Val-Dieu Brune - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Presentation: Short stubby 11.2 brown bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown, the lace that trails down the side of the glass in magnificent as well as the glowing clarity this brew show when put to light.
Smell: Some chocolaty and definite coffee roasted grain aromas, bit of malt sweetness, breadiness that is close to pumpernickel and mild phenols in the nose to bring more to the table for the nose to play with.
Taste: Crisp with a moderate body that holds well, carbonation is medium to high. Bitter twang from the roasted malts is coupled with a touch of hops and enhanced by the carbonation all at once. Sweetness is underlying add tries to keep the bitterness on an even keel. Maltiness is deep and complex with dark bread, roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Alcoholic esters are tight and keep to a minimum, warmth from the alcohol is a bit slow but works in just fine. Slightly dry finish with vague phenols making themselves noticed.
Notes: Flavourful, sturdy and complex. All about the malt and hops without too much else getting in the way other than the occasional phenolic aroma and flavour.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2002 23:36:35 | More by Jason
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.