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Val-Dieu Blond - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-04-2002)
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Annesemj

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-16-2011 01:47:21 | More by Annesemj
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stevoj

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-27-2012 22:39:14 | More by stevoj
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finepaws

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another on tap at Flying Saucer. Poured a light, slightly cloudy, lemon yellow. Huge white head hung around forever. Thick on the sides til the end. Floral hoppy smells. Tastes wheaty, and fruity, like a hefe'. The slight hoppy flavor balances this one to a tight rope perfection. I love La Fin Du Monde, and have always wanted to try delereum. But this is what we get in NC. You can't beat a belgium in my book. This rocks! Went to the Common Market after leaving the saucer, and picked up 2 more. Thanks CM for staying open till 2am on the weekends!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 03:10:46 | More by finepaws
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-06-2012 20:46:34 | More by RBorsato
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-04-2013 02:50:02 | More by WOLFGANG
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.9 oz bottle pour into St. Bernardus goblet

A: Pale golden, cloudy and full of nice little bit of yeast. About a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring and nice little floating clouds. Very nice lacing.

S: Sweet, with nice juicy citrus note, and a hint of light pepper.

T: A nice mix of sweet and sour citrus, little spicy and the end. Very balanced, with a little yeast and hops hanging in the aftertaste. Very nice mix over all.

M: I thought the carbonation might be pretty high when I opened and poured it and I was right. Very crisp and fizzy in the mouth, but all of that calms down as it warms. As it settles in the feel is warmer and smoother. As I finished it the feel was downright wonderful.

D: Pretty low ABV for a Belgian brew, with all the great Belgian feel and taste. I could drink this all day.... Wonderful beer.

Give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:36:09 | More by mralphabet
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold. Thick creamy cap of foam that laces like a MF.

S: Green apples, pear, citrus, spice, bananas, pepper, vanilla, and herbal grassy hops.

T: Flavors of oranges/lemons, green bananas, white pepper, herbs, tart green apples, sweet juicy pears, and cut grass hops. Pleasant yeast flavors. Very nice drying malt quality that further emphasizes the hop profile.

M: Thinnish and sharp upon initial pour. The body thickens considerably as it comes up to temp.

D: An excellent combination of sweet and tart fruit, herbal hoppiness, tasty yeast, and just the right amount of malt. I see myself coming back to this many times in the future. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:40:57 | More by GbVDave
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brewdenver

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy for a blonde. Medium head with strong finger and medium lacing. Smell is subtle with hints of fruit, my allergies are acting up so its a bit tough to get a good feel of the aroma. Very refreshing to drink; this is even better than the St. Bernadus witbier in terms of a nice summer drinking beer. I just hope I can find this somewhere. I got this in a gift pack. Carbonation is pleasant not to much. This is one of the best blondes I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 19:13:37 | More by brewdenver
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asabreed

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle served in an Abbey du Val-Dieu oversized wine glass (that I received with the gift pack, so I figured I should try out the glass with a proper brew).

Appearance: Oversized wine glasses certainly do make the brews look beautiful. Hazy dry straw yellow with many bubbles floating toward the top. The head's currently refusing to dissipate, sitting at about 1" for more than 5 minutes now. Very very nice.

Smell: Burst of citrus and phenols come from the head and the beer as it warms and the head starts to dissipate. Extremely earthy and musty tones come from the yeast. Some lemon grass, citrus zest, and slight candi sugar. Fruitiness from the malt can be discerned too, as a combination of some tropical fruit, banana, and slight bubblegum. Slight esters are there upon warming also. I don't really get much hops at all, but that's not a big deal I suppose.

Taste: Tons of malt at the forefront of the first sip. Tropical fruit, citrus, slight bubblegum and banana, and phenols come through near the finish. Esters also are very up front, and come through more in the taste than the aroma. Finishes slightly sweet, a tad sour, and the finish is long, then becomes dry, then melds into a nearly-perfect blend of slight hops and all the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty silky and velvety, but not as full as I thought it was going to be with all the malt and sugars. A smooth burst of carbonation makes the end of the swallow very nice.

Drinkability: An excellent BPA, and certainly one of the best I've tried. I actually think, both for the price and the taste, this is better than Orval, and I certainly recommend it. It's balanced, complex, tasty, and it looks fantastic in an oversized wine glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 19:47:28 | More by asabreed
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew thanks to brewandbbq.

