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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

216 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-20-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Belgium and an easy drink. Lots of Lace. Aroma of yeast and bit of spice. Sediment. Bittersweet: malts and balanced with hops. Medium mouthfeel. Some sugar and carmel. A bit complex. Some coffee and mint. I have had better in this style, but this is satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 05:31:50 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-11-2012 14:47:38 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-28-2013 22:19:47 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark russet red with apricot accents and a beautiful crown of khaki colored foam that is classic Belgian ale. Fine yeast can be seen drifting downwards and fine bubbles can be seen blipping upwards, while sheets of tattered lace are beginning to be laid down.

Speaking of classic, the aroma is classic dubbel. It features medium-dark fruit (mostly medium) and has a pleasing amount of yeast estery clove spiciness. Good things are expected on the palate.

Like all Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu ales, Brune is good beer. It does nothing out of the ordinary, it just does everything that it's supposed to do exactly right. If even a little improvement occurs with warming, a 4.5 for taste might be in order.

Specifics include brown bread covered with fruit marmalade, ripe figs, sticky dates, hints of earthy tobacco and toasted pecans. That makes it sound like the beer is overly sweet, but it isn't. There's enough bitterness to keep things in relative balance, which improves drinkability even more.

The mouthfeel, while pleasant, isn't up to the usual standards for beer from this country. It could use a little more heft and it could be more expansively creamy. That might be nitpicking, but Belgians are the best mouthfeel brewers in the world, so I use slightly different standards for their products.

When all is said and done, this beer is at least as good as Triple and Blond. Only Winter (also known as Grand Cru) is superior. If you have a hankering for a classic Belgian dubbel, Val-Dieu Brune will scratch that itch will no trouble at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 13:17:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown body with a decent creamy head that never quits and leaves lots of lacing

Smell: Yeasty, brown bready, with a dash of unsweetened chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet bready profile and some nicely balanced bitterness joins at mid-palate; finishes consistent with the balanced flavors and some alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: A touch light for a dubbel with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Decent, but I feel it is lacking a bit of sweetness and complexity to be among the very best dubbels

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 01:21:06 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet fruit ester and candi sugar is quite enticing and enjoyable. Taste is a proper mix between some candi sugar with notes of fruity ester and a medium sweet malt backbone. Body is a bit light for style with great carbonation and light creamy texture which is quite good with no apparent alcohol. Very nice for the style and something I wouldn't mind drinking more often.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 18:55:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: 09/09/10

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a large, frothy, ivory-colored head. Nice, delicate lacing.

Smell: Malty, mocha-scented aroma with further notes of nutty toffee, dark fruits, booze, and candi sugar.

Taste: Heavily sweetened mocha, sugary toffee candy, and even a pinch of cocoa powder strike the palate. Flavors of fruit, anise, baked bread, and sourish yeast are present but this all gets somewhat obscured by all this rampant sweetness. Drying finish (though still quite sweet) with just the tiniest bit of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation lends some assistance in scrubbing away all of those pesky sugars.

Drinkability: While not exactly a classic of the style, it remains a sweet, pleasant dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 00:34:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-11-2013 05:08:12 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-05-2012 07:01:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep slightly hazy amber with a few small floaties swirling around with a big fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lace behind as it settles into a creamy froth.Aromas are spiced like that of cinnamon and phenolic clove a touch of sweet cookie dough as well.A smooth creamy-like mouthfeel lends well to the rich flavors of this beer somewhat clovey and light sweet a touch of semisweet chocolate but not overbearing finishing with a slight dryness.Not a bad dubbel I dont drink many of this style,this one I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 02:19:03 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Val-Dieu! just doesn't resound as well as Mon Dieu! does it? Oh well, this stuff pours a somewhat dingy brown topped by a finger of cream foam and populated by some minor floaties. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, light cardboard, light walnut, and light white bread. The taste holds notes of caramel, light dark fruits, light cardboard, and a touch of rye bread. Methinks oxidation has gotten to this, but it's not in the usual way, so that's questionable at this point. Still, it ain't half bad. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty good dubbel, but nothing close to exceptional or special.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:57:10 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a chalice, a dark brown color with flecks of red. It had a pillowy, off-white, two-finger head that left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of tons of malt. Also, dried fruit and nut aromas were present.

T - It tasted nutty and spicy. The malt flavor was not as strong as it smelled. There was also a fruit-like taste.

M - It was crisp and warm on the tongue. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - A very good dubbel. This was the first I've had from Val-Dieu and it is yet another good Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 21:04:02 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark ruby with minimal off white head. If you pour the whole bottle in (sediment and all), you get a cloudy ruby (and the nose is noticeably more yeasty). Nose is a cross of old grape skins and cherries with a syrup edge. Flavor is pretty interesting. Starts off tangy and almost bitter in a way. Constant sweet tone with a doughy edge to it towards the tail end. With all the sediment in there, the subtle changes are less noticeable and it tends to stay an even, slightly caramel brew. Feel has a great level of carbonation on it. Pretty drinkable, though that 8% will get to ya quick.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 08:48:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A sample of one of my favorite styles from an as-yet untried brewer...this is always fun!
Color is a deep, dark, gorgeous red, and the head is a thick, full, frothy off-whitish hue. Aroma: jam-packed with with spice, vanilla, cola nuts. (I can't shake off a certain similarity to Coca-Cola, as much as I'd like to!)
Lush and luscious mouthfeel, fueled by tingly, sparkling hops. Aflood with earthy, yeasty feeling, and rich, satisfying malt. Just delicious! Tantalizing on the tongue, with flavor fully realized. This little stubby 11.2 oz. bottle depletes far too briefly!
Much thanks to JohnnyDuvel for helping a BA brother out!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 12:19:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork=caged bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours dark brown with some dark rubyish hues. The thin tan head eventually becomes a wide patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of spiced dark bread, some herbal notes and a bit of anise.

