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

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Bontus' rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bontus (665) - Flanders, - AUG 21, 2012
Draught @ L’Ange Gardien, Orval. Pours amber orange dark golden, shiny beige head. Looks the same is regular Orval. Nose of dry noble hops, grass and herbs. Imo more hoparoma than regular Orval (the monks are just craving for a light IPA). Alcohol percentage 4,5% said the menu. Taste is primarily yeast/dough, with good carbonation, finish is bitter with a touch of sourness. It is a bit lighter than its big brother, but it’s the perfect session ale, hands down.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8092) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
Bottle purchased from Kraddel at the bar he works at in Antwerp early 2014, consumed at home. Easter Monday 6th April 2015 Drinking this alongside a regular but very fresh standard Orval, looks wise they are startlingly similar, both are a hazy orange moving to brown with a slight glow and a handsome puffy, swiftly departing head. If I had of had this as a standalone Orval I have to confess that my suspicions may not have easily been aroused, it’s very similar in taste, it’s a great beer, but having the luxury to compare you realise it is a little thinner in the mouth, a little less sweet and not as malty (not that the original is that malty btw) I rather like this version, interestingly I’d had this before but never got round to rating it. A7 A5 T7 P3 Ov15 3.7

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
April 3, 2015. Bottle at home, received as a gift, thanks!
Cloudy dark orange with a small dense creamy off.white head, Aroma is lots of barnyard, stable, earth, citrus and passionfruitfruity. Taste is light tart, light sweet fruity and earthy, taste is a bit more diluted compared to the regular one, light bodied with average carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (36) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1939) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Beautiful, orangebrown beer with a dense, big and beige head. Aroma has lots of green apples and sourness, some bananas, other fruits also, lether and earthyness. Taste is quite sour, green apples, spices, fruits, dry lether, strong herbs in the end. Medium bodied, strong and smooth carbonation. The great beer wtih lots of same notes as in the normal Orval. Complex and enjoyable, very tastefull.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Csouye (51) - 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 (3129) - 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 (9727) - 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 (1072) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 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 (1306) - 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.


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