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

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Reviews: 168
Hads: 246
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-20-2002

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Reviews: 168 | Hads: 246
Photo of cretemixer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh Yeah! Pours a medium brown with a burnt orange tinge. An average head that fades rather quickly to a thin layer leaving a slight lace ring. Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet malts. Tastes malty, honey and mollasses are there without being cloyingly sweet--very smooth. Very nice mouthfeel, medium carbonation. The glass was covered with lace by the time I finished. A great beer. While I'll skip the blond next time, I'll save up for this one. (445 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice suprise! I stopped at my favorite local "packy", and saw this sitting on the shelf (for the first time). When I removed the wire top from the cork, it exploded! I've never had this happen before. The beer poured (and tasted) a little darker than I expected. The sugary sweetness that is present with so many Belgian beers is quite noticeable here, as is a prominent head and sticky, lasting lace. The taste reminded me a little of Westlverten 8 (only not quite as strong). I would rate this beer in the same category as Corsendonk and Maudite, along with Chimay Red. Very, very good, well worth trying if you like the Belgian style. I will absolutely buy this again. (The second time I tried it, the sweetness was more apparent. Still quite good, but I docked it a little for the sweetness). (807 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer in a gift pack with a couple other Val Dieu beers and a nice glass, I kind of like those gift packs as it’s nice to have the appropriate glass when sampling these fine beers.

A deep translucent garnet with hints of brown, the head massive in size, creamy in its texture and the lace fine sheets to cover the glass. The aroma of malted or lightly toasted grains reaches you first, then sweet nutlike tones, quite pleasant. Sweet at the front, lots of malt and the top middling in its mouth feel, finish is masterfully hopped, biting in its acidity and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. Well worth the sample, gift pack not with standing. (669 characters)

Photo of purplehops
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Val-Dieu pours a beautiful chestnut brown with an off-white head that clings to the glass. This is the color brown ale should be! The aroma is very fruity with odors of apple, pear, and grapefruit. There is a faint aroma of hops. The taste starts with a warm rich malty sweetness and subtle carbonation. This is followed by apple and apricot flavors and subtle hints of hops with notes of citrus. The aftertaste is that fruity Belgian yeast flavor with sweet malt flavors lingering in your mouth. The mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. Alcohol and hops are noticeable but they take a back seat to the rich malt and fruity yeast flavors and aromas. I'm not a big Brown Ale fan but this beer could turn me into a convert. A Great example of a Brown Ale. (751 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The stiff, lively, bumpy off white head rises and escapes the glass, peaks then slowly settles. Intricate lace is left. Deep garnet in hue w/ a light haze. Notes of sweet, heavily caramelized sugar from both dark candi sugar and dark caramel melt in aroma, along w/ buttery chocolate. Fruitiness is typically enticing, consisting of ripe, dark dried fruit akin to prunes and raisins. Light green apple acetaldehyde provides tartness aromawise. Molasses like, caramelized sweetness upfront in flavor. Clove and mellow chocolate malt ensue. The ripe, dark fruitiness mirrors that of the aroma, but sugary, fructose laden dates is perceptible as well. The token hop bitterness lends an overall sweet, but not cloyingly sweet overall impression. Fairly clean esterwise, with only a hint of bubblegum towards the finish. Moderately bodied, w/ a smooth, firmly malty mouthfeel. Finishes mildly phenolic, w/ malt sweetness and hints of peppry alcohol briefly lingering on the palate. Val Dieu is quite a complex and delicious brew. It's quite clean outright in esters, but possesses an superb coupling of mellow dark fruit and chocolate malt. (1,135 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and big time yeasty smell (candi sugar?). Very deep dark red color with a thick beige head. Lots of carbonation. Sweet complex taste with a nice bitter finish. Quite dry. Slight alcohol notes left on the tongue. You can tell that this is fermented with an established pedigree yeast that commands respect from the drinker. Medium body to the brew but very smooth. Can you tell that I like it? (406 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Robust, and rich. Darker than a typical brown ale, but creamy with a rocky head that sticks for the duration. Good carbination. Yeast definetely present, but not dominating. Overall a wonderful beer, to be enjoyed on a cold winter night. (241 characters)

Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.