taste
Sunset-orange color; a fruity and slightly acidic bouquet, firm body, profound hop bitterness, and long, dry finish. Orval is bottled with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain that leads to superb dry complexity and ageworthiness.

Serving Suggestion
Mild semisoft cheese, warm brown bread, fresh pears, steamed mussels, clams in Pernod cream sauce, oysters, smoked salmon and trout, and calamari. Traditionally served in Orval chalices to capture the big bouquet and lovely "Belgian Lace." Excellent with a handmade cigar. Traditionally served in Orval chalices at 55-60 °F.

Accolades
"Orval's masterful complexity and drinkability have cemented it as a classic." All About Beer magazine, June 2015.

One of the Top 100 Beers in the World,Men's Journal (November 2014)

Ratebeer.com: 99 points (February 2015)

Gold Medal, 97 points and Top-Rated "Belgian Pale Ale," - World Beer Championships 2014

"1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die," selection, A. Tierney-Jones, 2010

98 Points, top beer tasted - DRAFT Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009

Featured on official Belgian postage stamps - Nov. 2006 and 1928

Best Bottled Beer -Peterborough Beer Festival 1997, 1996

". . . absolutely nothing like it." - Garrett Oliver.

"World classic." - Michael Jackson.

Stats
ABV: 6.9% - OG: 1.055 - IBU: 32
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, candi sugar, hops, yeast!
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