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Petite Orval - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

34 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 61
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002)
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Reviews by Rastacouere:
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had forgotten Jeppe could likely find that kind of rarity, so looking at the labelless bottle and seeing a 2 digit date-like numbers, I just assumed Jeppe had sent me an 11 yr-old Orval which, as I love the regular stuff deeply, would have made sense. Of course you don’t drink what you think is a very old Orval without a younger one to compare, so I went on. The petit Orval looked pretty much the same as the regular Orval, perhaps a little cloudier somehow and if it’s possible, the head is even more lasting and rocky. Deep lavender smell, very perfumey "dry-styrianned" notes strike up front and beg for a sip. The palate comes off a bit disappointing. First off, the lively Orval mouthfeel is absent, the blending have killed that verve, vim and vigour of the original through a far smaller carbonation that feels a bit oldish and stale. Still an interesting medium body for a less than 4% beer, but it’s no fireworks. Palate is very dry, long, with dusty funky yeast playing around the floral and herbal hop characteristics. Appealing product by itself I imagine, but ultimately, I’d rather have half a real Orval than a Petit Orval.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 15:44:43 | More by Rastacouere
More User Reviews:
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patre_tim

China

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown, like the hide of a deer. On top stands 2 fingers of cappuccino like head holding great retention. Its cloudy and the carbonation is not visible.

S: Apple sauce, apple candy, creamy.

T: Fresh, so fresh. The taste of apple candy, with almost no sweetness, a slight breadiness, a little sour, hops are fresh and bright almost citrus like as in a much milder version of a west coast ipa’s.

M: Thick body, slight jam and bread (syrupy and bready) medium low carbonation.

O: Drank Dec 6th, 2013 at L’Ange Gardien outside Orval Abbey on site in Belgium. Had with a croquette made of Orval's cheese. Incredibly fresh bready, great balance of sweet and sour, bready and bitter. The last of my Trappist Abbeys in Benelux to visit. Celebrating now having visited all 7 abbeys, 3 of them today! Had on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2014 15:50:00 | More by patre_tim
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-08-2014 16:46:35 | More by WillCarrera
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DOCRW

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-15-2014 15:37:41 | More by DOCRW
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andy1701

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-03-2014 20:36:54 | More by andy1701
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weissjoh

Germany

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-07-2014 08:03:11 | More by weissjoh
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-22-2013 00:28:43 | More by muskiesman
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shuckit

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -28.7%

08-29-2013 01:49:00 | More by shuckit
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prisdefer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-30-2013 20:08:08 | More by prisdefer
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

07-03-2013 21:26:25 | More by WOLFGANG
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-21-2013 01:22:10 | More by BuzzLitebier
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CStrife187

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the cafe yesterday. What a wonderful day.

This was a nice warm-up for the real thing. Thin mouthfeel and somewhat watery in the taste department, it was still very crisp and fresh. The balance leaned heavily towards bittering hops and didn't have the spice or complexity of its big brother to keep things interesting. I can't help but wonder if the mouthfeel issue could have been solved with a less aggressive pour.

On the plus side it had a beautiful light copper color that just looked fantastic in the light coming in through the window. A two finger head stuck around to the bitter end and left really nice lacing. The presentation and setting were fantastic. You can't beat getting a beer straight from the source.

Definitely glad I got the chance to taste it, but I may skip this one on future trips and have an aged bottle of its big brother instead.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 10:12:28 | More by CStrife187
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godfathermg57

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on site at Orval, the version I had was called Orval Vert ('green' or 'young' Orval) and was listed at 4.5% alcohol. Very enjoyable session beer, that went well in a nice day. Not as impressive as its big brother obviously, but still enjoyable. Wish I could get bottles of it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 10:19:02 | More by godfathermg57
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WynnO

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-25-2012 20:22:28 | More by WynnO
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Paul for bringing this back from Belgium for me! 11.2oz brown glass proprietary bottle with no label nor date. I'm told this bottle is about two months old.

Pours a hazy orange amber with thin crackling white head. Nose has a banana note right up front and then some earthy spice-like aromas.

The palate is radically crisp and very dry. The flavor profile is moderately citrusy with very little malt flavor. Very pale grains it would seem. There seems to be a lot brett character in terms of flavor, but I'm not sure if this actually has brett in it. As the beer warms, the palate is a little less rigid in mouthfeel which is good. The finish is something along the lines of citrus zest with a pleasant astringency, but I can't pinpoint which citrus.

Notes: All told, this is a tasty little beer. I think I prefer it to Orval, but Orval has never been my favorite so that's not really a surprise to me. Happy and grateful to try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:37:28 | More by SFLpunk
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden orange with a creamy pillowy off white head. Wonderful orval yeast, plastic and medicinal note, faint spice, juicy lemon and light lime note. Some citrusy orange hops in back. The taste has that somehow pleasant medicinal/plastic orval yeast, extremely unique, light spice to it and a well integrated citrus melody behind. Juicy lemon and light citrus with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Light body and very airy, very dry and gentle carbonation. Very complexy and extremely drinkable, awesome balance and so well integrated. Could drink 10!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 15:58:02 | More by cpetrone84
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seancake

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-06-2012 12:45:01 | More by seancake
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Paisan

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-28-2011 23:48:53 | More by Paisan
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the abbey cafe during last week's trip to Belgium. I was surprised by this; maybe they switched this over to tap during the cafe's renovations. Beautiful place, by the way. Reviewed from notes.

