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

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (11151) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
Würziger, aber leichter Geruch. Im Antrunk ist ein würziger Ansatz zu erkennen, der aber leider nicht fortgeführt wird. Man schmeckt die Trappistenzugehörigkeit, leider zu wenig. Leicht herber Abgang. Test vom 30.5.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,10,11,10,-,10 - 9,21

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doriandlm (8) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2011 does not count
Bottle, poured into Orval chalice at Ange Gardien in September 2009. Sampled alongside Orval bottled March 11 2009, with a big portion of Orval Cheese. Pours slightly lighter and less hazy than Orval, topped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of caramel, light hops, and wild yeast; essentially typical Orval aroma but less intense. Dry on the palate, with brett, earthy notes, hops, and faint hints of caramel. Funky yeast lingers on the palate for a bit. Less intense than its brethren, but easy to drink and quite enjoyable, especially in these surroundings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2008 Vintage; Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
The beer pours with a long lasting, creamy textured, pale tan colored head that is larger bubbled than a regular Orval. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a copper hue in the Orval glass. This smells fairly hoppy smelling up front, but has a nice pale and lightly toasted malt character that follows this up. A deeper reflection of the nose reveals some musky notes, a touch of phenolics and some light plastic notes that clearly are derived from the Brettanomyces influence.

The beer feels very fizzy and bubbly as it hits my mouth, much of this is because this is on the warm side, and the finish has a huge bitterness to it, especially considering the light body and fizzy texture. A touch of grassy pale malt character is noticeable up front and the beer finishes with a nice biscuit like note. This is really quite hoppy too with a solid herbal character, the really nicely biting bitterness and even a touch of lemon-zest character being noticeable. I am quite enjoying how light bodied and refreshing this is.

In the end it is the refreshing balance that this beer achieves that makes this enjoyable; it has a nice mix of herbal hop character, a balanced bitter hop character, mixing with the pale malt character and all tied together by the creamy, yet fizzy texture.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
THank you Joe T. for sharing this bottle this eve...no aroma blows up to mineral/pop-rocks cherry Orval aroma on a nearly-gilded aroma pour with off-white head...flavor of integrated best champagne components with mineral and cherry richness that dries out (and belies low alcohol).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of joet (via Phil_L). Thanks, Joe! Pours a murky, orange-amber color; creamy, fine-bubbled, off-white head with solid retention and lacing. Hugely yeasty, minerally, musty aroma; nicely dry, slightly tart, loads of horseblanket and must; really funky nose. Medium-light body; modest carbonation; lightly creamy; slightly watery on the palate, honestly; lively, complex, musty yeast character is the most dominant note throughout: horseblanket, light citrus, and huge amounts of minerals; very dry core, and dry almost to the point of chalkiness or light astringency; tasty stuff, especially for how small-bodied this is; lovely, musty, funky stuff; a great, clear example of "horseblanket" without the intense funkiness or acidity; very dry core; lovely stuff. Lasting mineral-focused finish: dough, toastiness, lightly bitter; very hard water.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into Orval chalice at Ange Gardien in September 2009. Sampled alongside Orval bottled March 11 2009, with a big portion of Orval Cheese.

Pours slightly lighter and less hazy than Orval, topped with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of caramel, light hops, and wild yeast; essentially typical Orval aroma but less intense. Dry on the palate, with brett, earthy notes, hops, and faint hints of caramel. Funky yeast lingers on the palate for a bit. Less intense than its brethren, but easy to drink and quite enjoyable, especially in these surroundings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Rating #2000. #2000 Cookout. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to Borresteijn. Dark golden orange, whitish cover that never gets are rocky or billowy as the older brother but is still good looking. Aroma is florals, lavender light bretty, just a small Orval beer in every way. The taste is spicy hops, florals, good bit of bread and a lightly bretty dry finish with a touch of funk on this bottle that is probably a couple of years old. The finish lends a definite wateriness which should be expected in such a small beer but I didn’t really detect much emptiness in the aroma, just light aromas. Overall, I found it much much better than the Chimay Doree.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2010
To say it was like as watered down Orval os probably a little too simple, but that’s essentially what we’re dealing with here. The regular Orval is pretty close to sessionalbe as far as ABV goes, but this, at 3.5%, is something I could drink a lot of. If you like Orval, you’ll like this, but just a little less. Huge thanks to lithy for letting me sample this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light barnyard notes with dry hops and some light tart notes also noticeable. Taste is also a very nice mix between some barnyard notes with some tart notes and a dry lightly hoppy finish. Body is more watery then the regular version with great carbonation. Still very much good though I can feel that this is a watered down version of the original.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle at DHL. Pours light amber coloured with a thin white head. Floral aroma with notes of barnyard, caramel and brett. Dry flavour with notes of citrus, caramel, brett and bitter hops.


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