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


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (2023) - 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 (2070) - 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 (5799) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2006
London Gathering Nov 05: Dry, hoppy spicy aroma with some funky notes. Tastes like watered down Orval. Quaffable table beer. Gold with a white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottle shipped to me from Belgium. Pours a amber color with orange tones and a frothy white head that is mostly lasting. I noticed a more hoppy aroma than the regular Orval. Also, flavor is sweet and a little more watery leaving a dry finish. This is an excellent example of what a light beer should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3665) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2006
Botle conditioned, from L’Auberge de L’Ange Gardien courtesy of John White. Hazy bronze, good lasting white head and moderate condition. Slight malty caramel notes in the nose with a distant hopsack note that is far more restrained than its big brother. Quite thin in the mouth with a gently refreshing yeastiness and muted hoppiness. Dry and watery in the finish with just a hint of hop flowers. A refreshing session Trappist beer, a not very sinful skinfull, if you like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2005
This and the Chimay Black are the most exceptional out of the Monks beer. I have no idea why Westmalle Extra is rated the highest of the three. Med Amber color, spicy nose, grains of paradise, oranges, bubblegum erupt from the nose. The mouth is much more subdued than Orval. It smooth, but retains a high degree of complexity. A dry orangey finish is similar to Orval. I just realized this is only 3.5%, WOW what complexity for its size! Very impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
Complex yeast and lactice nose, orange-brown color, foamy beige head. Soft toasted malt base with a sour, acidic characer. Some spice. Thinish body, for sure, that tappers off then comes back with a broad hop bitter. For 3.5% this is an amazingly full and characterful beer. Shame on other light beers - it CAN be done.

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