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

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very good

225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-20-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

RochefortChris, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

samEBC, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

KeyWestGator, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Burt, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

leprechaunandfatman, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jmtpi, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Sspeer1
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Sspeer1, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Anvilfarm, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stubby, brown 33cl bottle into a snifter Most of the dark, muddy sediment at the bottom of the bottle added in the pour. The beer was still rather clear, dark brown in color, with a small bone-colored head. The head soon died to a top coat but ample and attractive sticky lacing was left clinging to the glass as the level slowly reduced.

Sweet and fruity aroma. Sniffing this is the only way one gets a hint that the ABV is over 4-5% (except for some warming).

The flavor is mildly sweet with a slight bitterness and a touch of sour. There's a load of dark fruit over medium and medium-dark malts with a hints of smoke, wood, and coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Hints of plums, prunes, dried cherries, roasted nuts and fruit cake. Yum (approaches 4.5)

M: Full, creamy smooth feel with fine, soft carbonation.

O: A very satisfying and drinkable brune. The 8% ABV is mostly well hidden.

chinchill, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Abbey val dieu brown pours adeep reddish brown. A beige head which is quite thin sits on top. The body is dense and fades with lacing in it's wake.
The aroma I get hints of sweet malts candied sugar and molasses but there is also a sourness to the aroma as well as vinagar notes.
The taste is dark fruits and sweet candied sugar. Some malts too while the yeast gives a bit of a spicey taste as well. Also, there is a sour taste one can pull out.
While the brew is still chilled it drinks dry and bitter but as it warms the sweetness of the brew comes out and hepls tone down the bitterness.
This brew drinks thinner then most dubbels with some warming alcohol on the palette.
This is a good beer but with decent flavor but what throws me off is the sourness like one might taste in a Flanders style. In any event a pretty likeable brew.

micromaniac129, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Proteios7, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Cyrano41
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a goblet. Dark, reddish brown with one inch of beige head. Thined slowly but left lots of pretty lacing all around. Aroma was malts and for the first time I get the "bread" description for beer. Mouthfeel heavy in a good way. Maybe substantial instead of heavy, you know it's there but it isn't a burden. I picked up some nuttyness, brown suger and some alchol. I got this one on a whim with no expectations. I'll get it with malice of fore thought next time.

Cyrano41, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

DmanGTR, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Loveyourbeer, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

2GOOFY, Jan 12, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -56.3%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish dark red with one finger thick cream colored head. Settles to a thin ring, with a few thick rings left down the glass. Smell: brown bread, baker's chocolate, cooked red apple with a brown sugar and cinnamon dusting. Taste: upfront it's ripe pear and toasted brown bread with a slight alcohol note, then into powdery unsweet chocolate, red apple skin, cinnamon and (very mild) anise. Mid sip there's some balance from a mild earthy hopping. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation, juicy towards the end of the sip before a semi-dry, spice accompanied finish. Nice dessert compliment or dessert itself. Cork stamped 10/12.

babaracas, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
89 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.