mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
imdownthepub (10325) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JoeinDahlem (1328) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
maxbeer (118) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[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 :-)
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.