This is the most individual tasting beer in the world. Even after almost 100 years, there is nothing quite like Orval. Tasting notes include leather and pineapple, attic and papaya, austerity, Manzanilla, bitter notes, acetic notes, umami elements and religious devotion, earth and apples.
The central question of War and Peace is: Did Napoleon cause history, or did history cause Napoleon? The central question of Belgian brewing is: Did Jean De Clerck create the landscape of modern Belgian beer or was he simply a particularly active and efficacious function of pre-existing social patterns, namely folk brewing practices and modern science in the wake of Pasteur?