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


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RATINGS: 155   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2573) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle at DHVL. 2009 vintage. Clear light copper liquid with medium to big off-white head. Aroma of light barnyard, bread, mint, light grain, light fruity funk and lemon peel. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of light barnyard and bread. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really very similar to Orval, but lighter. The name is very fitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo (1375) - PORTUGAL - APR 28, 2013
À l?Ange Guardien, outside the Abby. Although Orval still is one of my favorite beers this was a disappointment. Although good, this beer tastes a little of mould and it is watery. Less flavour than the normal ale one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at A l’Ange Gardien outside of the Orval monastery. Pours a cloudy burnt orange colored body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and foamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is lightly sweetened, grainy malts with touches of caramel, a light yeasty note, some fruit, and a bit of a musty brett funk. Flavor is similar. A bit funky throughout with a light fruitiness and a grainy, lightly sweetened bready malt. Finishes clean and dry with a light-medium bitterness and a slight funk. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium-light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer that I’m very happy to try. A lighter and more simplistic version of Orval, but flavorful and balanced with a light funk. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kraddel (4171) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2012
tasted the 08 and 09 vinbtage next to each other @ heeren van liedekerke both poured clear brownish, no real smell. 09 was a bit sweeter, 08 was more hoppy to me. both are rather wattery ( low alcohol beer) but had taste in a level that seemed fair for the 3,5 it is. carbonation isnt to much or to less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4551) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2012
2008 & 2009 Vintage flessen naast elkaar geproefd bij DHL. Karakteristieke Orval flessen zonder etiket, bedenkt met een respectabele laag van stof. De 2009 Vintage is aanzienlijk donkerder dan de 2008 – beide zijn de kleur van verbrande karamel / amber oranje met een zeer stabiele witte kraag. 2008 ruikt naar zoet fruit, kandij suiker, muffe kelder, kruidnagel en nog aanzienlijk wat naar floraal neigende hop. 2009 heeft een sterkere karamel geur maar eigenaardig zijn de vintage noten wat sterker, meer gras hop hier. 2008 smaakt fascinerend bitter hoppig, vooral floraal, lichte gras, karamel, zoete kelder, stof, boerderij, kandij sinasappel, sterk kruidig en floraal hoppig, verbazingwekend eigenlijk voor zowel het alcohol en de leeftijd wat de hop aanwezigheid betreft. 2009 is zoeter, karamel, kandij, nog wat suiker, floraal, meet gras, sterkere kelder noten en vooral wateriger nog eens. 2008 is beter bewaard, eveneens lichtjes waterig maar veel minder. Qua stijl en alles in aanmerking genomen dit is meer dan netjes. Leuk om dit eindelijk is eens geproefd te hebben. 2008 Vintage was mijn favoriete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours semi-transparent orange with a small off white head. Very similar to the regular. Nose bready, cloves, banana and some nice lemony earthy Brett in the mix. Tastes where it differs from the original. It's a nit no frills. Slightly bitter and a little sweet but just a little off. More bland. Mouthfeel is crisp and very clean, light body and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1499) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle at Abbaye - Hazy orange coloured, medium sized head. Orange and lemon in aroma along with wheat notes. Flavour is weaker than normal Orval but still pleasant enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bontus (654) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2012
Draught @ L’Ange Gardien, Orval. Pours amber orange dark golden, shiny beige head. Looks the same is regular Orval. Nose of dry noble hops, grass and herbs. Imo more hoparoma than regular Orval (the monks are just craving for a light IPA). Alcohol percentage 4,5% said the menu. Taste is primarily yeast/dough, with good carbonation, finish is bitter with a touch of sourness. It is a bit lighter than its big brother, but it’s the perfect session ale, hands down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2012
On tap @ Orval

Head: firm, white, slightly bubbly/creamy
Colour: orangy amber
Smell: slight hops, quite bitter something yeasty and a bit of grass
Taste: very nice overall bitter and refereshing flavour with hints of hops/grass and only a slight amount of malts. some zests in the finish and a flowery aftertaste, very nice ! at least i think so !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1765) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2012
Nice little brother of Orval. More accesible than Orval. Nice bitterness, citrus and hops. But also a bit watery.

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