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

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Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

368 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 26
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002)
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

PatrickJR, Aug 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a deep slightly hazy golden with some noticable deep orange hue,the aroma definently had a little funkiness to it like wet grain and sour apple with that Belgian yeastiness some clove and smoke.Big phenolic flavors quite spicey with an underlying powdered suger note there is a decent fruity apricot-like flavor in the finish that lingers nicely.A solid Triple I have had better but this is not shabby by any means at all.

oberon, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance – Light but deep cloudy orange body with a very pretty head.

Smell – The traditional Tripel orange comes out at the nose. It is light; more like a tangerine than an orange. The spicing is also noticeable but light. The typical coriander and white pepper is spread evenly throughout the bouquet.

Taste – The beautiful spiced orange flavors comes out smooth and well-blended at the tongue. I can also pick up some grapefruit and a small yeast backbone. This is a wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium carbonation and body with just enough presence of alcohol to please the palate.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this ale very much. It is very smooth yet complex.

RoyalT, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured from a 750ml into a chalice style glass

A: Hazy pale yellow tinted toward orange, with a very nice white foam head of small bubbles. Head retention was very good with thin layer of bubble remaining throughout the drink. Excellent lacing.

S: Nothing harsh; light smells of spice mixed with malts and something fruity in nature... not sure what, but it smells great!

T: Wonderful balance of malts, spices, and light hops. The flavors remain solid on the tongue and never diminish. The finish is at first a bit dry but fades to an interesting light malt finish with slight finish of the spices. Very tasty.

M&D: Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The carbonation is light to medium with small bubbles which does nothing but enhance the flavors of the brew. There is nothing here that gives away the strength of this brew. It is so smooth and easy to drink that the effects sort of sneek up on you in a subtle enjoyable kind of way.

I'm a tripel guy and I love a good trappist ale. It was suggested to me that I try this brew with an open mind to see what I thought. Overall - Awesome! This is a very good representation of an abbey tripel. I loved it. If you are into abbey trips, you have to try this one!

SIRIUS2, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Had this on a beautiful August day at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Served in a chalice, it was a beautiful yellow/orange with a thick, sticky head. Stuck my nose in and inhaled a great mix of yeast and fruit, mostly banana. A spicy,fruity taste, very pleasant, with a nice tartness at the finish. Nicely carbonated, very smooth. Could easily have more than one.

lordofthewiens, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2 brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright and glowing golden hue, haze from both the yeast and chill haze are very light. Thin powdery white lace leaves a beautiful trail down the glass.

Smell: Ripe pear, raw honey and peppery phenols rise into the nostrils. Spicy sweet estery alcohol intoxicates the nose.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a fluffy crispness upfront. Delicate and supple medium body curls around the tongue with a medium to high carbonation. Esters are solid but not flamboyant. Sweetness pushes forth with ripe fruit and pale honey. Fruitiness is light yet expressive with hints of pear and tangerine. Hop bitterness cuts through a bit and a bite from the yeast tries to keep things in balance also. Slight phenolic peppery flavour adds an enjoyable contrast to the sweetness. Phenolic flavours stay with the finish so the sweetness does not appear to dominant.

Notes: Incredibly easy to drink and dangerous at that being a triple. Very well balanced with a clean palate even with the esters and phenols running around the taste buds.

Jason, Apr 24, 2002
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

11.2 oz stubby bottle, pours a slightly hazy, yellow gold color with an intersting, but small head of various sized bubbles. The head is persistent, and coats the goblet with serious sheet and patch lacing.
Aroma is a wonderland of mango and apricot tropical fruit, with bubblegum and vanilla in the background.
Mouthfeel has a slight fizz, but mostly just a fruit flavor tartness.
Tatse is exceptional. Earthy, mushroom tasting yeast combines nicely with the apricot and mango flavors that were apparent in the nose. Vanilla and a hint of cinnamon invigorate the background. Honeydew melon flavors enable this one to leap over all hurdles that would prevent this one from earning a perfect score for taste.
This is one of those Belgian ales that you instantly fall in love with, hopefully with a lifetime of bliss.

merlin48, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

750mL bottle poured into a Karmeliet chalice.

Appearance was orange in color and a creamy head looked promising, but fell apart and left spotty lacing. The smell was very interesting, involving various fruits in which apricot, apple, and pear were included. The taste was much of the same, but I also found some spices including vanilla and nutmeg. Body was medium to full, nice and creamy going down. I really enjoyed drinking this one down, and will probably be picking up another bottle in the future.

badbeer, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

6 liter jerobom poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice light golden color with a small white head along with some fine lacing. Nose is fairly bready and malty, a bit ofalmost milky as well.

Taste is very smooth, creamy, a bit sweet like caramel with an almost candy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and well carbonated and finishes very dry.

kingcrowing, Aug 19, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy head which doesn't fade, really I poured this from a 33ml bottle a good 40+ minutes ago and the head is holding strong.

Not much of a nose, with a strong sniff I detect phenols and some metallic like smell.

The metallic taste is the first characteristic I am able to find followed by the alcohol. Some light banana and cloves are also found.

Mouthfeel is creamy with little carbonation.

Not something I would go looking for. I wish I had a large bottle as smaller bottle tend to deliver as well in my experience.

