Val-Dieu Triple - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.
A - Golden, perhaps a shade paler than apple juice. Some largish sediment floating around. 2-3 fingers of white head rise with decent retention as a moderate cap lasts for the duration. Decent lacing as well.
S - Great aroma, something between butter, sour apples, pears, and even a bit of lemon, orange, and pineapple. Smells sort of like some kind of interesting smoothie. There's some powder on the back end along with a bit of vinegar. A very fruity tripel that delves into some unusual but well-integrated citrus and tropical aromas.
T - Sour apples drizzled with a bit of pineapple syrup atop a sort of butteriness, akin to a pie or dessert of some sort. The moderate sweetness dies down mid palate giving way to orange and lemon notes with citric sourness and medicinal bitterness. Slight sourness carries into late palate where bitterness peaks with powdery flavor. Tart lemonade and phenols carry into the finish.
M - Medium bodied, and while initially a solid medium carbonation subsisted, it did not hold up well and the beer got significanly flatter in a short period of time. Val-Dieu Triple was much better with some bubbles and the flatness occurs much too quickly.
D - Overall a pretty good tripel. Not my favorite, but definitely nothing to pass up and worth exploring for it's slightly different citrus/pineapple flavor as opposed to the banana/vanilla found alongside the typical apple/pear. The finish gets a little muddled and the phenolic aspects aren't integrated as well as they could be but this stuff is small potatoes. Worth checking out, and certainly something I'd revisit down the road.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2009 05:41:57 | More by PatrickJR
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