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

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RATINGS: 155   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.


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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Csouye (44) - OLNE, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2014
Little sister, but a great one! You can drink her till the end of the life!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2822) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Pour is hazy orange with a big white head and great lacing. Bug medicinal, grassy, hoppy, some band-aid, doughy and herbal aroma. Taste is very dry, tropical fruity, band-aid, lemony, grassy, orange, and fruit rind with a lightly bitter finish. Light body with high carbonation. I dig the dry, effervescent characteristics of this one. Not as good as the normal, but one cool tick. Thanks again man!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks Eric! Pours a hazy yellow orange appearance with an off white head. Some funk and floral notes to go with some salsa and veggie notes. A bit twangy and grassy. Chewy, dry and herbal. Pretty refreshing. Maybe meant to be drank a fresher but still kind of fun.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Experiment_Ale (1042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is a little vegetative earth hops. Taste is celery, tomato, clean mud, light belgium yeast, dry.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2014
The ’green’ Orval, a remnant of the second World War and now the monks’ own "refter beer" - in other words, the beer for daily use. Limited production and very hard to find, I had it from a bottle once and a second time from tap at L’Ange Gardien. Loose, off-white head, colour a deep amber, the same as the ’big’ Orval but a tad paler. Aroma and taste are basically the same, but everything in a more subdued, diluted way, less outspoken, as if you would pour mineral water into an ordinary Orval. A bit sweeter perhaps too, but the aftertaste shows the same dry-hopped effect, long and bitter. Bit thin mouthfeel due to the low ABV. Not sure if this is a different recipe, as the monks claim; to me, this did seem like an Orval diluted with water. But still, it remains an Orval!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Unlabeled bottle courtesy of kraddel. Nice color, excellent head retention and lacing. Subtle malts, plenty of hops (though a bit aged), mildly herbal, dry as a bone. A bit one-dimensional, not really my thing.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1247) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Net zoals bijna al die trappistenbieren die voor de paters zijn (zoals ook de Westmalle extra en die van achel enzo) is dit ook weer een bier met weinig alcohol maar ook weinig smaak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3310) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Draught @ À L’Ange Gardien, Orval. Pours cloudy amber with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit, malt ans flowers. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with notes of citrus, malt and yeast. Bitter and estery aftertaste with acidic notes. A very nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VDuquerroux (338) - 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 (6873) - 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.


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