À l'Ange Gardien
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4.89/5 rDev +17.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great way to end your visit to Orval. Had an Orval and a charcuterie platter with cheese made at the monastery, which was delicious. Beautiful and very modern interior and great service. You can also get cellered Orval's of different ages as well. Great place!
04-03-2014 20:42:07 | More by andy1701
3.21/5 rDev -22.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Auberge de l'Ange De Gardien was our first stop on a day of driving through southern Belgium and was a great way to start.
We were fortunate enough to have clear skies and shining sun while we wandered through the monastery and were then able to sit down and enjoy an Orval and try Petit Orval (which was actually better than expected).
Auberge de l'Ange De Gardien is extremely modern and clean cut which is in stark contrast to the monastery. The service was very good and we shared some cheese made using Orval beer which was just OK.
A must when in southern Belgium but not really a venue that you would need to return to.
11-12-2013 12:25:32 | More by clintbrimson
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
This is located right by the abbey. It is so close that you can sit with your beer and food and look right at the abbey the entire time.
They offer their Orval Petite here, which makes me wish they sold this beer as well. It is like 3.5% abv, and tastes like Orval with a more watery, refreshing taste.
Their food is some serious stuff. A decent selection, but not overwhelming. I got a potato-cheese-beer dish that KILLED it. The Orval cheese is the best of the Trappist cheeses, and yes, I have had them all.
My wife got an omelet that was the entire size of the LARGE plate it came served on. Also with Orval cheese, with tomatoes and onions. I had a few bites and yes, the omelet was epic.
I love Orval and I love this place. Great value and great atmosphere. I have been here twice, and both times it was basically empty. Servers are very nice and this place is kept very clean.
02-03-2011 13:15:02 | More by jeffaz02t
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Looking at the high rating of this place I'd have to say part of it has to do with atmosphere. While I'll agree it was an incredible experience to sit here at an outdoor table sipping Orval and watching the sun light up the abbey in the evening sky, if you really look around the place is nothing that special. There I said it, hate me if you must. The Pubs/Inns at Chimay, Westy, La Trappe were better kept, cleaner and nicer but like I said, this was a great experience.
I started with the Petite because well, why not, when else was I going to get it. I sat there drinking it and looking at the abbey down the road just glowing in the sun that was starting to get low in the sky. Table and menu were sticky from a days worth of meals but service was decent and beer of course was excellent. We ordered a cheese plate and more Orval and had a great time reflecting on the wonderful afternoon exploring the grounds of the old abbey. Truly one of the highlights of the trip and a very memorial one. The cheese plate was all we had besides the beer but the cheese was awesome as was the bread that accompanied it.
This is an incredible place to sit and have one of the best beers in the world while enjoying the wonderful scenery. If you have a chance please do, it's unforgettable.
12-11-2009 02:56:36 | More by dstc
4.15/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
We had dinner and some drinks at this place after taking a tour of the Abbey of Orval. The place is just a few hundred feet from the entrance of the abbey and with ample outdoor seating, you can enjoy a view of the abbey as you enjoy an Orval.
We started with Orval and a cheese plate of three varities all made by the Abbey. Both the cheese and beer were incredibly good. The Auberge actually has a decent sized menu but we all went with omelettes made with local Ardennes ham and the Orval cheese. Suffice to say, it was probably the best omelette I've ever had.
The service was good and as far as selection goes, the place obviously had Orval, but also the weaker version the monks consume called Petit Orval, served in a cool glass that is identical to the normal Orval glass but has the lettering in green not blue. The glasses and beer are available for purchase at the Auberge as well.
07-30-2009 20:12:21 | More by bernardus
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been there during my honey moon. Just after the visit of the abbey (I even had a sip of the water of the mythical fountain) we (me and my wife) took shelter from the rain in the Auberge de l'Ange Gardien. Reminding of a review of this place on BA, we choose the Petit Orval and I took the chicken cooked in their way. Well, let me say it was one of my best lunch (and days) of my whole life. The chicken was so good, and the beer, the place, the atmosphere, with the rain outside, all was so special that I'm looking for coming back again in october 2008 (just before the Oktoberfest).
Orval is a magic place, just like their beer and just like my wife.
07-17-2008 13:47:25 | More by Voss
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $
I love this place. Love it, love it, love it.
Had lunch there after touring the Abbey. The atmosphere is everything you expect of rural Belgium, and everything you dream Abbey touring will be like. Warm and cozy, with a large brick fireplace, long wooden tables, great service and wonderful food. You have to get the house specialty which is sort of a thick ham & potato soup cooked & served with Orval beer. Be sure also to try the abbey-only version of Orval, only served there. Not as good as the commercial version, sadly, but an experience to be had nowhere else. The staff is nice, the price is right, and the food and beer are wonderful. I want to go back just writing this. If you're in the area, GO!
01-31-2008 03:52:38 | More by roblowther
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited here the other day while taking a trip to the Abbaye for the afternoon. We arrived at the perfect time for lunch and when we arrive, the place was fairly full with a few large groups and some couples and 3's eating and drinking. The café is very rustic inside with little wooden tables with wooden stools and a nice wooden fireplace in the corner.
We each took a look at the menu and quickly ordered a Orval 3,5 (Petite Orval) in took a look through the menu for lunch. The menu is pretty long with a handful of sandwiches, cheese and meat plates and a great sounding cheese, bread thing that looked all melted in a gratin but it was out when I tried to order it. My wife had a tartine which was Orval cheese on bread, not heated. I had a croque monseiur (grilled ham and cheese). Both were very good but mine was the best of the 2 we both agreed.
While enjoying our food I ordered up a regular Orval to sip on for awhile. Although I enjoyed both of the beers, the standard Orval was my favorite. The petite was an enjoyable beer to try though. It seemed to be served at a slightly warmer temp and had a bit more active head as there was a little rush over the top of the bottle.
The fact that you can have a beer and lunch a few hundred yards from the abbaye is really cool and this is the perfect place to do it. I can't wait to go back in the summer or spring when I think you can sit outside.
01-13-2008 13:54:49 | More by ggaughan
À l'Ange Gardien in Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.