Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled - no label
Orange colour with white head
Fresh - orange and carbon-acidity
Jerre (2888) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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 % !
huineman (397) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
vipinvelp (2765) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
cpetrone84 (1678) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
VDuquerroux (608) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber color, hazy. White pepper, leather, citrus and floral hops in the complex aroma. Thin, but also an amazingly compelx flavor for such a light beer. White pepper, citrus, floral hops, nutmeg. Bretty notes. World class!