Pours a barely closy yellow with a thin white head. Smooth flavor that maintains nice sweet tones that don't go overboard but stay consistent. Not overly complex, but definitely nice. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is actually coming off as soft. That is the biggest thing I have noticed on this beer: the carbonation. Definitely softer and more refined than any American production of the same style. Shows how know-how and experience can trump passionate zeal. A very east drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:05:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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marc77

California

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Formidably thick, mountainous, ivory - white head tops a slightly hazy golden hued effervescent brew. Belgian lace is left. Tart, unripe fruit is perceived in aroma at first, but sweet honey & cider quickly round it out. The overall flavor profile is of mellow residual sweetness due to the low hop bitterness, but lemony esters & mild clove add complexity. Moderately bodied w/ sufficient residual dextrins to lend a full mouthfeel. Finishes w/ quickly fading sweet residual sugar and tart ester combination. Val - Dieu Blond exhibits excellent drinkability & overall smoothness. There should be more Belgian "session" beers like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 06:45:46 | More by marc77
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2 brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Nearly clear with a bright pale golden colour, yeast was still a bit unsettled in the bottle and did make it way into the glass but not to the point of making the beer cloudy. Cake like head floats on top and sticks all over.

Smell: Light peppery herbal aroma with malt sweetness in the back, suggestions of ripe tangerine juice and juicy fruit bubble gum in the nose also.

Taste: Multi texture mouth feel, creamy and viscous carbonation with a medium body. Spicy up front with the crispness of the carbonation, yeast and hops meld together to bring for an other complexity to the spicy character. Fruitiness flows through with hints of apple peel and unripe plantains. Fresh sweet grain in the palate, graininess seems to be everlasting and wades far into the finish. Mildly estery with a light warming alcohol.

Notes: Tight and complex with a delicate side and some snappy spiciness from the hops and yeast byproducts also. A Belgian Blonde I’d go back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2002 23:19:28 | More by Jason
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy gold with a modest head that dissipates slowly. Smells of malt and tangerine. Taste is quite smooth and well balanced, medium-bodied with good carbonation. Esters present themselves throughout and lead to a finish that leaves you wanting more. A very tasty and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:47:40 | More by techdiver
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into val-dieu glass

A: pours cloudy dark yellow, not much head due to very conservative pour into the seemingly small branded glass. swirled to form a thin white head that actually hung around a bit.
S: sweet malt, sort of sourdough starter like yeast
T: again with the sourdough, sweet bread/cracker. lemon, slight fruitiness. im tempted to have a taste with the yeast stirred up. (yeast adds too much of the bready flavors)
M: light carbonation, crisp but with slight carbonation bite on the front of the tongue.
D: simple, would be good next step for someone new to beer

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 08:39:54 | More by rootbeerman
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold-honey color, fairly murky and forms a beautifull 2 finger cap of very active carbonation. You can actually hear the action of the bubbles and carbonation as it is has been set free after being kept in that tight confining bottle. It leaves a thick and lush foam lace on chalice.

Smell is light floral and honey with some grassiness too.
Taste is fruity, malty, and tart. Very nicely balanced though.

Mouthfeel is really fabulous but maybe just a tad too foamy.
Drinkability is the one weakness of this beer-it would be hard to have more than a couple. Might have better drinkability as part of a meal.

I tried it on-tap at ACPH for the BBF pre-party and it was even a little better on-tap than in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 15:52:27 | More by rousee
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Patrick999

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, a birthday gift from my brother.

Poured a cloudy gold into a tulip glass. Nice head, but really excellent lacing. Beautiful and classy-looking beer.

Smell is a bit understated, like a pilsner with some Belgian yeast, unsurprising given the pilsner malts and Saaz hops in this beer.

Taste - wow, quite nice. A little spicy phenolic kick with copious sweet pilsner malt and gentle hops. Reminds me of a less intense Duvel.

Mouthfeel, drinkability - well carbonated, but doesn't seem filling in the slightest. A little sweet but never cloying. Sits well on the tongue and easy in the stomach. Exceptionally easy to drink - if I was to session a Belgian ale, this would be a fine choice indeed. Big-time props to my brother for picking this out for me; it's right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 21:09:23 | More by Patrick999
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in a chalice

A- a slightly murky golden color with strong carbonation and a pure white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edge

S- Very yeasty bready aroma with hints of honey just a touch of fruity esters aswell

T- very good honey/ pils malt upfront with some fruitiness finishes with a light hop spiciness to finish. No hot alcohol tones but a dry finish

M- it has a somewhat cream perhaps more bubbly mouthfeel that is pretty smooth. No alcohol warmth or tartness at all.

D- this is a very smooth beer with a light malty sweetness. It is very clean tasting and makes it a very pleasant session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 00:13:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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Marius

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-12-2013 08:10:43 | More by Marius
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-02-2013 02:02:38 | More by jaydoc
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kurgan3

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-04-2012 22:01:16 | More by kurgan3
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Bellonc

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-17-2014 19:23:12 | More by Bellonc
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MDF

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-08-2013 14:24:46 | More by MDF
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-03-2013 22:35:28 | More by RochefortChris
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-12-2012 08:24:50 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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SGToliver

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-23-2013 09:15:14 | More by SGToliver
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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.