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

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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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Photo of mgironta
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

mscudder, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Josiah2729
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Josiah2729, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev 0%

stevoj, May 16, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev 0%

DeezGunz14, May 16, 2012
Photo of Aethien
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Aethien, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

macrosmatic, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of dooleyra
4/5  rDev 0%

dooleyra, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of supermantoine
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

supermantoine, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Maceyka, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev 0%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of aeroslipton
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

aeroslipton, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of animal69
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +25%

Snellgg5, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +25%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

BMoldy, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

Annesemj, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a neutral dark brown color with deep amber highlights...good clarity. Three fingers of stiff, dense and whipped cream textured khacki foam sits atop without giving any indication of falling to the surface. Excellent staying power. When it does finally fall it leaves behind thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S - Bread is the first impression, a bit nutty, very grainy, mild metallic aspect, booze, light caramel, cinnamon, a bit of band-aid, cloves, dark fruit, mild vinegar. Very nice.

T - Dark fruit, raisins, bread, booze, cloves, menthol (higher alcohols), caramel, candi sugar, touch of acetic vinegary tartness. Lots of complexity here.

M - Rather full bodied with an assertive carbonation. A bit boozy at first but seems to smooth out as the bottle progresses.

O - Very nice Belgian Dubbel. Had no expectations going into this one...happy with what I found. Not my favorite style (prefer the hoppier stuff), but this works quite nicely. A semi-slow drinker...should get me through most of the rest of the night.

portia99, Oct 20, 2011
Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
89 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.