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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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 RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RochefortChris, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of arkanu
4/5  rDev +3.6%

arkanu, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dcmchew, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jmtpi
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jmtpi, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Hellpop65, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rocky head like a boulder that trails over amber-tinged blonde.
Phenolic nose - wax + earthy yeast, plus oily herbal leaf and flower nectar.
Clean lagery grain like baguette crust, slight yellow apple skin esters, a buttery hit, apple pie spice yeast and spicy hops. Tingly linger.
Fizzy, crisp, light.

Zippy and clean - a super summer quencher. Balanced and attenuated, but instead of complexity, the taste shifts with each sip - fruit, spice, grain. Incredibly well crafted for being so simple.

StJamesGate, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of MatthewPlus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

MatthewPlus, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Ciocanelu, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Lob, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Marius, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden orange hue with a small short lived white head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruit apples pears, Belgian yeast with some biscuit malt. Taste of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, sweet fruity notes, some mild citrus, light bitterness. A medium body, light crisp mouth feel with mild carbonation on the Palate. Finish is of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, pleasantly fruity with a slightly dry ending. Overall a good, delightful drinking ale.

Samp01, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

I enjoyed this at Moeder Lambic served in a goblet chilled

The color is golden with good clarity and cloud-like white head with thick 3 fingers and average sized bead with thick lace pattern left nad good retention. The smell is earthy and grainy, almost hay-like with some malt and yeast spice with phenolic aroma and the grain smell is raw. The feel is very good wiht mild belgian yeast spice and light sweetness with a gentle creamy texture and moderately low carbonation with peppery tinge and mild alcohol in the finish which is dry.

The taste is very malty with yeasty flavor supporting that brings a sort of peppery dry aspect and spice/phenolic element with slight sweet element from the malt which also has a light toasted taste.There is a mild amount of alcohol in the finish flavor-wise. Overall a very good Belgian blond with spicy yeast and moderate strength -very quaffable.

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

supermeniscus, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of VoodooBear
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 11.2 oz. brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold color. Develops a two finger bright white head that goes down but remains all the way to the end. It leaves some great lacing.

Smell: The scent is sweet, fruity, mainly banana. There's some nice herbal and malt notes, as well as some yeast in the background.

Taste: A fruit flavor is dominant. It has spice and herbal flavors that make for a very complex and appealing package. There's alcohol and a tiny malt sweetness at the end, with some bitterness to balance everything out.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium bodied. It has mildly high carbonation that's not overwhelming but still present.

Overall: Very drinkable and complex. It has a lot of flavors and scents, but also a simple sweetness, balanced perfectly by a hint of bitterness and an alcoholic character, that just make it a great beer.

VoodooBear, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Proteios7
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Proteios7, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of MDF
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

MDF, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, apricot, grape, floral, grass, honey, bread, candi sugar, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good complexity, strength, and balance of fruity/malty notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, apricot, floral, grass, bready grain, honey, pepper, earth, herbal, candi sugar, and spicy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, honey, candi sugar, bready grain, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blond style. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of fruity/spiciness; and very smooth to drink. This was a highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jsisko01
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Has a somewhat musty smell at first.. Followed by a subtle sweetness, and very bready.

Taste - Has a very nice sweetness to it. Earthy and floral hops, lemon, apple, oak, grass, alcohol, and a slightly dry finish. The bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This was a pretty good beer

jsisko01, Jan 17, 2013
Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
87 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.