Steve_0 (3745) - 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!! cubs (10640) - 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. Experiment_Ale (1098) - 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. Alengrin (5424) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2016 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, which is possibly what it is. But still, it remains an Orval! brystmar (1314) - 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.
mikske79 (1668) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Net zoals bijna al die trappistenbieren die voor de paters zijn (zoals ook de Westmalle extra en die van achel enzo) is dit ook weer een bier met weinig alcohol maar ook weinig smaak. Bamsen78 (5451) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Draught @ À L’Ange Gardien, Orval. Pours cloudy amber with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit, malt ans flowers. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with notes of citrus, malt and yeast. Bitter and estery aftertaste with acidic notes. A very nice one. VDuquerroux (1717) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 On tap, 25cL. @Ange_Gardien, near the Abbaye. I drank this beer before : light, sour, disappointing. But NOW that’s something totally different ! The receipe changed (the waiter confirmed me this!) A brown orange opaque beer with a big foamy off-white head, good retention. Fruity aroma (lemon, lime, light tropical fruits), herbs, resin, light spice. Medium dry bitter refreshing, light sweet. Light to medium body, thin silky texture, average carbonation, bitter lasting finish, light spicy. Overall, a great hoppy beer tasted in front of Notre Dame d’Orval (+1), much hoppier than the classic Orval ; no triangle taste there (sweet/bitter/acid), nevertheless highly drinkable :) mcberko (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske, pours a clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is pretty funky, with typical Orval yeast, though a lot more restrained. Flavour is very much the same, with a very feet-like funk to it. Since regular Orval isn’t really my thing, this is even less thrilling to me sadly. Not my thing. tom10101 (6133) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle (330 ml) @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Vintage 2008. Clear bright golden with a medium creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is of brettanomyces, herbal and floral presence, mineral notes and a fruity touch. Taste is mild, but elegant with leathery brettanomyces, herbal/floral notes, a light but efficient malt backbone, light mineral presence and a mild lingering bitter finish. Light body. A tad watery. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Very tasting and super refreshing/quenching. I would drink a ton of this during summer.