Val-Dieu Brune - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An absolutely terrific experience and a true surprise. I wasn't really looking for a great dubbel, just an interesting beer I hadn't had yet and this beer fell into my lap and to my surprise it is spectacular.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark opaque ruddy brown color with an ivory head that retains a frothy cap on the beer that lasts the duration. The massive lacing lined the walls of my goblet. Gorgeous.
Smell: Dark fruits, toasted bread, plum chocolate, dark malts and hint of whipped banana.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Yeasty and fruity, and totally crammed with heavy rich dark malts and a old ripe fruit and chocolate attribute that blends some apricot and hint of tobacco smokiness and raisin with a pleasant warmth, but still masks the alcohol bite with its smooth and creamy body. It is big. More than medium but not much more and malty with a long lingering malty fruit aftertaste.
Drinkability: As drinkable as any double. I would drink a few and go to bed. Very nice.
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Serving type: bottle
07-30-2007 23:40:04 | More by Phatz
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.