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Petite Orval - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

37 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 66
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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

weissjoh, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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)

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of andy1701
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

andy1701, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

2010 bottle, consumed in 2014. What a delicious beer. A lighter version of the Orval we all know and love, but with its own complexities.

TurdFurgison, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of seancake
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

seancake, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Well, I am a HUGE Orval fan. This beer is great, however it is really just watered down Orval. It has a refreshing watery aftertaste. I liked it, but I will take regular Orval anyday.

It is lighter than regular Orval, it smells and tastes like Orval, just watered down. The mouthfeel is lighter than Orval, of course, since it is watered down. It is very drinkable since it is just over 3%.

If you find yourself near the Abbey, stop in and have one, since you can only buy it at their resturaunt.

jeffaz02t, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Quafftastic
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Quafftastic, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

patre_tim, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

WillCarrera, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Paisan, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

BuzzLitebier, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

prisdefer, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Jason, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of dstc
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

dstc, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

cpetrone84, Apr 16, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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

rvdoorn, Jul 02, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

lastauss, Sep 24, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DOCRW, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

muskiesman, Nov 22, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Yetiman420, Mar 28, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

This deep amber Trappist Ale is full of rich malt. A wild yeasty flavor and a mild sweetness underlie a grapefruit-like bitterness with a hint of orange peel. It’s a complex ale with some noticeable alcohol kick, though not overpowering like some Trappist Ales. You’ve got to admire the amber/orange color and pleasant aroma!

BeerResearcher, Mar 09, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

godfathermg57, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of SFLpunk
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

SFLpunk, May 18, 2012
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Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.