Belgium > Villers-devant-Orval
Borresteijn (158) 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 butcherís 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 youíre 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.
thanatosti (5) , 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 líAnge 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 líAnge 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 (695) 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 donít 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 (72) 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 (14) 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.
Dedollewaitor (334) Odense, Denmark | September 7, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Jonge and Petit Orval. If you sit outside you can see the monastery. I was surprised how commercial it was and the number of tourists there were visitng. Bought a 12 pack of Orval at the shop for 16 Euroís. Not the cheapest Orval in Belgium funny enough. The man in the shop told be that Petit Orval never had been bottled. I told him it wasnt true and we almost had a big embarrasing argument going on. Long away from Antwerp/Brussels (200Km). If located there it is a 1 day trip. Food at Ange Garden is delicious.
BelgBeerGeek (33) Antwerp, Belgium | August 15, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice ( tough modern ) place thatís very nice to have a drink and grab something to eat ( of the very good menu btw ! ) when youíre visiting the Abbey.
The beer altough offocurse Orval only has 2 beers is great and the food , if you offcourse like Abbey cuisine / Belgian food is very good ! very nice place , must say that !
Bryne (280) Bryne, Norway | July 27, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The trappist Abbey is a must visit for all beer geeks although it is a bit outside the beaten track in Belgium. The Orval beer is widespread and is even easy to get in Norway! But, I came to try Petit Orval (Orval Vert) fresh from tap. A lovely beer! At Ratebeer it is listed as 3,5 % and at Ange Gardien as 4,5 %. To bad that the service was extremely slow. Sitting by a table for 10-15 minutes waiting to order a beer is way to long. The place was not crowded at all. My message: Hurry up! (Visited July 3rd 2012)
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