Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy amber colour, firm off-white head. Aroma of hops, malty, light candy sugar, grass, yeast, citrus, lots of american hops. Bitter hoppy flavour, fresh malty sweet. Finish is bitter, hops, quite American hops.
Very fresh, almost ’green’ in flavour and aroma. It’s lighter than regular Orval, but doesn’t seem lacking the body. It was better than both the fresh and aged Orval at Ange Gardien, but it was also much fresher. This would definitely be my session beer of choice!
(Draught @ L’Ange Gardien, Orval)
cpetrone84 (1542) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bright golden orange with a creamy pillowy off white head. Wonderful orval yeast, plastic and medicinal note, faint spice, juicy lemon and light lime note. Some citrusy orange hops in back. The taste has that somehow pleasant medicinal/plastic orval yeast, extremely unique, light spice to it and a well integrated citrus melody behind. Juicy lemon and light citrus with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Light body and very airy, very dry and gentle carbonation. Very complexy and extremely drinkable, awesome balance and so well integrated. Could drink 10!
Theis (13804) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DHVL. Clear amber - offwhite head. Nice bretty. Light oxidation. Fruity notes. Light soapy. Light bread notes. Light bitterness. Nice but at bit thin body.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at monastery cafe. Resinous hops on the nose with feint herbal notes. Pours a golden amber color with dense white head with thick lacing all through the glass as its consumed. Bitter earthy hops with herbal pine resin and grassy flavors followed by bready malts and just a hints of herbal Brett notes. Excellent beer!
Scopey (7449) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle at DHVL. It pours clear amber, with a decent white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, wood, spicy yeast and a touch of caramel. The taste is farmyard, dough, hay, herbal, spice and a hint of citrus, with a dry finish. Light body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Really just a thinner, toned-down regular Orval.
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at DHVL 2009. First try of the ’green Orval’. Pours out as a regular Orval, nice head, amber color. Taste is really a lot less then a regular Orval. It misses the caracter of the regular one, but it has the same aftertaste. Yo do notice that is is slightly older. Nice, but I prefer a real orval from 2009 though.
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the abbey pub. I tried this together with a glas of Orval. It looks very similar to the usual Orval, slightly creamier head though. Could be due to it being on tap versus the bottled Orval. The smell was yeasty and fruity with apples, also a bit of sourness. The taste seperated the two beers, the petit had a taste of earth, earthcellar, perfume, hops and violet. Light body then Orval, also lower carbonation but smoother mouthfeel. The beers are almost the same but the Petit is milder overall, some tastes that seperate the two. Nice though, I wish I could have this in my local supermarket.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the abbey cafe during last week’s trip to Belgium. I was surprised by this; maybe they switched this over to tap during the cafe’s renovations. Beautiful place, by the way. Reviewed from notes.
Served in an Orval chalice with Orval written in GREEN on the front with the cafe logo -- instead of the fish -- on the back.
Pours a lightly-hazed moderate golden-amber color with great lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose brings a bit floral hop character. Very, very fresh. Almost tastes like a fresh-hopped Belgian Pale Ale. Big on the floral character. Seems like Styrian to me, but I’m not expert. Light and crisp body with a dry finish and light bitterness. No noticeable Brett presence. Really delicious.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber, effervescent with a puffy cream head, moderate lacing. Light medicine and dusty yeast, bit of grass and hop in the nose along with some peppery dough. Flavor is dry, dusty, doughy, bit more grain and hop, faint yeast shooting in and out. Creamy from start to finish, this is great stuff, reminiscent of the regular, and while less compelling or refined, it’s uniquely dry and light in its own regard.
Travlr (13458) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DHL. Hazy golden color, thick white head. Typical Orval aroma of sourdough and rye bread dough and yeast. Taste has orange peel, coriander, white pepper, raw bread dough. Soft sourness. Nice stuff.