mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the cafe near the abbey. Clear copper color. Effervescent. Decent head although not nearly as large as the head on regular Orval given similar pours. Very mild aroma. A touch of hops in the nose. No real discernible brett aroma--I’m not sure if they use brett in the Petite Orval. Small malt aroma and flavor. Very nice subdued beer. Good medium mouthfeel. I could drink this beer all night. Remarkable flavor and complexity for such a small beer.
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle at TNT pub in Bibbiano near Siena] Yes it seems just a watered down Orval but nevertheless the character of the bigger sister comes trough... and that is enough to make it a good beer :-)
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ange Gardian, the Abbey’s tavern, a light brown with some carbonation and a large bubbly off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma, some vinuous notes - impressive for 3.5%. Smooth and light palate - some carbonation again. Sweet and juicy flavours at first, then dry and hoppy in the refreshing short finish. Lucky monks.
marcus (6585) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Erasmus Hotel, Brugge. It has the ame orange color as the real Orval, but that is the only similarity. This is a low alcohol version that is produced by reusing the wort from the real thing. Drinking it is a worthwhile experiment, but the taste is not very rewarding, the flavor being very thin.
gunnfryd (10833) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bishop Arms, Gothenburg. Dark orange colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity, yeast, orange , malt. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, sour.
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Bishops Arms, Gothenburg. 215 SEK is a rip-off, but I just had to sample it. It pours hazy, with some sediments, orange-golden color and some beige head. The aroma has an almoste gueuze-like sourness, notes of alcohol, yeast and yellow apples. A complex aroma that I could sniff for hours. Pity the flavor isn’t in the same league. It has sourness and acidity and some spices, but it is a bit boring. Thin, slightly sour, dry mouthfeel. The beer feels a bit dead, except for the aroma, which is just lovely. (060825)
gnoff (7933) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg on August 25) Very hazy murky dark orange to brown color, white head. Sour a bit spicy scent, not as "original" Orval at all! Very much similar to a gueuze, in the smell still. A bit watery mouth feel. Sour, but watery, taste. Low to no bitterness.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle at Bishops Arms, cheers chaps!] Aroma is perfumed, yeasty and really bretty so id guess this has been around for a while. taste is on the week side and the body is pretty thin.
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Göteborg) Pours hazy egg-yellow, golden. Aroma of sour lemon and yeast. Herbs and some grass. Taste: watery and a bit sour. Small, small body.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to who ever had this bottle in the bishops arms. Aroma is orval all over. Taste is similar but with less ooommph.