Petite Orval | Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

Petite OrvalPetite Orval
BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 53 ratings
Petite OrvalPetite Orval
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Belgium
orval.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,460
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
53
Liked:
49
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
12.05%
Alströms:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of josanguapo
1.73/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

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Photo of shuckit
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CStrife187
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of atpca
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulaner
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Zet
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KristofH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFLpunk
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Petite Orval from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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