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

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


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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--I’m 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (219) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
On tap, 33cL. @Ange_Gardien, near the Abbaye. I drank this beer before : light, sour, disappointing. But NOW that’s something totally different ! The receipe changed (the waiter confirmed me this!) Color is brown on top, orange at the bottom. Creamy off-white head with a good persistence. Beautiful ! Poured chilled. Fruity aroma (citrus), herbs, a bit acid and smoky. Delicious. First sweet then medium dry bitter with a sharp sour note. Medium body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation, dry finish with a sour note. Overall, the taste triangle of Orval is definitely there (sweet/bitter/sour) with a delicious fruity/herbal aroma. This Petit Orval looks more like her famous big sister : more fruity, less complex in the taste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (5998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske, pours a clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is pretty funky, with typical Orval yeast, though a lot more restrained. Flavour is very much the same, with a very feet-like funk to it. Since regular Orval isn’t really my thing, this is even less thrilling to me sadly. Not my thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2640) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle (330 ml) @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Vintage 2008. Clear bright golden with a medium creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is of brettanomyces, herbal and floral presence, mineral notes and a fruity touch. Taste is mild, but elegant with leathery brettanomyces, herbal/floral notes, a light but efficient malt backbone, light mineral presence and a mild lingering bitter finish. Light body. A tad watery. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Very tasting and super refreshing/quenching. I would drink a ton of this during summer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2934) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
Bottle at DHVL, 2008 vintage. Clear gold pour with lacy, creamy white head. Very aromatic despite it’s diluted nature, earth, brett, leather. Taste is a bit watery, but still has a really tasty earthy notes, quite grainy with a long bitter finish. Palate is light and bone dry, very refreshing. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2380) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2014
special @ DHVL. Golden, sticky head, unlabeled bottle. Lots of honey and grape skin on the nose. No cardboard at all. Sweet finish of grapes. Honey, grain , cereal and burlap sack.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vipinvelp (2068) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
Opaque golden orange yellow with thick lasting, lacing off-white foam head. Aroma is mixture of hop and sweet fruity tones. Taste is perfect, understand why the monks want this for themselves. Bitter, but not too much. Very nice beer. (L’Ange Gardien 201404)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Staffan47 (857) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Present från en kille i Belgien (present from a guy that didn´t want me to wright his name here. Thanks for the bottle anyway!). Skeptisk och svår ingång relaterat till tidigare trauma med vanliga Orval. Gyllene med fräsande skum. Frisk suringdoft med tydligt brett. Bra tempererad, men väldigt brettdominerad. Jobbig beska och lite inslag av såpa. Viss örtighet som känns humlerelaterad. Häftig raritet!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (2952) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
(backlog) Bottle(3.5%). Nice golden pour with some light head. Very familiar funky orval aroma. Malty, nutty, sweet tones with some funk and oxidation. May have been less dull when it was fresher.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (573) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
Bu à la pression en 25cl, couleur ambrée très trouble avec une bonne mousse bien compacte, très amère en début de bouche, on ressent une attaque maltée qui continue sur la fleur d’oranger. Rien à voir avec l’Orval classique à essayer !

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (566) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 6, 2014
Bu à la pression, 4,5% abv, un peu d'amertume, des agrumes présents au nez et au palais mais surtout le fait de savoir que cette bière ne peut être bue qu'à un seul endroit dans le monde ! Une dégustation agréable et fraîche même si elle ne vaut évidemment pas l'Orval classique


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