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À l'Ange Gardien

Not Rated.
À l'Ange GardienÀ l'Ange Gardien
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Route d’Orval 3
Villers-devant-Orval, 6823
Belgium
phone: +32 61 311 886

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(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Visited for lunch on 12 Sept 2006.

Having just completed a thorough tour of the Brasserie d'Orval, our large group of 27 made the short walk down Rue d'Orval to the lunch awaiting at the pretty restaurant (and former inn) Auberge de l'Ange Gardien.Though it was a beautiful late summer day, we sadly were relegated to the indoor dining hall due to our numbers (at least the windows faced up the road toward the lovely abbey...). We dined at long tables in a comfortable, albeit loud, room. Our raucous voices echoing off the low ceiling, brick walls and red tiled floors probably made the few lingering patrons not with our group wish they'd chosen to sit elsewhere. One woman left her table muttering to her companion, index fingers firmly plugging her ears. Little did she know a tour group of Canadians, roughly twice our group's size, would arrive less than an hour later...

Soon after being seated, our affable servers presented each of us with an 'apertif' bottle of Orval along with the classic serving glass. Deliciously hopped and spicy, those beautifully poured beers went down quickly; the decibel level rose a few more notches.

When lunch arrived, the room quieted considerably as all attention focused on the plates full of sliced hams, pates, cheeses and mixed greens. Wonderfully presented and delicious, the food was a highlight of our visit. Paired with our meal were bottles of the unlabeled Petite Orval. A lower alcohol 'table beer' version of the 'regular' ale brewed primarily for consumption by the brothers, the beer is nonetheless decently hopped, dry & flavorful.

Both beers we had were fresh and delicious. They were, however, the only beers available, hence the low marks for 'Selection'. Regardless, l'Ange Gardien was a wonderful place to hang out and enjoy an extended lunch. A recommended stop, especially when also touring the abbey. Just avoid the large and noisy tour groups (unless you're part of one...).

msubulldog25, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

We were all still ‘tingling’ after our trip around the stunningly beautiful & relatively unspoilt, Brasserie d’Orval at Easter 1997. Armed with many bags full of the simply gorgeous home-made Bread, Cheese and even some Beer, from the Abbey Shop, we all rambled down the road that leads to the Orval Abbey. For after our holy encounter, what better place to have lunch then the very appropriately named “Guardian Angel” only a 3 minute walk from the Abbey.
A lovely large roadside building, comprised of two large rooms, with the bar, kind of in between them. There is a Beer Veranda, but it was bloody freezing & had been raining recently – so we all headed inside for some warmth. Our party of 30 were comfortably seated indoors. Food was absolutely top notch, great selection, good sized portions, wholesome and very tasty. Not much point looking at the Beer Menu, it only had the one beer – now which one was it? ….er, nope, I forget… ;-))
Well actually that’s not strictly true. For a start, I remember distinctly that Orval of various ages (vintages) was on Sale here. Also, and if you ask politely, you may very well be allowed to sample the Petite Orval (4%) as the Staff verbally referred to it then (I note now that other names are attributable to this beer). It is the beer that is drunk by the Brothers anyways, for it is a more palatable strength for daily consumption. On our visit (1997), it was not advertised as for sale, and I believe that the arrangement to sell the “Brothers Beer” had not been in place very long. Now it may well be advertised, and common place. Other BA’s, who have been more recently, may well like to elaborate on this in future BeerFlys for it is a very accomplished impressive beer in its own right.
As close to an Orval Brewery tap as you will get….
….and THE place, to do a Vertical tasting of the Vintages, that may well leave you Horizontal if you are not careful !!!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +19.6%

WynnO, Today at 12:26 PM
Photo of endovelico
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%

I enjoyed this place. It feels really modern and clean, although a bit sterile. The food and beer selection is great considering theres really just one Orval.

I particularly like how you can order both an old and/or young Orval; Pretty clever way to broaden the menu and the pairing possibilities.

Anyways, enjoyable overall and theres nothing like drinking an Orval with a view to the great monastery.

endovelico, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

patre_tim, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -4.3%

david18, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of andy1701
4.89/5  rDev +17%

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!

andy1701, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of clintbrimson
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

clintbrimson, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

jeffaz02t, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of dstc
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

dstc, Dec 11, 2009
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À l'Ange Gardien in Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.