Thursday, March 18, 2021


Saturday March 20, 2021 is #OrvalDay this year!

We are not doing a tasting this year, but grab some Orval and an Orval glass and enjoy it at home!

Orval Trappist Ale was the first Brett beer to land on US shores, and has become the favorite beer for many star American brewers. ( "Brett" - brettanomyces - is a yeast variety that adds appetizing, sharp acidity and dryness.) Orval sells one beer, brewed to exquisite perfection within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery in Belgium. It’s delicious when it leaves the brewery, but also evolves in the bottle for five years or more. Each year we make a donation to charity based on US sales of Orval on Orval Day. This year, our charitable contribution will go to regional US hunger-relief organizations Northwest Harvest and Houston Food Bank. If you drink, buy or sell an Orval Trappist Ale on Orval Day - thanks! #OrvalDay

Orval is often copied but never duplicated!  It is the standard!!!

Orval Trappist Ale....$5.49 / 11.2oz bottle
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.

Also in stock - the Orval Chalice glass...
Orval Chalice Glass...$4.99 each

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