The taste is rooty, aniseedy with sweet caramelish/toffeeish maltiness, a touch of herbal spicing and a hint of sourish dark fruitiness. Becomes sweeter and maltier as it progresses. Nice maltiness.

It has a creamy, silky, medium-to-full body.

A nice, malty, but well-balanced, sipper with quite a bit of subtle complexities to it. A delicious dubbel with a great feel!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:33:52 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-25-2011 23:07:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Naja's Place in Redondo, just a few miles west of the 405,

A: Pours a mild, cloudy brown, with a thick, off-white head, leaving nice lacing in the tulip-shaped Sam Adams Black Lager glass it was served in.

S: Nice smell of malt and sugar, molasses.

T: Very tasty, tastes of rum and brandy, the rum more so, with a thick malt current, backed with dark fruit and prunes. Raisins also play a heavy part. The beer is very yeasty and quite estery, with a slight hint of clove and banana. Figuring out the flavours is hard in this beer, it's got a lot going on.

M: Smooth and thick, rich, creamy, full-bodied, slighty medicinal and phenolic as well, got a light feel of band-aids on a couple sips, but overall, very good.

D: This is a really good beer, very tasty on-tap, surprised me a little bit of how good it was, I'll definitely order this again, a great brown beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2007 01:07:58 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle obtained from the brewery in 2008. No best by date to be found on the bottle or labels, but I know the beer is at least 14 months old.

Today I am celebrating Grimsby Towns win at Bury and the fact England are going to win the fifth Test against Australia and win back the Ashes. I am also pleased to have mown the lawns and re-felted my shed roof today, I deserve a decent beer!

The beer was poured (sediment and all) into an 'Augustijn' badged chalice. Looked dark brown at first, but held up to the sun it showed its true colour, a dark redwood tree reddy brown. The sediment hung within the body, suspended, floating as in space, only visible when held up to the sunlight. On top sat a cream coloured soft foaming head. The head shrunk but stayed, strong lacing clung to the glass as the beer level reduced, this beer was in good order.

Sweet and sour aroma, almost fruity (mostly cherry like) smell too. The smell got more sour as the beer warmed, the taste didn't, although a slight bitterness did appear towards the end of the tasting.

Plums, Victoria Plums came to mind as I sarted to sip the beer, then rich fruit cake soaked in Port.

This is very drinkable, the 8% is evident straight away, but because of its richness and fullness of body, the alcohol doesn't take over and ruin the experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:33:56 | More by BlackHaddock
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice dark brown color with a medium head. The head did last through the drink. There was a slight yeast and sweet aroma, which translated into the flavor components. There seemed to be a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. This sports an average thickeness, making this extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 21:59:17 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/14/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Best by date notched on the side of the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown in color, maybe even getting into the black territory. Large 2 inch head. Rose to about the top of my glass, which is quite a feat with a Duvel glass. Thick and pock market white head. Close to a whipped cream texture. 1/2 inch remains throughout. Thick chunk lacing left on the inside of my glass. Textbook!

Smell- Deep dark roasted malt, touch of dark chocolate. Cloves and other spices combine with a winelike scent.

Taste- Light alcohol in the taste. Vinous in taste and feel. Grapes and plums mostly. Cloves and maybe a light touch or corriander. Cola like as well. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel- Thick and a touch sugary. Well, ok, more than just a touch sugary. Middle of the road carbonation.

Drinkability- If easier found this would be one of my go to Dubbels. Worth the $4 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 19:59:45 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a very slim head that quickly dissapears, generating not lacing. Had a strong nectar/ grape aroma. This beer taste more like a wine than a beer with not enough maltiness to balance out the sweet vinuous character.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 06:31:47 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl stubby brown bottle into a matching Val-Dieu goblet. Again, an example of the best by date being already surpassed (7/7/11) yet I have no gripes about this brew being over the hill by any regards. The brew appears a dark mahogany color with seriously clarity when held to the light. A finger and a half of mildly tanned cap sits atop and slowly fades leaving a full wall of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is straight blackstrap molasses coupled with notes of brown sugar, raisins, dates and dark belgian candy sugar/syrup. There is a hint of something root beer or cola-like across the middle of the nose before going on to something more like fruity to floral hops with a hint of earth. Across the back, as this brew warms up there is a hint of something almost dusty or musty about the grain inclusion.

The taste is similar to the aroma in that molasses is a very solid inclusion to the flavor profile. Hints of brown sugar, raisins, dates and belgian candy sugar all support in a formulation to add to the complexity of the sweetness in this brew. However, there is a solid contrast of citrus to fruity and floral hop elements with enough alcohol inclusion to keep things in check. Whereas the aroma led on to this being somewhat oxidized and dusty, the flavor profile is rich, luscious, inviting and very much fresh.

This is a medium bodied brew with a slick, modest amount of carbonation that was perfect for the style. Overall it was a decent take on the style with the aroma being a bit underwhelming but the flavor really picking things up. My only gripe is that the flavor and residual malt character almost had a bit of piercing sweetness that stung the back of the throat. Having dried this out just a little bit would have helped to increase the overall enjoyable and drink-ability. As-is I almost feel guilty like I should go take a shot of insulin to counteract the sweetness of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:43:17 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with an edge spice and a bit of sourness.

Taste is barely sweet and spicy with bit of lactic acid sourness. Spice and fruit flavors. Lot of black pepper flavor here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable but unremarkable. I see TheLongBeachBum comments and I might have gotten a bottle with a bad air seal or something. I will have to try another bottle from a different store.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 04:34:44 | More by Zorro
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Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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