Beer of the Week

Beer of the Week – Orval

wpid-img_20150301_144638.jpgThe beer: Orval.

Where did it come from?: I got it from Figtree Cellars, the only place in Wollongong that stocks it. But they originally come from Belgium.

What’s it like?: It’s different from most other Trappist beers with some banana and clove notes, brett barnyard characters and some spiciness.

Why do you like it?: Firstly, that bottle. I love that bottle. I see Orval bottles sitting on the shelf at Figtree Cellars and I want to take all of them home. Then there’s the beer itself, which is more easygoing than most other Trappists. As monk-made beers go this one is damn near sessionable.

Okay, now you can tell the story you think is funny/interesting?: I’ve always loved that there’s a ‘‘Trappist police’’ that goes around cracking down on breweries who try and use the Trappist name even though they don’t fit the bill. And, unlike the myriad definitions of ‘‘craft beer’’ the Trappist definition is clear-cut – and obviously enforced.

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