Old Orval

Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by DavidSPumpkins, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. DavidSPumpkins

    DavidSPumpkins

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    Aged Orval is becoming more of a thing at bars around Boston. I've noticed a few places offering it on their menus. Given how supply chains work, much of the Orval we get here is already kind of old. Has anyone tried "really" old Orval? How old is "really" old?
     
  2. jdhende

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    Really Old Orval is awesome. One of the best beers to age that is readily available in most markets. I feel like the Brett really mellows out after a few years and the beer becomes incredible. Oldest I've had is maybe 2005. Really depends on your personal preference, but for me Orval with a few years + on it is heavenly.
     
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  3. Lutter

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    I bet I could find 5-year-old dusty Orval bottles on the shelf in Austin.

    That stuff sits forever.
     
  4. Stubs

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    TNGabe should have some good info.


    Ive had it up to five years old and I've loved every bottle along the way.
     
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  5. jdhende

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    If Serious let me know. Would love to trade for some vintage bottles I love the older stuff as I said before. Only fresh in Chicago for the most part.
     
  6. Snarf

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    That'll be the day.

    I haven't had any really old Orval. I love 5-10 year old bottles that have been stored well, when all the funk is gone and the oxidative brett character starts to really develop. Like most beers, I'm guessing the 10+ year old bottles get pretty hit-or-miss. I doubt the current version is going to age as well as any of the past several have.
     
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  7. GetchaPull

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    Nothing really old, but recently had two 2005 bottles. As stated, the brett mellows out allowing the subtle complexities shine through. While not a sipper, one can really take your time with an old bottle and enjoy the simplicity, yet intricacy, of this beer. For these reasons, I picked up a couple cases to sit on, in hopes that they do age well and enjoy a few bottles a year. It's not nearly my favorite beer, but a nice treat nonetheless.
     
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  8. stupac2

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    Wait, what's different about the current version?
     
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  9. Snarf

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    AFAIK the most recent major change was a few years ago and brett is now added at packaging rather than in the conditioning tanks so that the conditioing time is reduced. Lots of old timers will say it's been crap since they went to conicals 20 years ago or maybe more now.
     
  10. Abitker

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    Drank a 93 orval recently that was mind blowing.
     
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