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 (8813) - 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 (4008) - 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 (5016) - , 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 (3575) - 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 (15625) - 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.
Koelschtrinker (12448) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
Doriandlm (8) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2011 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.