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Petite Orval - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

24 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 47
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 71
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 47
Reviews by paulaner:
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After reading all the hype about this beer I could not help but hunt it down and give it a try. I had been planning to go to the cafe near the abdij but found out I did not have to. This last weekend I went to a small beer festival in Hasselt, Belgium. While reviewing the list I saw Petit Orval and it was the first one I tried. Like the bigger brother the color was very similiar a cloudy orange tint to it. The smell was when I new it could'nt really compete with the regular one it was just week. The taste was like a weak maybe watered down Orval. The feel and drinkability need to be ranked high due to the low alcohol content (3.5%) you could drink many of these in a night and not get that overpowering taste which is in the other one. The only problem is finding this one, "good luck". I would recommend this to anyone who thinks Orval is a strong bitter beer, but if you are like me and love Orval stick with the big boy. (931 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few shades lighter in color from the regular Orval, crystal clear with an intense rush of carbonation that keeps the bubbly lace alive. Smell of herbal hops and a thin malt. Crisp and light bodied with a dry and bitter palate just likes its counterpart. Very clean with a quick brush of phenols and a ghost like soapiness. Hands down the best lunch time brew I have ever had. I enjoyed this with a ¼ chicken that was cooked in Orval at the café down the street from the abbey … what a perfect day that was. (511 characters)

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of shuckit
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting the brewery/monestary, I had a bottle of the full strength Orval and my wife (she was driving) had a 3.5% version. The beers weren't drastically different. They differed only in intensity. The petite is a hair lighter than the reguar Orval, and comes in almost the color of a red ale, I thought. But with that patented foamy, bright white Belgium head. The smell was sweet and slightly spicy, and the taste - for a 3.5% beer, was excellent.
Don't go out of your way to get this brew -- it won't be the most memorable thing you've ever drank, but it's a unique experience to drink what the monks drink. (617 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at the cafe just outside the Abbey. It's been a bit so I'll dust off the memory cells & do my best. The unlabeled bottle makes you feel that either you're having a homebrew session with the monks or you've acquired something of dubious legal status. Nothing nearly so exotic, though. Poured very similar to the normal Orval, golden with a hint of red and a bit of cloud. It seems more carbonated, though, with larger, more insistent bubbles. Smell was also similar, sharp and spicy, cloves and nutmeg. Taste was a bit dissapointing but probably only because of my expectations. It tastes (again) similar to the standard offering but the flavors are more muted. Pepper and cloves with a very dry, hoppy, slightly acidic finish. Really, it tastes for all the world like you diluted an Orval with water. Drinkability is good b/c of the lower alcohol content and because of the beer's light, delicate quality. All in all, an experience not to be missed if you're in Southern Belgium or you know someone who will mule for you. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of lastauss
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Highest marks for drinkability, since the only place you can actually drink it (unless you have a very good -and sneaky- friend) is in about the most picturesque place on earth...

I found the beer to be very much in the tradition of a Pacific Northwest IPA (perhaps from the addition of WA (chinook?) hops??? Francois, who took us though the brewery, would neither confirm nor deny...)

Light malt and body with an incredible hop kick. Lingering bitterness, with a whiff of, hmmm, I want to say minty-ness as well. It is difficult to separate the drinking of this beer with the magical visit to the brewery. Exceptional. (627 characters)

Photo of weissjoh
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of CStrife187
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (880 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visited Orval Brewery at Easter 1997. At that time, Little Orval - is a beer that, as far as I am aware and told by the Guide who showed us around the beautiful Abbey and spotlessly clean Brewery, is actually only "regularly" available at the nearby Cafe, with very strong links to, but not owned by, the Abbey. The Ange Gardien (Guardian Angel) is about a 3 minute walk from the Brewery, but on arrival it did not advertise the Petite Orval as being on sale - when asked though, it was served. Still a well kept secret, and one of those beers that is still shrouded in mis-infomation, but highly recommended and well worth the trouble seeking out. Drink it before its stronger Brother (if you pardon the Pun) (711 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.