Petite Orval
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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From:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
 
Belgium
Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 13.38%
Ratings:
58
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 14, 2019
Added:
Apr 28, 2002
Wants:
  79
Gots:
  8
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

Darker in color and more bitter than I expected. Served on draft walking distance from Orval. Lingering hop bitterness.

May 14, 2019
 
4.45 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Nov 18, 2018
 
3.84 by bierfonteintje from Belgium on Sep 29, 2018
 
2.06 by jeschaefer from Texas on Sep 22, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by unclekeith from Alaska

August 2017 at the cafe

Jul 13, 2018
 
5 by chippo33 from Vermont on Mar 23, 2017
Photo of Gregaroo
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

11-19-16 - Toured the Abbey today, picked up a box of 12 bottles and then went to lunch at the nearby Le Guardian Angel. They served an Orval on tap into their signature green label goblet.

Nov 20, 2016
 
4.15 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 14, 2016
 
4.4 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Oct 11, 2016
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1.73/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by josanguapo from Spain

From trade with BenBreeg. In Teku glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. Lots of foam although not gushing. Very acid in nose. Less acid in mouth but still not a thing I can enjoy. Wont miss they dont bottle it anymore but Im happy to have the chance of trying it

Jun 02, 2016
 
4.34 by jonj from Faroe Islands on May 23, 2016
 
4.06 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 11, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Zet from Netherlands

Only available at the cafe at the abbey of Orval. It looks like an ordinary Orval (can an Orval be ordinary?), but with green letters on the glass instead of blue ones, giving it a 'limited-edition aura'. Smell of yeast and malt. The taste is where this beer differs from the regular Orval. Due to the lower abv and serving temperature, the hops have their chance to shine. Very good hoppy taste of flowers and grass. As this beer warms up, it gets an aftertaste of grapefruit I tend to associate with IPA's. Guess the Orval monks are hopheads avant-le-lettre. Very good beer. By itself, not worth an entire trip to Belgian Luxembourg, but if you happen to be around, be sure to drop by and visit the abbey as well.

Jul 30, 2015
 
4.09 by IckyT2012 from Florida on May 22, 2015
 
3.92 by atpca from California on May 14, 2015
 
3.96 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Apr 29, 2015
 
4.21 by HopBelT from Belgium on Apr 24, 2015
 
4.25 by spycow from Illinois on Dec 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MattSweatshirt from Texas

Hazy yellow-orange and a big fluffy white head. Looks like Orval.

The hops pop out floral and fruity. Not as yeast driven as I'm used to in Orval but I'm sure it's fresh on tap at the cafe here. Touch of sweetness to it. Bready. Dry.

Light on body with a nice bitterness.

Wonderful to be ably to try this. Super enjoyable beer.

Nov 17, 2014
 
4 by frontalot from Washington on Nov 09, 2014
 
4 by JackNip from Delaware on Oct 24, 2014
 
4 by KristofH from Belgium on Sep 24, 2014
 
4 by zestar from California on Sep 17, 2014
 
4.6 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Aug 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
by TurdFurgison from Ohio

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.

Aug 15, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Jun 20, 2014
 
4.5 by WillCarrera from Ohio on Jun 08, 2014
 
4.25 by DOCRW from Washington on May 15, 2014
 
4.75 by andy1701 from Florida on Apr 03, 2014
 
4.25 by muskiesman from New Jersey on Nov 22, 2013
 
3 by shuckit from Canada (BC) on Aug 29, 2013
 
4.5 by prisdefer from New York on Jul 30, 2013
 
4 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Jul 03, 2013
 
4.5 by BuzzLitebier from Maryland on Apr 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by CStrife187 from North Carolina

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.

Mar 03, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by godfathermg57 from Florida

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.

Sep 22, 2012
 
4.5 by WynnO from Florida on May 25, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by SFLpunk from Vermont

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!

May 18, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

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!

Apr 16, 2012
 
4.75 by seancake from Belgium on Apr 06, 2012
Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 58 ratings