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

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured, mediumsized head. Orange and lemon in aroma along with wheaty hints. Flavour is weaker than normal Orval, kind of "Orval mixed with water".

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12991) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled @Akkurat
Yellow golden, not much head. Citrusy, horse blanket nose - watered Orval aroma. Citrusy, lemony, weak little brother of Orval. Add enough water to normal Orval and you have this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
(Bottled@Akkurat) Hazy dark amber color with a small, tight head. Quite mild, dry-hoppy, fruity and yeasty aroma. Flowery-perfumy (lavender), hoppy and lightly spicy flavor. Quite carbonated, light to medium-bodied, dry and bitter palate. A quite nice "Orval Light".

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2005
Orange brown. Acidic with notes of hops and flowers. Acidic flavor with notes of radish and mineral water. Thin and and a bit off.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle. Dark orange-amber with small head. Beautiful hoppy-flowery aroma, little soapy. Watery-thinnish body with pleasent bitter-dry finish. Easy drinking and with more flavor/aroma than most beers 1 pct. (or more) stronger.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
33 cl Bottle, same bottle as the normal Orval, but no text. Bought in ōlbutikken. Nice floffy head, dark golden in colour, good aroma of flawor. But a extreme bad taste, of water and hops. This beer taste like shit, SORRY..................

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
Light hazy orange beer with an off white head. Hoppy perfume aroma with an artificial spicy touch. Soapy and perfume flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21498) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled. Orange coloured with a white head: Perfumed aroma of spices with hoppy notes. Flavour of spices with notes of hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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


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