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


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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2014
Comment critiquer une Orval même si elle est « petite » ou « verte » ? Il existe des sacrilèges à ne pas commettre... Mais voilà, il faut dire que cette bière n’est pas quand même comme sa grande sœur.... On la trouve donc à l’Ange Gardien, un beau programme, et on choisit la contenance. Elle titre à 4,5 % abv. Couleur ambre moyen. Clarté avec le léger trouble habituel. Bulles moyennes à faibles (pourtant à la pression !). Mousse blanche à gros flocons, épaisse et crémeuse en haut. Arômes très pointus, avec de la coriandre et du clou de girofle. 1ère bouche trop enlevée en céréales avec une pointe lactée, qui l’empêche d’accéder à la profondeur. 2ème bouche qui reste sur le côté aqueux …avec une légère pointe d’épice et de poivre. 3ème comme qui dirait, avec seulement le goût de l’Orval (un peu comme le Canada Dry …). La longueur présente un côté sirop qui ressort et reste en bouche. La levure est assez incluse et bien dans la ligne. L’alcool est indéfini. La finale n’offre aucun décollage, sauf sur les parois du verre !!! Conclusion : une bière « copie » qui est un relent de ce qu’étaient les bières de moines à une certaine époque, bière de table donc, sans prétention autre que d’accompagner le repas. Gardons surtout à l’esprit (et aux lèvres) la « vraie » Orval …, même si 6,2 % ne représente qu’un écart de 1,7 % … Toute la différence est dans les saveurs...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Shared bottle kindly provided from the cellar by the manager of t’Bierhuyske. Green cap and no label. Clear sparkling golden body with a small white head. Watery and thin mouth, light to medium bodied. Spicy Belgo yeast nose and mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (7707) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle at Akkurat, vintage 2002. Amber with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, some fruit, berries and some funk. The taste was on the light side with notes of funk, bread, yeast, berries and some spices. Quite low carbonation and with a dry finish. A descent one especially considering only 3,5% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
33cl bottle at Akkurat. 2002 Vintage as Cuvée Akkurat. It pours a slightly hazy amber colour with an almost non existent white thin head. Aroma is dusty and vinegarish with some earthy funky notes and red berries. Taste is toasted bread, red berries and some acidic tone. Some mild funk and zestiness. Quite clean dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. I bet it tastes very different from the fresh version but this bottle stood the test of time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1499) - ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
On draught at a L’ange Gardien. Bitter, ’green’, and crisp. Cloudy orange-brown with a good creamy head. Hoppy. The aroma is also hoppy, but not overdone. Fair, but inferior to normal Orval.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12387) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle. Amber color, hazy. White pepper, leather, citrus and floral hops in the complex aroma. Thin, but also an amazingly compelx flavor for such a light beer. White pepper, citrus, floral hops, nutmeg. Bretty notes. World class!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2013
Glass, at Brasserie d’Orval, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: light clouded amber beer, nice stable off white head. NOSE: fruity, watery, green hops, grass. TASTE: bitter, watery, bitter, hoppy aftertaste, Hallertau? In general, decent, but watered down Orval IMO

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2013
Bottled at the Leiderkerke Beer Festival. Cloudy amber-orange with a tall, fine head. Funky Orval nose (1-2 years or so I suppose), grassy, citrus hop, brett, caramel. Just a bit fainter than the regular, but look and nose is about the same. Light body and flavor, but good brett character and hop bitterness. Light, crisp citrus, grass, funk. Excellent. Obviously properly aged. Even more so than the Chimay Doree, the ultimate session beer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1478) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Vacation 2013 @ Virton, Belgium. 25 cl. glass on tap @ A l’Ange Gardien. Hazy amber with a white head. Floral aroma. Slightly more yeasty and less hoppy than the regular Orval but still a great beer. I could drink this all day long but regrettably we had to go after 3 glasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (817) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2013
Karnemelk-like malts, light hops, less sweetness, less body, some more sourness, lighter, more watery (more refreshing!) A lighter Orval, but lacking some of the Orval character.

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