Petite Orval - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
09-15-2011 21:17:59 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
01-11-2010 01:38:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +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.
09-21-2004 20:24:51 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-15-2010 14:44:10 | More by Gueuzedude
3.1/5 rDev -26.5%
Light amber. Quite creamy head.
In the smell yeast, bread crust, even if light (less intense than the "normal" Orval).
In the tasteis again a light copy of the bigger sister. Bt in minor. Less sharp, less resolute, lighter, and watery.
In the aftertaste some bitterness, and the classic "Orval taste". Light body.
Tasted in parallel with the "classic" at the Ange Gardien, in front of the abbey.
Not bad, but, after all, the bigger sister is still better.
06-15-2007 17:35:45 | More by stcules
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
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)
08-17-2002 09:25:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
04-16-2012 15:58:02 | More by cpetrone84
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-28-2008 18:25:17 | More by Absumaster
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
06-20-2014 15:50:00 | More by patre_tim
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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. Its a complex ale with some noticeable alcohol kick, though not overpowering like some Trappist Ales. Youve got to admire the amber/orange color and pleasant aroma!
03-09-2003 08:38:14 | More by BeerResearcher
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
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!
05-18-2012 01:37:28 | More by SFLpunk
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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 dont 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 its 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 its 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, Id rather have half a real Orval than a Petit Orval.
09-13-2005 15:44:43 | More by Rastacouere
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-10-2009 21:15:31 | More by dstc
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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
07-02-2011 15:52:12 | More by rvdoorn
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-07-2007 19:25:20 | More by roblowther
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-24-2006 20:01:39 | More by DaveFL1976
4.22/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-28-2008 13:38:40 | More by Yetiman420
Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.