Served in an Orval chalice with Orval written in GREEN on the front with the cafe logo -- instead of the fish -- on the back.

Pours a lightly-hazed moderate golden-amber color with great lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose brings a bit floral hop character. Very, very fresh. Almost tastes like a fresh-hopped Belgian Pale Ale. Big on the floral character. Seems like Styrian to me, but I'm not expert. Light and crisp body with a dry finish and light bitterness. No noticeable Brett presence. Really delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 21:17:59 | More by Thorpe429
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The petit Orval is the table beer of the Orval monks. Got this one from a very nice Belgium guy.
Look: pours an orange amber color with a large, long lasting white head, which was thinner than the regular Orval.
Smell: Sweet malts, citrus, flowers, barnyard and grassy hops. A bit lighter than the regular Orval.
Taste: Beautiful sourness, horse blanket, barnyard, crisp, earth, citrus and grass. Finish is less dry than the regular Orval.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light body.
Overall: A nice beer, it seems a bit the watered down version of the regular Orval, so less tart and less dry. Easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 15:52:12 | More by rvdoorn
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage; Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
The beer pours with a long lasting, creamy textured, pale tan colored head that is larger bubbled than a regular Orval. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a copper hue in the Orval glass. This smells fairly hoppy smelling up front, but has a nice pale and lightly toasted malt character that follows this up. A deeper reflection of the nose reveals some musky notes, a touch of phenolics and some light plastic notes that clearly are derived from the Brettanomyces influence.

The beer feels very fizzy and bubbly as it hits my mouth, much of this is because this is on the warm side, and the finish has a huge bitterness to it, especially considering the light body and fizzy texture. A touch of grassy pale malt character is noticeable up front and the beer finishes with a nice biscuit like note. This is really quite hoppy too with a solid herbal character, the really nicely biting bitterness and even a touch of lemon-zest character being noticeable. I am quite enjoying how light bodied and refreshing this is.

In the end it is the refreshing balance that this beer achieves that makes this enjoyable; it has a nice mix of herbal hop character, a balanced bitter hop character, mixing with the pale malt character and all tied together by the creamy, yet fizzy texture.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 14:44:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light barnyard notes with dry hops and some light tart notes also noticeable. Taste is also a very nice mix between some barnyard notes with some tart notes and a dry lightly hoppy finish. Body is more watery then the regular version with great carbonation. Still very much good though I can feel that this is a watered down version of the original.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 01:38:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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dstc

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange with light tan head. Head falls to a minimal one with thin lace.

Smells like Orval. Nice herbal hop nose.

Taste is wonderful, like the full blown Orval. Strong, full herbal hop flavor. Bitter finish.

Rather full in the mouth.

Nice, just like regular Orval. Made all the more special while sitting outside looking down the street at the abbey lit up by the late afternoon sun. Wonderful day.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:15:31 | More by dstc
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this beer at the café next to the abbey. A nice place where they have been able to create a rustic atmosphere by giving the beer a church-like appearance.

The beer comes in a blanc bottle, the same bottle as the normal Orval, but without the label.

Appearance is very much like it's bigger brother, a brown amber beer with a fine head that settles into a fine lacing. A fine mist of yeast when I poured the beer a bit too far from the bottle.

Smell is very much like a normal Orval, hoppy with horseblanket, Bretta and a grainy maltiness. Maybe a little less grainy.

The bottle was a fresh one, because the hoppiness was a little raw and a tad sharp and the Bretta taste was not very pronounced. It's body is a little thin, and this can be tasted, but it does not take the beer completely out of balance. Because of the 3,5% alcohol this beer is very drinkable, although the beers hoppiness and Bretta taste will break up.
I had the pleasure of drinking this beer and I am glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 18:25:17 | More by Absumaster
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's been half a year since we made the trek from Brussels to Orval.

It's worth mentioning that Abbey Notre-Dame d'Orval deserves it's listing in the "1,000 places to See Before You Die" book.

The monks brew this petitie version (with lower alcohol) for their consumption and it is only served at the small cafe outside the Abbey.

The wife and I ordered a petite and a place of Orval cheese and soaked in the experience.

The appearance of the beer was very much like standard Orval. I didn't miss the fact that it was lighter in alcohol and it was actually appreciated as we were making a long(er) scenic drive back to Brussels.

Frankly, it's difficult to be objective when you drink a beer like this in a place like this. When asked to rate drinkability it's impossible to say anything less than exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 13:38:40 | More by Yetiman420
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Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.