‘The Gaume’ is a beautiful area in the south east corner of Belgium, down near the border with Luxembourg. It is home to 5 of Belgium’s small, very traditional breweries.
Orval is the jewel in the crown that also includes La Rulles, Saint-Helene, the very small Brasserie Gengoulf and of course Brasserie Millevertus. If ever you find yourself in this region of Belgium you are spoilt for choice on quality breweries to visit.
Nearly half of Millevertus’ production is exported, and it is a foreign customer that we get to sample this beer. This is a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale featuring Chinook hops.
It’s such a well balanced beer, a light malt body with an inviting grapefruit aroma, a subtle Belgian yeast character and mildly fruity taste giving way to a pleasant hop bitterness the carried through to a moreish lingering aftertaste.
More known for their use of unusual ingredients, this beer is very simple and straight forward for this brewery. A very easy drinking beer – you’ll probably wish you had more than one!