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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A shame. So much going for this brew, yet so little flavor. Poured out to an attractive golden color with some hints of cloudiness. Nice 1/8 inch foam head. Medium high level of carbonation. Aromas were very full and malty. Some fruit notes. Taste was, I hate to say, quite boring. Flavors? Hand to find actually. Some malt and spice, notes of citrus. Could be so much more. Mouthfeel was very bubbly and dry. Drinkability was below average. For what this cost, there are so many better Belgian ales out there.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji dove right into this. Really enjoyed it. Guess he found whatever I missed.

Frozensoul327, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of oqnid
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smeels more like a "Blanche" than a Pale Ale. Coriander and fruity spices are the first things I detect just by smeeling it. Faithful to it's Belgian look, this brew has the bottle fermentation appearence to it, you can see and almost feel it's roundness. Now the taste...heavy! You can actually feel it go down which you find more in a Trippel or a Malt beer than a Pale Ale(!?!)
Slite change of pace when your halfway done. This brew turns out to have a more "domestic" brew caracteristics to it. An appreciative bitterness when you take a sip but it doesn't stay as much as you'd like. Although this beer is fairly well balanced there is still something missing...IMO.

oqnid, Oct 30, 2002
Photo of cave27
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

cave27, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 9/9/09

A - poured a golden blonde with a short lived white head that diminished to a thin cap. Lovely Belgian lacing. Quite clear as well. 4.0

S - light pilsner malts, biscuits, apple cider, and that signature Belgian fruitiness. Hint of pears and white wine. 3.5

T - A bit one-dimensional for a beer, let alone a Belgian ale. Pilsener malt, slight hops, acidic, and light fruits. Not much else. 2.5

M - light bodied, highly carbonated to smoothness. Crisp and dry. 3.5

D - No wonder it's only $3.99. This was disappointing. 2.0

DmanGTR, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of stcules
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blond color, beautiful head, white and sticking. Very few bubbles.
At the smell a delicate malt, with white flowers and camomile. Breadcrust. A light white fruity (peach? Pear?). Roses. Overall, a ood smell.
The taste is more fruity, with pear, maybe even a little too much. Less fresh than the smell, more unbalanced toward the fruitiness, lightly too sweet. Ripe fruit.
In the aftertaste there is a better balancing, with fresher notes, floreal.
Overall, not bad. Unbalanced taste.

stcules, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Saind
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Saind, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Naerhu
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thick eggcream like head with amazing lacing and hazy yellow body.
S - Very strong candy sugar and belgian yeast aroma
T - No bitterness, light sweetness. Lightly floral, tastes like a very high wheat content. All around a mild brew.
M - medium body with belgian yeast silkyness.
D - Lacking inspiration, just too soft, sweet and mild.

Naerhu, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of SilentSabre
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has easily got to be the lightest Belgian I have ever had. Ever. I wasn't bad, and I haven't got anything really negative to say about it, but I wasn't exceedingly impressed, either. I looked good, and poured up like any other belgian blonde, or rather, almost looked like a hefeweizen. Pale yellow / orange colour, cloudy with sediment, monster white fluffy head. The smell was very, very muted. What smell there was, reminded me of a saison or a lambic with its musty, dank basement smell. A fantastic smell, but way too little of it. I was un-impressed. The taste was....well...average. It was pleasant, and I enjoied it, but it wasn't fantastic by any stretch. Just decent. The mouthfeel was very smooth, and I felt that this ale was carbonated well for the style. It was easy to drink and quite refreshing. I feel I could drink large volumes of this stuff. Overall, it wasn't bad. In fact, it would make a superlative summer ale. I just felt that it was exceptionally light, and as such, not my style.

SilentSabre, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of watchnerd
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Run of the mill Belgian style blond, with all the expected characteristics (yeasty, citrusy, quaffable) of the style, but not particularly noteworthy in any way. A good basic stock blond for every day drinking when you don’t need to impress anyone. If you’re in North America, one of the better domestic blondes may be just as serviceable, and cheaper.

watchnerd, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Lob, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 bottle. Had never heard of it, but it was on sale, so it went into the case. Cloudy straw golden color with huge head (especially the second pour) that lasted until the end of the glass. Light and uncomplex with a subtle aroma of straw and spice. Palate was subtle and varying as well, with the carbonation waking up the hop aroma and the notes of citrus.

