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


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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2008
Orval, Belgium Bottled - no label Orange colour with white head Fresh - orange and carbon-acidity Nice bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
erickok (5449) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2016
Finally made the pilgrimage and so my opinion is very much coloured. But this is absolutely awesome. So much flavour at this abv, and hugely hoppy! Fresh, vibrant yet already with great fermentation qualities. I adore it. (On tap at l’Ange Gardien)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2008
Amazing. Bottle, 33 cl. Saterday 02.08.’08 on terras @ l’Angen Gardien close to the Abbey. Hazy amber-orange color, good off-white head. Aroma yeasty, fruity, hops. Medium body. Taste is very low differnce to the Orval from 6.2 %. Nevertheless, this very easy to drink beer with only 3.5% ABV is marvellously complex. For me the best beer with only 3,5 % !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (599) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 1, 2015
Golden honey coloured. Very cloudy. Thick ivory head. Intense aromas of honey, orange, passion fruit, peach, yeast and cake. Much easier than its older sibling (Orval), less secondary than it. It actually smells like a mix between a regular Orval and an american IPA. Dry, pungent and sizzling. Fresh and bitterish. Medium-lasting. Nice, but not as interesting as Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Light amber, effervescent with a puffy cream head, moderate lacing. Light medicine and dusty yeast, bit of grass and hop in the nose along with some peppery dough. Flavor is dry, dusty, doughy, bit more grain and hop, faint yeast shooting in and out. Creamy from start to finish, this is great stuff, reminiscent of the regular, and while less compelling or refined, it’s uniquely dry and light in its own regard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vipinvelp (3880) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2179) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2006
Bottled at the cafe close to the monastery. Cloudy orange golden coloured, big head. Yeasty and fruity, hop-bitterness. Of course everyone is comparing this one to the ’real’ Orval, which has a flavour quite similar. This one closely resembles its bigger brother, although in finish the difference becomes really obvious. Nevertheless, this very easy to drink beer with only 3.5% ABV is marvellously complex and probably the best low alcohol beer i know.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Pours a bright golden orange with a creamy pillowy off white head. Wonderful orval yeast, plastic and medicinal note, faint spice, juicy lemon and light lime note. Some citrusy orange hops in back. The taste has that somehow pleasant medicinal/plastic orval yeast, extremely unique, light spice to it and a well integrated citrus melody behind. Juicy lemon and light citrus with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Light body and very airy, very dry and gentle carbonation. Very complexy and extremely drinkable, awesome balance and so well integrated. Could drink 10!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidBe (71) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2015
Ik vind dit echt een bijzonder verrijkend bier, heb er uiteindelijk vierhonderd kilometer moeten voor rijden maar het was het zeker waard. Je proeft echt een groot verschil met de normale orval. Bijzonder verfrissend en smaakvol biertje. Stevige dorstlesser, heel jammer dat dit bier niet in de reguliere handel te verkrijgen is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
Light amber color; generous creamy head, incredible lace.
The classic Orval aroma, hoppy, herbal, almost spicy.
Weak body strength; less bitter and dry than <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID=1 Dorée, but much better hop character, difficult to describe as it is unique, easy to define as it is Orval !!.
Absolutely drinkable; wonderful style, I love it. Thanks Jacob.

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