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

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Val-Dieu BruneVal-Dieu Brune

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230 Ratings

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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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.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 02/09 cork dating. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, molasses, herbal, earth, clove, pepper, and yeast spices. Damn excellent aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, prune, toffee, toast, bread, molasses, chocolate, herbal, earth, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, earth, and clove on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel! Great flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyed this one.

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4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rich, dark brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a decent amount of lacing left on the interior glass. On the nose, I get some malt and coffee. On the next sniff, I get some chocolate on it and a hint of smoke. This is one of the more complex noses that I’ve had on a beer. On first sip, there’s a decent amount of sweetness to this brew with a very subtle hint of bitterness. I get dates, some coffee notes and chocolate. I also get a bit of brown sugar. There is a lot going on with this beer. The alcohol, despite being pretty high for 8%, is completely hidden. There is also moderate carbonation on this brew. I also thought that this was going to a heavy beer due to the color, but this is a lot lighter than I thought it would be. The finish on the brew is mildly bitter and lingers. This is an awesome beer that is full of complexities and nuances. I will definitely be trying more Belgians if they’re at all like this.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Really love Belgium browns so here we go!

EDIT: Located on the cork was "Val-Dieu 2/11" Assuming this is the bottle date it may account for my dissatisfaction.

A - A deep dark brown which I would nearly define as black. Poured no head whatsoever, thus leading to no lace nor retention.

S - Some dark fruits, toasted malts, caramel and spicy hops. Nice!

T - Fairly large beer with roasted flavors with a complimentary sweetness almost completely throughout. Finishes with a bit of warmth from the ABV and some hop bitterness. I cannot seem to identify a bottle date but it tastes as if it may be a bit beyond age, leading a loss of balance.

M -A nice full-medium bodied brown. As fore-mentioned, there is a bit of bitterness on the back end, against my liking.

O - This is a fair brown that was below what I anticipated. It may just be the bottle I received, but this is far from the better Dubbel's I have come across.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Pours a dark brown with a small cream coloured head that stays with you and leaves an almost solid lacing around the glass, I don't think I've ever seen a beer leave this much lacing, my entire glass is covered with lacing, pretty cool.
The first things I smell are sweet malts and dark fruit (cherries, plums) followed by bread, caramel and a little alcohol as well.
The taste follows the nose but is a little sweeter and occasionally reminiscent of a stout, quite unexpected but a nice surprise. A tingly alcohol, roasted malts and raising flavour lingers for a while on the tongue. The tastes are all well balanced, subtle and smooth. And smooth is what it feels like. Silky smooth and very heavy, definitely a sipper.

Overall I was positively surprised, this is a beer to take your time with and it doesn't give you much of a choice in the matter either. It was surprisingly stoutlike at times yet always smooth and subtle.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle served in an unbranded chalice at home.

The beer poured very dark brown with 3/4th of an inch beige head. It appeared clear with some yeasty chunks. The head went down to 1/4th of an inch in about one minute and stayed on top of the beer till I finished it.

The smell has lots of roasted grains, caramel, a little hops and reminds me of Guinness Draught.

It tastes roasted and sweet, and has some dark fruits i.e. cherries, raisins. No noticeable hops, but bitterness/maltiness is very well balanced. It doesn't taste like most of the Dubbel's i'm familiar with. It's way more roasted.

It has a thick mouthfeel, maybe even a little bit creamy. Carbonation is medium and it finishes off in a balanced sweet/bitter aftertaste.

This is an abbey beer brewed with great craftsmanship. It's balanced and has an unexpected taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut-colored brew with a large, thick off-white head that's still around several minutes later. Super sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts with strong fruit (pear) notes. Very faint spicy hop aroma.

T: Standard dubbel character, with a good match-up of sweet caramel-like malts and fruity/spicy yeast that gives the beer a pleasant sort of tartness. Slight alcohol warmth. Finish is surprisingly clean, with a mild hop flavor/bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied bordering on the heavy side, probably from the alcohol, with a somewhat slick mouthfeel that just avoids being cloying. Very faint astringency at the very end. Good, unobtrusive carbonation keeps the beer drinkable while letting the flavors shine on their own.

O: I have a particular love for this brewery, though I still prefer the Blonde to the Brune. A solid dubbel, though not as a rich in malt character as some others, and the mouthfeel could use some cleaning up. Still, the flavors blend nicely and the yeast character is particularly interesting.

Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.