Orval Trappist Ale – Brasserie d’Orval S.A.

A: Amber orange in color with a good amount of head that lingers forever.

S: The nose is yeasty and very funky, prominent horse blanket smell as well.

T: Slight tartness, yeast and that subtle barnyard/wet hay funk. Perfectly balanced malty/hoppy/sweetness.

M: Light body, high carbonation finished very dry.

D: One of the best beers all the way around. Very good and pairs well with a lot of things.

Curvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Curvee Des Jacobins Rouge, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The red ale is a dark cherry red color, opaque due to the hue, with a small white band of head.

S: The nose is sour cherry, full and sweet, with just a touch of funkiness. The sour aromas are definitely there

T: Sour cherry and vanilla drive the flavor. The flemish red aspects impart the cherry notes, smoothing out acetic vinegar flavors with the sour fruit.

M: The fruit, funk and wood all take their turns, moving from sweet to sour and back again with ease.

D: Weighing in below 6%, with a solid flavor and not too much acetic tartness, what’s there not to like.

Nice beer.

Bourgogne Des Flandres

Bourgogne Des Flandres, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a dark amber-red color with an off-white/khaki head.

S: Not a very good nose. Very sweet. Lots of prune juice, grape juice, ripe cherries, and raisins. I don’t really even get any tartness or any funk.

T: The flavor is very sweet. Prunes, raisins, grape juice, cherries, and a healthy dose of sugar for good measure.

M: Mediumin body with a medium carbonation. It’s pretty much like syrup.

O: This was like a bad Duchesse de Bourgogne without the sour note. Would pass on this in the future.

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin

Trappist Achel 8° Bruin, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a rich amber color with about one finger of head.

S: The nose is quite complex with yeast, caramel, dark dried fuits, and floral notes as well. A very complex nose.

T: Sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark dried fruits. There is some mild spice (clove is what I mostly notice), and a little yeast as well.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Great mouthfeel and some nice fruit and yeast character to this beer

Serving type: bottle

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel

Westmalle Trappist Dubbel, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a big tan colored head.

S: The nose is good, but not over the top. Some dark fruits in the form of raisins, plums, and figs with plenty of sweet malt notes: molasses, caramel, and toffee.

T: A lot more intensity in the flavor. A great malt character that’s bready with balanced sweetness that provides some molasses, toffee, caramel. The fruits are over-ripe and sweet, mostly cherries, plums, and figs.

M: Medium in body with very ample to high carbonation.

D: Really a delicious and easy to drink beer. One of the better dubbels I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

Adelberts Dancin Monks

Adelberts Dancin Monks, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours a hazelnut brown color. Two finger white head forms and drops to a ring that sticks around. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.

S: Toasted malts, toffee sweetness, some plums as well. Simple, but enjoyable.

T: Toasted malts with a nice sweetness. Toffee, figs, plums.

M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, very enjoyable if a bit simple. Very much worth a try if not familiar with the ATX brewery.