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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-04-2002

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank with dinner At Penguin Pizza last Saturday. Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass. Nice white fluffy head. School bus yellow color. Smell was a bit bready. Taste was interesting, as I got a weird but good hint of grapefruit. This added a nice spicy (citrus) note to the taste. Not a beer that I could drink a bunch of, but one that you can just sip and enjoy the Belgian goodness. An interesting take on a pale ale by this brewery. It works.

Photo of Portertime
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger foamy and sticky white head that had a great retention and left a patchy lacing. There were some visible floaties as well a strong visible carbonation.

S: some candi-sugar, yeastiness of cloves, bananas, and sour citrus hops.

T: citrusy with sour fruit (green apples), oranges and a light fresh breadiness. There was some honey, cloey sweetness with a light nuttiness. before finishing with a spritzy carbonation bite and dried fruitiness.

M: lively from the strong carbonation, citrusy, sour, light, and tingly.

D: A nice drink, easy, smooth with a dry finish and definitely quenches the thirst per style.

Photo of semihobo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz stubby bottle, best before 26/12/08.

Pours a dark aged-parchment yellow, with tiny little bubbles rocketing upward. The head has excellent texture and retention and leaves dense sheets of velvety lacing on the walls of the bulb. This is why it's hot.

Smell is most noticeably candi sugar and clove, but there is a decent hop presence as well, with some spice to round things out.

Tastes of figs, cloves, and rum-washed fruit. Instead of the darker fruits normally associated with Belgians, tastes more like apple -- this brew reminds me of a good Riesling. Definitely sweet. Fruits and spices recede on the finish to leave only modest hop flavor with cake-like malts.

Creamy carbonation, medium bodied. Bubbles tingle as the swallow starts but back off out of deference for taste.

A very pleasant ale, and a beaut to boot. Gets a little too sweet as it warms -- couldn't drink more than a 11.2oz of this without a break. Val-Dieu Blond is repping Belgium hard, in a good way.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture, rich with sediment. Didn't have much of a head, but possessed decent lacing.

This had a citrusy smell, along with yeast and some spices. A nice aroma.

Orange, yeast, hops and something else sweet I couldn't put my finger on. It was this particular element that kind of put me off. I like sweet beers, but this was a little much.

The carbonation rate was good, not overwhelming at all. Had a nice finish, but, as I said, a little to sweet on the aftertaste.

Overall this is a drinkable beer. It's certainly more complex than most blonds. It's just that one element in the taste that keeps from rating it higher.

Photo of watchnerd
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Patrick999
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of psinderson
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into traditional glassware.

Appearance: Dark golden color with a medium white head. Some minimal lacing.

Smell: Citrus and yeast with a bit of grain presence and a malty background.

Taste: Citrus dominates. A good earth hop flavor with a mild hop finish. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice clean, smooth finish.

Photo of jettjon
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml caged-cork bottle, cork marked 10/07. Into a cervoise, a handsome, brilliant golden clear with heavy carbonation and a 2-finger bone-white head which rapidly fades leaving heavy lacing. Toward the bottom of the bottle, the lees come into play, turning the clear liquid an opaque, hazy color that is not at all unattractive. Good looking beer either way. Nose is rather subdue, a bit of bready yeast and faint coriander and orange peel peeking through. The mouth is similarly mild, with a subdued semi-sweet malt character out front spiced lightly with orange and coriander. Slightly bready with very light floral hops. Good flavor profile for a summer quencher. Mouth is full of smooth carbonation, and is easy on the palate. Drinkability is very good; this is a refreshing and drinkable beer with a relatively mild 6% ABV.

Overall: A solid but unremarkable blond, suitable for casual enjoyment on a warm day. Worth a try.

Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Michael's Deli sometime last year. BB Date of April, 2005...oh, brother. Here we go again.
Appears a hazy light gold with a 1 finger, dense white head of fluff. Lots of scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, sugary citrus, vanilla, candy orange slices, along with an earthiness that seems to fit well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a decent mix of the yeasty, sugary notes that are enjoyable.
Moutheel is light medium bodied, balanced, sweet up front, light yeastiness with vanilla cream mixed over the tongue leading to a dry finish that's very pleasant.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Val-Dieu chalice, the beer pours golden yellow with a good sized very carbonated white head. Good head retention, lacing is good too. It smells grassy, yeasty and a bit like bananas. It tastes like lemon, pears, pepper (spice) and also has a grainy/biscuity taste. Mouthfeel is light, but is very, very carbonated. Too much carbonation for my liking. Drinkability is OK, but would be higher if the beer was less carbonated. Even then I still think this is a decent beer, it does taste good and it is smooth. I'll have to try this one again sometime.

