Bragesnak (5323) - 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 (2364) - 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 % !
MrChopin (2927) - 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.
jerohen (1959) - 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 (1164) - 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!
fiulijn (13445) - 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 (9756) - 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!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Ange Gardien next to the Abbey: Great deep orange color with hints of red with a small rocky layer of a head. - Yep like it’s brother. Nose is intense and hoppy - just like it*s brother. Alos hoppy and spicey, but it lacks the borthers’ bitterness. But come on people - think about it 3,5% and there is soooo much in it - this is true brewing art! This is the beautiful petit homebrew of God!
caesar (4622) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Ange Gardien at 100 m from the Abbey. Cloudy orange golden color, big off-white head. Aroma is bit fruity, some bubblegum, typical Orval but bit weaker. Also taste is typical Orval, but a bit weaker. Easy to drink that way, and as Orval is one of my favorite beers, I like this one too.
Martinus (2619) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy amber colour, firm off-white head. Aroma of hops, malty, light candy sugar, grass, yeast, citrus, lots of american hops. Bitter hoppy flavour, fresh malty sweet. Finish is bitter, hops, quite American hops.
Very fresh, almost ’green’ in flavour and aroma. It’s lighter than regular Orval, but doesn’t seem lacking the body. It was better than both the fresh and aged Orval at Ange Gardien, but it was also much fresher. This would definitely be my session beer of choice!
(Draught @ L’Ange Gardien, Orval)