Belgium > Villers-devant-Orval
Beer Available At A L’Ange Gardien (arranged by most recent)
Petit Orval 86, Orval 99
Borresteijn (204) 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.
Bamsen78 (150) 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 (326) 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 (35) 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 (100) 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 (223) 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 (715) 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 (31) 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 (795) 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.
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