Photo of techdiver
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold, with a green tinge when held up to a light, with a foamy, dense, perfectly white head that sticks to the glass. The aroma reminds me a bit of Duvel -- grassy hop aromas (although they don't seem to derive from Saaz) predominate. The flavors that come out first are slightly bitter, with mild fruit at first, but those notes are quickly subsumed by mid-palate sweetness, while the fruit comes out at the end and on the finish. Light mouthfeel, with a nectary sweetness and mild carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian blond -- light, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, with plenty of fruity flavors.

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.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, pouring very clear with a slight head that dissipated quickly. An aroma of citrus and yeast. Taste offers light fruit and spice with a slight mineral quality. Mouth is light and bright, though not a whole lot in the way of complexity. It is highly drinkable. It would probably accompany fish dishes excellently. Solid overall, but nothing earth-shattering. Would surley drink one if I found it in my fridge though.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised I had never tried this beer before. I'm glad I did; it proves to be a very nice beer. Typical Belgian, it shares a lot of characteristics with Duvel and Leffe. The beer is lighter, paler in color, but nearly competes with Duvel in its head retention. Light haze shows lots of proteins and lends to an estery, spicy aroma. Nearly honey sweet with light hopping for balance. Fruity with peaches and pears, sprinled with a light clove, bananna character. Very creamy and soft on the toung...like a Witbier. Cleanly lifts away in the finish with a lightly cooling evaporative quality. Not drying or grainy. Pure and simple good beer.

Photo of Budlum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle in to a Val Dieu chalice. Appears clear and golden with about a half inch of foamy white head. The head lasts for about 45 seconds before giving way to a miniscus which stays for the entire drink. As an aside, their glass was perfectly filled which is always gratifying.

Aromas of yeast and sweet grapes. This one is very floral with plenty of clover and a wiff of hyacinth. The smells are actually most comparable to a sweet, white wine.

The taste is immediately like white wine. Light, sweet and refreshing. However, this brew does not have bitterness which I associate with wine. That is not to say that there is no bitterness present. Very well balanced between sweet fruit and yeast flavors with a hint of sour grapes. As it warms sweeter fruits arrive. Mainly apricots and mandarin oranges.

The drinkability of this stuff is amazing. It is one of the lightest and most refreshing beers I've tired without lacking depth of flavor. This could turn in to a great session brew, albeit a little expensive. Perfect for a hot summer night.

Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color, with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin cap and ring and leaves behind some thin lacing.

Smell; yeasty with strong floral notes, and some traces of pepper. There's some sweet fruits that I can't quite place along with a wheat prsence.

Taste; very fruity up front, with oranges and pears, and floral. There's a solid malty biscuity flavor, and candied sugar as well as a strong wheat presence, and finishes with a pleasant peppery spiciness. While this isn't a big in your face knid of beer, I found myself really enjoying this understated/sublte brew. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and very refreshing.

Photo of joedon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge, white, sticky head; very clear gold color. Very pleasant aroma of yeast and malt with a little grassy note.

Taste is right on type with nice malt backing, a little sweetness and balanced by a touch of hoppiness.

Very good body and nice aftertaste, just a slight citrus tang. Good drinkable Belgian.

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy apricot body with a frothy, whipped egg whites head; leaves splashy lacing all over the place

Smell: Spicy, fruity and a touch of bubblegum, along with the trademark Belgian yeasty funk (which, in this case, is rather subtle)

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity malt flavor with a touch of lemon in the back; after the swallow, a variety of other flavors come into play - pear, pepper, more lemon, candi sugar and leather come to mind

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of Belgian pales, but this one hits the spot for me; where others are underwhelmed, I enjoy the subtle elements

Photo of SilentSabre
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Cork date stamped 09/04. Poured into a tulip glass.

Poured a nice light golden color. Highly carbonated with a lot of small streams of bubble rising up. A big, fluffy, rocky head that looks like beaten egg whites sitting on top and won't go away.

The aroma is yeast and fruit. Also had some bready hints with flowers throughout. Nothing overpowering, just a lot of hints of different things.

The taste was light hops, malt, yeast and flowery/fruitiness. Some grain came through. Also some bread.

The mouthfeel had a medium body, quite cleansing, smooth and well balanced. Overall, I found this to be a very drinkable brew. They obviously decided what they wanted from this beer, and went straight at it. A nice beer in this style. Definitely a pleasant surprise that I would like to have again.

Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.