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

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Unmarked 33cL bottle at LíAnge Gardien on 9/12/06. Pours just as beautifully as itís big brother, big pillow foam atop a nice amber colored beer, retention is average and the lacing is world class. Very much reminds me of Orval turned down to 7 (instead of itís usual 11), still has all the trademarks, subtle hoppiness, nice tartness, perfect maltiness all just slightly muted. A bit drier maybe and surprisingly nowhere near as light in palate as I was expecting for a 3.5% beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2007
Clear light amber beer with only a smale white head. Fresh citrusaroma. Also a bit hoppy and yeasty in the nos. Sweet maltiness in the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
Bottle conditioned at Cafe Ange Gardien, Villers devant Orval, Belgium. Amber with big white head. The bottle is unlabelled, the difference indicated by the Green badge on the glass rather than Blue, I love these traditions. Thinner version of the big brother but still hoppy, juicy, mid malt with a apricot fruitiness. Short finish but very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1328) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2007
Copper color is less hazy than its big brother. Lightly floral and yeasty aroma. Flavor is light, dry and dusty, with very mild hops and carbonation. Damn refreshing, especially after a hot day exploring the abbey ruins. And I do wish there were more tasty beers with lower alcohol levels.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2007
A Mes rate: What a treat! Every single bit what I hoped it would be. A downable and mellow Orval. Itís never going to be a huge scorer but itís a fantastic beer and at 3.5% perfectly sessionable. I WWWWISH!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
Although it has not much alcohol in it, his taste is still very unique as his stronger brother. And even thid beer you can drink after years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
Dark golden body, creamy thick white head; Very Orvalish great nose, not as big as the "normal" Orval; The body is a bit thin/watery, quite bitter; Hoppy, bretty aromas in a very long finish, a bit thin. Great very fresh beer, perfect summer beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
From the cafe near the abbey. Clear copper color. Effervescent. Decent head although not nearly as large as the head on regular Orval given similar pours. Very mild aroma. A touch of hops in the nose. No real discernible brett aroma--Iím not sure if they use brett in the Petite Orval. Small malt aroma and flavor. Very nice subdued beer. Good medium mouthfeel. I could drink this beer all night. Remarkable flavor and complexity for such a small beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2006
[Bottle at TNT pub in Bibbiano near Siena] Yes it seems just a watered down Orval but nevertheless the character of the bigger sister comes trough... and that is enough to make it a good beer :-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at Ange Gardian, the Abbeyís tavern, a light brown with some carbonation and a large bubbly off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma, some vinuous notes - impressive for 3.5%. Smooth and light palate - some carbonation again. Sweet and juicy flavours at first, then dry and hoppy in the refreshing short finish. Lucky monks.


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