jamesie1857 (1552) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bontus (665) - Flanders, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 !
JefVerstraete (1890) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice little brother of Orval. More accesible than Orval. Nice bitterness, citrus and hops. But also a bit watery.
Martinus (3488) - 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 (1600) - 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 (14085) - 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 (8249) - 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.