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


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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
First off, I think Iím overdue for a sincere round of excuses to my tasting partners for drinking this without them. Bierkonig sent it and one the excitement of opening this gorgeous package, 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 donít 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 itís 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 itís 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, Iíd rather have half a real Orval than a Petit Orval.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) This younger brother to the real Orval is apparently only available in the cafť next to the abbey - and only aimed at everyday consumption for the monks. Trying this in a tasting with the original this seems to be just a dilluted Orval. All the same wonderful herbal notes are there - only weaker. And expectedly both head and hoppiness are lower. Hence itís a surprise that the colour is actually a darker amber than the oroginal. Hmm...so much for my dillution theory. Very easy to drink. Yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. For all itís worth, even this weak Orval is still a unique experience. No label. 230105

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. Smells of watery fruit. Taste is lacking with some malt present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7809) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2005
This beer is more widely known as Orval Vert . Orange-amber, slight haze; huge off-white head. Typical but very intense grapey Orval nose, hops (dry), leather, Brett - including horsey finish - bit of lunaria, herbal-spicey. Bone dry - but light - fruity, grapey taste, rosewater flavour without the sweetness, different herbal flavours, slightly grassy. Quite light MF, but more filled than expected. Watery feeling as fine spring water. Ultra-long typical hop aftertaste (more taste/flavour than bitterness). Very strangely a very pleasing beer. Something to raise (healthy) children on. Or Brits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Similar to the Chimay Doree, this is similar to a Orval Light. No label on the bottle. Cloudy orange color with a smallish head. Aroma is herbal and hoppy. Taste is thin (expected), light toast and mild malt. Another beer I could sit and drink for a day or two, non-stop.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Cloudy light tea color. Phenomenal nose, just fascinating, sour and orange, with apricot and spice. Taste starts fruity but then dies away, is a bit toasty but has an unpleasant almost cheap lager-esque harsh finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5270) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Poured an orange golden color with a medium sized white head and left light lacing on the glass. Sweet, light buttery, and spiced aroma. Taste was light, dry, and straw. Wet mouthfeel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2004 Hazy orange color, heavy ashtray aroma, light weak taste, light watery body, light dry finish. Orval with water in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonas (5594) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2004
Orangepeel nose. Hazy amber, low creamy head. In the flavor I mostly get light oranges - slightly metallic. Light body. Mhh couldnít really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
Thin hazy brown, with a great spicy aroma. The taste is a bit weak, almost like a watered down Orval.

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