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


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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2007
A Mes rate: What a treat! Every single bit what I hoped it would be. A downable and mellow Orval. It’s never going to be a huge scorer but it’s a fantastic beer and at 3.5% perfectly sessionable. I WWWWISH!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
Although it has not much alcohol in it, his taste is still very unique as his stronger brother. And even thid beer you can drink after years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
Dark golden body, creamy thick white head; Very Orvalish great nose, not as big as the "normal" Orval; The body is a bit thin/watery, quite bitter; Hoppy, bretty aromas in a very long finish, a bit thin. Great very fresh beer, perfect summer beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2006
[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 :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle at Bishop Arms, Gothenburg. Dark orange colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity, yeast, orange , malt. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16503) - 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 (9569) - 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.

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