Val-Dieu Brune - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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Reviews by Aethien:
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with a small cream coloured head that stays with you and leaves an almost solid lacing around the glass, I don't think I've ever seen a beer leave this much lacing, my entire glass is covered with lacing, pretty cool.
The first things I smell are sweet malts and dark fruit (cherries, plums) followed by bread, caramel and a little alcohol as well.
The taste follows the nose but is a little sweeter and occasionally reminiscent of a stout, quite unexpected but a nice surprise. A tingly alcohol, roasted malts and raising flavour lingers for a while on the tongue. The tastes are all well balanced, subtle and smooth. And smooth is what it feels like. Silky smooth and very heavy, definitely a sipper.
Overall I was positively surprised, this is a beer to take your time with and it doesn't give you much of a choice in the matter either. It was surprisingly stoutlike at times yet always smooth and subtle.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2012 19:32:33 | More by Aethien
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
They had lots of stuff hand written about it being a handmade cloister beer, so they're right in that they're an Abbey beer. At 8%, I was concerned for my sobriety, but what the hell. Surprisingly, it had lots of banana flavors and virtually no bitterness, but had a few sour notes, so it was leaning towards an Oud Brun. The alcohol was hidden well in a very caramel-forward beer. 4.
Serving type: on-tap
05-21-2014 23:11:57 | More by boddhitree
3.51/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but the smoke presence I am getting is unexpected for the style.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 04:35:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
90 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.