WeymouthMike, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Out of a bottle at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Sedimented and hazy golden yellow color, with a slight greenish tint. Head of fast-rising medium-sized bibbles, lays mostly flat and white in color but leaving plenty of nice complex lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, mostly of citrons and sweet orange with a back tone of yeast and almost a Wit-like sugary spice. Mouthfeel is light, softness is a little underdone by more than average carbonation. Flavor is a little on the sweet side, like overly fragrant flowers, doesn't dry as much as some Tripels later in the profile either. Touch of hops help a little -- but doesn't counter a sugary fruit salad impression enough for me to place this in an elite category.

ADR, Feb 13, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy butterscotch color with a big bubble popping of the base and racing to the surface. The snow white head is a big cobweb and last for a good bit.

S- The soft sweetness and light peppery phenolic aroma blend in an otherwise pretty clean aroma. There is a fresh grain sweetness that comes through as the beer opens up.

T- The dry light candy sugar flavor has honey and pale malt flavors with some bright dried fruit qualities to follow. The dry finish has a light hop bit with a noble green hop note.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and the alcohol is well hidden till it the last few sips.

D- This beer is simple and elegant with some great yeast character and subtle depth and a good balance of hops and sweetness.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of azorie
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

azorie, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +7%

33 cl. bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: One of the best tripels I've seen poured. Tons of bubbles circulating, a beautiful head that sits perfectly atop the glass, and tons of covering and clumpy lacing as I drink (when the head finally settles). Not only that, but there are so many bubbles gurgling up that they recharge the head in a way, always pushing it up and forming the thinnest layer of bubbles at the bottom. Amazing.

Smell: Sweet malt, candi sugar, heavy alcohol, and dark fruit. Wish there was more of a banana presence, or fruit akin to that kind of aroma. But alas, this is still pretty fine.

Taste: The balance here is what wins me over. Lots of ripe fruit is at the forefront, which then sinks into more malt character, thick Belgian yeast, some earthiness and slight phenols, and finally all of it coming together with a tad bit of dryness and bitterness to round things out. Without balance this could go to possibly bad places, but since it's here and done very very well (not to mention the lack of alcohol presence in the taste), it makes it a sipper and one I want to keep going back to.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, and very creamy. Light carbonation toward the end, but enough to not make it cloying, and it ends up being beyond fitting.

Drinkability: An excellent tripel. Val Dieu hasn't let me down, and the three brews I've had have all been pretty fantastic. If you can find the gift pack and you're a Belgian fan, don't hesitate to pick any of the styles up, the tripel being one of the best.

asabreed, Jan 27, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep yellow/gold with a very thick fluffy white head.

Sharp citrusy and fruity aromas. From a combination of hops, yeast and candy sugars I presume.

Fruity, slightly sweet taste.

Syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Very carbonated. Rummy, candy sugar alcohol warmth in the throat.

BillyB, Feb 26, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Misty dandelion with a hand's worth of foam.
Smells of kiwi, cane sugar, and sweetened lilac blooms.
Begins with a grainy sweetness that segues directly into a fuller candi sugar sense. Doughiness arrises and creates a liquid version of sugar cookies with sprinkles. Kiwis and mangoes are designated back-up roles. Maybe even bit parts. But there is a generalized tropical fruit feel. Slightly spicy with pepper and something approximating vanilla bean. Turns lightly herbal, and plenty floral. Rose petals, lilacs (again), and prairie. Dry at the close, but not bitter.
Fragile feeling in the mouth. A delicate and dainty 9% ass-whooping, it is. Truly startling since it drinks less than half that weight.
A lovely tripel.

cokes, Jan 31, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Significant head in initial pour. light Golden, yeasty smell, medium biscuity texture, smooth, high alcohol and eggshell medicinal yeasty aftertaste, partly arising from taste of white pepper and pear, sweet tangerine. Carbonation above average. Good, not best of this brewery

Sammy, May 12, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hatshep18, Dec 10, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

A little thin maltwise considering what the style makes you expect. Pours a big white head on a hazy yellow body. Candi sugar and Belgian spicines crowds out any malt. I had a bunch of big beers like this between adoption trips to Russia, to help clear my palate of nasty Russian pale lagers.

DrunkMcDermott, Feb 25, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

I almost completely agree with rater Smakawhat.

This triple is a quite regular, round triple - but I don't understand the exceptional scores it gets.

L: top is disappointing, not too big and very quickly disappearing; cloudy standard triple coulour;
S: regular, touch of banana, honey and spice;
T: round and sweet, the mentioned bitterness...I don't feel anything about that, next to honey it tastes like....(I'm sorry) banana milkshake;
M: full, good alcohol, but not a great final;
O: okay, but not more than that.

Filosoof, Jan 14, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%

On tap @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thick dollop of froth in the center of the glass, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells Wow! Banana, clove, bubblegum, sugars and alcohol all waft up the nostrils in a smooth and delicious fume of flavors. This might be one of the best noses on a Tripel that I’ve ever encountered.

The taste is similar, being just so smooth and balanced, with notes of banana and clove just popping here and being surrounded by yeasty bubblegum character and sweet doughy sugars. Clove and bubblegum flavors are what linger in a relatively dry finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue, with more of a slick creaminess across the back. The overall drinkability of this is just beautiful for a 9% ABV beer.

Man, this might just be the best Belgian Triple that I’ve ever had. This was just so delicious and smooth on the palate with all of the flavors that you could want out of the style. I’m still thinking about this beer.

Kegatron, Jul 25, 2012
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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.