Orval Day 2017 at SD Toronado
Come celebrate Orval Day 2017 today
Come out today and enjoy a bottle of Orval (and take home the glass!) on the day when people around the world enjoy this classic Belgian Trappist ale. From the Oxford Companion to Beer:
True to the Trappist ideals, the Orval abbey produces both beer and cheese. Although a brewery was probably always present in the abbey, it wasn’t until the 1930s that Orval distinguished itself as a brewery. Orval makes only two beers, and only one of these makes it into the outside world. This beer, simply named “Orval,” is an outlier among Trappist beers, a honey-colored pale ale of distinctive character. The beer is a relatively light 6.9% ABV, but with a unique taste profile due mainly to the yeast strains used, the dry-hopping with fresh Hallertau, Styrian Goldings, and French Strisselspalt hops. Most unusually, the beer is partially carbonated, then bottled with a small dose of priming sugar and a blend of yeast including the “wild” yeast strain Brettanomyces. See brettanomyces. The phenolic, estery character of the Brettanomyces, often described in literature as “horse blankets,” tends to become apparent after 6 months. Therefore, Orval’s beer, which is hoppy and fresh when young, attains a fascinating and complex old age in the bottle. The character of Orval has been hugely influential among craft brewers, particularly in the United States, where many have been moved to experiment with Brettanomyces.
If you love Orval as we do, or if you've never tried one before, today is the day... We'll see you here!
Our address is:
Toronado San Diego
4026 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104