Belgium > Villers-devant-Orval
Borresteijn (166) Amsterdam, Netherlands | May 21, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited twice, a few years back and last year, but unfortunately it was closed for renovation the last time. Spaceous building, only visited the ground floor, big benches, lots of tiles (looks a bit like a big butcher’s shop), a very old-fashioned Belgian style bar. Had the Petit Orval and the regular Orval which were great, some Orval cheese (not really spectacular, rather tasteless). Of course this is a must-visit when you’re in the area, if only for the Petit Orval. The surroundings and the abbey are beautiful, absolutely worth the trip. Like Rastacouere said, if you want to visit just one Trappist brewery, Orval should be your choice.
vipinvelp (168) Velp, Netherlands | April 16, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A very modern restaurant, but linked to Orval monastery. But main thing is they serve Petit Orval, which one can only buy here. So 15 out of 15 in rating on selection. Service is OK, regular. Beer is perfect, so was omelet.
Oakes (625) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 22, 2014
46 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
This is a cafe near the monastery. The monastery itself is glorious, huge, old, ruins, big crates of beer and bricks of cheese. The cafe just down the road is kind of a let down. It has the atmosphere of a university cafeteria, with the disinterested service to match. You come here for the Orval Vert on tap, which at this point is just about the only way to get that beer. They also have some aged bottles of regular Orval, so theoretically you could put together a really cool tasting. But they haven’t really organized anything like that. What do I want? Atmosphere - like let me look at the monastery. Service - show some passion. These people are clearly jaded after so many tour buses. They have completely forgotten that they are in a beer pilgrimage site, serving one of the greatest beers ever made.
freretoc (18) Besançon, France | March 9, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Le cadre d’Orval est magnifique, et il est vraiment sympa à voir. Le restaurant n’a rien d’exceptionnel même si la nourriture à base de bière est sympa, cependant les moines ont encore beaucoup de boulot sur le fromage il devrait faire un échange culturel avec des moines fromagers français. En revanche pour les geeks de la bière c’est le paradis car il ya le petit Orval, seul Orval à la pression au Monde.
thanatosti (6) , Netherlands | January 3, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went there after visiting the Orval monastry to try the Petit Orval.
The service was a bit slow but when we eventually had our food and drinks we really enjoyed it.
brim (8) , Australia | November 12, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Auberge de l’Ange De Gardien was our first stop on a day of driving through southern Belgium and was a great way to start.
We were fortunate enough to have clear skies and shining sun while we wandered through the monastery and were then able to sit down and enjoy an Orval and try Petit Orval (which was actually better than expected).
Auberge de l’Ange De Gardien is extremely modern and clean cut which is in stark contrast to the monastery. The service was very good and we shared some cheese made using Orval beer which was just OK.
A must when in southern Belgium but not really a venue that you would need to return to.
Beershine (698) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 23, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
I agree with the previous rater fully. The cafe was a sinful disappointment after the monastery visit. I was literally in tears walking through the sublime atmosphere of the monastery, especially when able to sit down by the legendary fountain. A huge fan of archaeological ruins, I spent much time (several hours) with the exhibits and the site. Afterwards, I was looking forward to the liquid sustenance to correspond with the spiritual sustenance but felt like the cafe is a deliberate antipode to the monastery! The decor is horrible, but that could be forgiven if everything else was in order. Service was indifferent, and occasionally rude. Food is good when you consider that they have the three different monk cheese made at the monastery (so you don’t have to buy a whole kilo yourself) but otherwise the menu is uninspired. Worst yet, the beers (especially the bottles) are served way too cold. What are they thinking?? There was no ceremony, no reverence for the beer at all. It was a great honor to come for the Petite Orval but the lack of both atmosphere and sincerity left a bad taste in the mouth.
LomYst (12) Rotterdam, Netherlands | September 5, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
pretty lame bar, low on ambiance and full of old people visiting Orval and non-beerdrinkers... but hey, they serve Petit orval (and thus raising the selection grade...)
the food was good also!
greenclansman (75) Nicosia, Cyprus | July 17, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited after my Orval abbey visit. As a place its nothing special. Very nice location and natural environment. BUT if you are a beer geek, you must go there after your Orval Abbey visit. Its the only place you can try the Orval petit on draft.
sdcourtney (19) Berlin, Germany, | April 9, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited while driving through on the way from Germany to Paris. Nothing outstanding, but a must visit for beer geeks. Had some food and a draft Orval with the Family. Glad I stopped.
jvdijk99 (33) , Netherlands | October 18, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Petit Orval on draft, normal and old Orval in bottles. Great to have some beers and a meal after visiting the ruines. The food was nice too.
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