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


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RATINGS: 172   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (360) - , 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).

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5768) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5465) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2009
Bottle thanx to Jerre. A clear orange colored beer, with a little light beige head. The aroma has some woody notes with malts and spices. The taste is the thinner version of the other Orval. It has several fruits, like citrus and grapes. It is a little hoppy with notes of wood. The aftertaste has some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12191) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2009
2008 bottle. Clear amber with a big and lasting white head. Lots of brett,m barnyard and grapefruit, in the aroma. Sweetish with a drying tartness. Clearly thinner than the regular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Rating from memory - the location alone (cafe just up from the entrance to the abbey, view of the brewhouse from my chair) wins a few points...and this is, after all, Orval. Has the same funky dry taste, the bready/fruity notes are much more subdued, and just overall thinner and not as complex tasting nor as dry on the finish. Would absolutely be my go-to session beer if it was even remotely available.

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