GooberMcNutly, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer formed a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was cloudy with lively carbonation observed.The hue of this beer was straw yellow and its nose was that of clove, spices and fruits.The flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering effect.This beer had a smooth mouthfeel and it was light in body.There was a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

hotstuff, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a little disappointing for a Belgian blonde. It pours a golden yellow with a mostly clear hue. There isn't much head, some lacing going on, but let's get to the smell. This has a cidery citrus smell which is not all that appealling. For a Belgian blonde, it needs a fruitier, candied sugar smell which is missing here entirely. The taste is a bit thin, not as medium bodied or syrupy, for what I would come to expect in the style. There is some complexity to the taste, part lemon, part citrus, with other bits of sweetness in the middle, just too cidery for me. One of the previous reviewers mentioned vanilla cream, and yes that is probably what it is. There is some carbonation to this beer, probably more than I would have expected for a Belgian blonde, and it doesn't add to the experience, and probably detracts somewhat. The beer does grow on you a bit, but it is an okay beer, just too watery for my liking and not representative enough of the style for me to really enjoy it. There is some yeastiness in the aftertaste. Eh, keep looking.

albern, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a red wine glass. Pours an orangey/straw color that is cloudy and has a 1/2" semi-fizzy white head that leaves some nice lacing and never dissipates completely. The aroma consists of yeast, cloves, a hint of banana, some band-aid, a touch of nuts and a big earthy malt background. It tastes earthy with some spicy hops, a hint of fruitiness, and a tingly, medium body. Overall pretty average I would say, granted it is my first Belgian pale, but I've got a De Koninck waiting for me to compare it to.

mmmbeer, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving no visible lacing. Has a somewhat crisp, fruity aroma with hints of grape, apple, light raisin and pear. Flavor consists of these same light, crisp fruits with a sweet dry finish.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The abbey of Val-Dieu was built 1216 by Cistercian monks. They were looking for a valley with a stream for agricultural and brewing activities. Due to multiple hazards such as fire, destruction, expulsion of the monks during the Napoleonic revolution, Val-Dieu have not always been able to brew and limiting production. You can say that again.

Ok so in French two is actually deux, but work with me here. Val-Dieu’s Blond is nice Belgian Ale. Light in color but dark than most, the blond is not “too” transparent and when originally pours leaves a bit foamy head. The dissipates “too” quickly but leaves its mark and laces to the glass.

If you have a bottle turn it around. There should be a stamp in the right hand corner representing belgian brewers confederation. This provides proof of Belgian authenticity even though its made in France. I tried Val-Dieu twice to make sure I was tasting it fittingly. The sweet maltiness is not “too” overbearing and has a great biscuit flavor to it. It is a enjoyable beer to taste but lacks that wow flavor, maybe “too” little in body.

Take two. The spice flavors come out nicely in the aftertaste. Take it from the Belgians “to” make a great Belgian blond, just don’t take it to the French. Although this beer is good I think, I will limit myself to order just one. Ok make it two.

Oxymoron, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of mrfrancis
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, and grassy hops dominate the nose. As the beer warms, spicy, yeasty aromas gradually make their presence known.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, caramel, woody spice, biscuits, herbs, and pungent yeast wash across the palate. The finish is straight-forward with a pleasant mixture of biscuit and grassy, herbal flavors.

M: Medium bodied and dry, though a bit watery. Carbonation is prickly and spiky, imparting a cleansing quality to the mouth. This ale is quite drinkable, but to me, it feels a bit sterile.

O: This is a neat, tidy little Belgian pale that hits all the high notes for the style. My problem with it is that it comes across as being too dry, too sterile, and really just too predictable. Maybe I'm beginning to tire of this style, but in my opinion, Val-Dieu Blond does everything expected of it and nothing more.

mrfrancis, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Aethien
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a small, fluffy white head.
Some bready yeast, grassy notes, spices and a little lemon in the smell. I almost have to dive into the goblet before I smell much though.
A slightly pungent yeast flavour is a constant in the taste, with grassy hops, lemon and a little spiciness rounding it out. A little watery but good carbonation and easily drinkable.

I can't remember how much I paid for this, but if it's cheap it's a nice session beer. Not too special but not bad either.

Aethien, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl, missing rear label and best-by date.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a very nice, rocky head. Retains very well, leaving clumpy lacing on the way down.

Aroma has powdery yeast character, along with some citrus and phenolic, rubbery notes.

The flavor is okay. A sort of cookie-like maltiness prevails, along with strong notes of wheat and hay. There is some orangey, citrusy character, but the hops devolve into a vegetal thing that just doesn't work very well with the yeasty flavors. Somewhat bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is very good, with soft, creamy and effervescent carbonation, though some chalky sensations as well. Does not finish very clean.

A fine beer, just not that remarkable or as flavorful as the style can be. Drinkable.

Notes: Maybe this wasn't the freshest of bottles, though I am pretty sure the other one I bought was good until 2012, so the bottle I'm reviewing should be fine.

dasenebler, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Portertime
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After falling in love with the triple, I had to try the blonde. Had this one chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a cloudy dark goldish color with a hefty head. Smell was of a nice hefe wiesse actually, yeasty, wheaty, banana, raisin. Taste was also wheaty, with sour apple undertones. Not as spectacular as the triple but a nice blond.

Portertime, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Hellpop65, Sep 25, 2013
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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.