Tasting Devotion: Narrating the Terroir of Orval Beer

Ema Noëlla Kibirkstis (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador)

Under the supervision of monks and within the monastic walls of Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Orval in southeastern Belgium, Orval beer is made. As one of the eleven Trappist breweries worldwide and produced within a country famed for its beer, Orval beer provides the unique opportunity for consumers to participate in a Belgian brewing tradition, monastic tradition, and the unique Trappist tradition of Orval Abbey. This presentation demonstrates a folkloristic approach to taste, focusing on how narratives construct the terroir and taste of Orval beer.

Part of 09-13 Food, Terroir, and Tourism, Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm