Belgium > Villers-devant-Orval
Beer Available At A L’Ange Gardien (arranged by most recent)
Petit Orval 85, Orval 99
Borresteijn (208) Zaandam, 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.
larryLSB (65) La Selva Beach, California | July 18, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is a rating for the self guided tour around the monastery along with the restaurant. If you are there, make sure you walk the grounds as it is far worth the cost. What an experience from an historical aspect to see the remains of the original monastery. Nice gift shop to stop at and get beer or schwag. The restaurant itself offered a variety of Orvals (3 I recall!) and the food was decent. Had a 33cl of the aged Orval, mmm good!
Alengrin (75) , Belgium | June 21, 2015
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Orval’s restaurant, professionally run and probably the only place in Belgium where you can be sure to taste the green (’petit’) Orval - but do not go to this far-out place only for that, as this is probably just regular Orval diluted with water. The environment is beautiful, though, so if you visit the Orval abbey, make sure to stop by.
JStax (236) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | June 3, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
My wife and I visited the abbey in hopes of trying the famed Petit Orval and exploring the monastery grounds. We did just that. The grounds are really very beautiful, and we took many pictures. We also visited the shop inside the walls of the monastery. That is the busiest place we visited in our whole european vacation! I would place money that over 100 cases of Orval left the shop in the ten minutes we were there. People were bringing dolly’s in just to take their haul out. I’m not quite sure what that is all about, but it seemed very odd to me, especially since you can buy that beer almost everywhere in Belgium, and all over the world. But on to the review of A L’Ange Gardien. It is located near the beginning of a long road that leads to the abbey itself. Very modern inside and out, with quite a lot of seating. The ability to speak some french will go a long ways here. This is about the only place we had any real language barrier with speaking English. Fortunately, though, we were able to place our order for a beer and a sampling of their cheese. Our order came out very quickly. The beer was alright and the cheese was pretty good, especially the 18 month. Pricing was decent as well. We spent less than 10 Euro on the visit. If you are a fan of Orval, I recommend making this trek and spending a couple hours.
Bamsen78 (197) Sønderborg, Denmark | July 27, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Located just a hundred metres from the abbey, this modern and spacious restaurant is now the only place where you can taste Petit Orval, which I duly did. The staff are busy but they do their job well, and they obviously know all the differences between the Orvals they serve :-) The food is great - I had Plat "Terroir", a selection of local meats and cheese with some bread and pickles. Yummy. Not expensive and definitely worth visiting, even if you have tasted the beer before. The view from the terrace is just superb. I will gladly come back here.
JulienHuxley (344) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | July 20, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Restaurant that takes care of dining and drinking the hordes of tourists that make it to Orval. The beer selection is great, you can have old Orval (bottle), young Orval (bottle) or Petit Orval (tap) - what more can you want? The food is pretty bad, cafeteria level stuff, had some duck leg that was darn near inedible - probably should have gone with the orvaliflette, potatoes bacon and Orval cheese can’t go wrong. The service was pretty pro, nice and efficient. They have a shop with some cool merch as well, but the abbey is much better for that. Good place to drink some Orval.
VDuquerroux (43) Airvault, France | July 15, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Just a few yards next to Orval Abbey. Beautiful view from the patio. Nice modern restaurant. Proper glassware. OK service. Petit Orval or "Orval vert" can only be drink here. Always a pleasure to stop there to drink an Orval with the sound of bells and fresh aromas from the Ardenne forest. A "return to roots" and a place of pilgrimage for me.
JefVerstraete (109) Ghent, Belgium | July 3, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Modern and touristy place in Orval. Only place where you can try petit Orval. Service ok but not exceptional.
vipinvelp (254) 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 (724) 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 (32) 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.
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