Brewed by Brasserie dOrval
Style: Belgian Ale
Florenville - Villers-d.-Orval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Only available at the Cafe near the Abbaye. Produced for the Monks at Brasserie dOrval. Previously available on 33 cl bottles at 3.5% ABV. 2012- only sold on draft and at 4.5% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8140) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
(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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2006
[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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2006
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Thanks to who ever had this bottle in the bishops arms. Aroma is orval all over. Taste is similar but with less ooommph.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (2007) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Bottle: Hazy deep yellow colour.Aroma of sour,citric,flowers,Gueze nose feeling. Flavor is like the aroma , but have a bit smouthness,citric mouth feeling.Short finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spodude (10) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2006
Better known as Orval Vert or green Oval, note the glass, you have to go to the monastery to get it, but if you are looking for a low alchol beer this is the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2054) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2006
Bottled at the cafe close to the monastery. Cloudy orange golden coloured, big head. Yeasty and fruity, hop-bitterness. Of course everyone is comparing this one to the ’real’ Orval, which has a flavour quite similar. This one closely resembles its bigger brother, although in finish the difference becomes really obvious. Nevertheless, this very easy to drink beer with only 3.5% ABV is marvellously complex and probably the best low alcohol beer i know.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5567) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle, Ange Gardien at 100 m from the Abbey. Cloudy orange golden color, big off-white head. Aroma is bit fruity, some bubblegum, typical Orval but bit weaker. Also taste is typical Orval, but a bit weaker. Easy to drink that way, and as Orval is one of my favorite beers, I like this one too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
bottle courtesy of BierKonig, opened with egadzis and hopdog at Yeha05...pour was the standard orval color, but the head was not the layer of thick foam that one regularly gets, instead being thinner and fading faster. the aroma was more yeasty and toast laced, and didnt have the uniqueness of the standard. overall, i thought was a more drinkable version of its more famous sibling, but the uniquness of Orval is one of the things that makes it as desireable as it is.

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