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

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 436
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 45
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 436
Reviews by Viking:
Photo of Viking
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colored body, full of CO2 surging through the beer. Big, thick, dense, creamy, white head. Excellent head retention, lots of lace on the glass. After head settles a bit, begins to look like a float. Smell is sweet and spicy, with a strong grassy/herbal smell. Lots of coriander and orange noticeable. Taste is a bit thinner than expected, but very good. Grassy malt base, with very prominent spices and citrus. Noticeable, but not strong flavor of alcohol present. Mild, but persistent and spicy aftertaste. Moderate-bodied brew, surprisingly smooth considering the huge amount of carbonation. A very good triple, but not one o my favorites.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the vast array of "Belgian-style" this and "Belgian-inspired" that; its refreshing to get back to basics with an authentic and time-honored taste that relies not on gimmicks nor reinvention, but a pure and simple ale done right.

Val Dieu Tripel jumps right out of the gate with bold fruit and supportive sweetness. Its bright floral aroma is mildly of perfume and honeysuckle while a crisp wafer-thin pilsner-type of sweetness smolders beneath.

Upon the tongue, its bracing effervescent springs to life the beer's fruity and spicy attitude. Lemons, oranges and apples balance against white pepper, coriander, mild cumin and its grassy hop additions. Champagne-like acidity keeps the palate refreshed and highly drinkable.

Finishing with a nod to hops and alcohol spiciness, its continued grass and hay flavors superscede any fruity-sweet upstarts, en route to an effervescent acidity and a quick aftertaste of peppercorn.

With a smidgen more sweetness and a barely heavier feel, Val Dieu's Tripel is nearly spot-on to most abbey versions. With all the parts to its taste coming together effortlessly, the recipe and brewer execution works to near perfection.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great Belgian looker, with a massive head and a clear goldenstraw color; with excellent retention, the lacing webbed the side of the glass

Smell: Honey, pear and banana, with a hint of pepper underneath

Taste: Wheat bread, honey and banana, up front, with a toffee character developing by mid-palate, when the white pepper and clove phenols perk it up a tone; nicely balanced in the finish, with a bit of booziness that doesn't overwhelm

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: A rather different tripel, with a bit of the hefe thrown into the mix, but really enjoyable, particularly as it doesn't supercharge the sweetness or the fusel alcohol flavors

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber with a hint of orange, a fine yeasty haze and sheets of Champagne-like bubbles. The head is absolutely phenomenal. It's polished ivory in color and is as whipped creamy as any I've seen in a while. It's also a chiseled, rocky masterpiece as it falls, depositing thick chunks of foam, not lace exactly, all over the glass.

It's a good tripel nose, not quite a great one. The focal point is golden orchard fruit with hoppy underpinnings, both floral and earthy, as well as a light sprinkling of spice. Alcohol is noticed, as well it might be at 9.0%, although it's complementary rather than abrasive. My hope is that it's as well-behaved on the palate as it is in the nose.

Val-Dieu Triple is good beer. It isn't as dizzyingly complex and as nuanced as some, nor is it as powerfully spicy and as assertive as others. That doesn't mean that it isn't just as good in its own way. There's a fair amount of pale malt, with sweetness easing ahead of bitterness during the first half of each mouthful. The flavor profile changes smoothly in mid-course so that bitter and spicy make more of a statement late. Brandy-soaked apricots and peaches hold the center as far as specific flavors.

Alcohol is more noticeable than in some tripels. However, it's so smooth and so comfortably warming that to ratchet it down would be to lessen the beer in my opinion. The brewery's website includes the phrase "strength and serenity!" to describe this beer. A more than apt choice of words, I'd say.

This may be the most thoroughly lace-encrusted glass that I've ever seen for a non-hoppy, high-ABV beer. The mouthfeel doesn't quite achieve silky, but it's supremely smooth and is several notches more full than medium. Despite the crazy amount of visible carbonation and the outstanding, persistent head, the beer is anything but overcarbonated in the mouth.

Val-Dieu (Valley of God) Triple is somewhat unheralded, but it still manages to holds its own with some of the better known tripels from the land of all good tripels, Belgium. Although it doesn't supplant my favorites, it's clearly a well-crafted beer that should be a source of pride to the brothers of Abbaye Val-Dieu. Its strength (and quality) has led to my serenity. I like this one.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of badbeer
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colour with visible carbonation and a nice velvety white head. Smells like a tripel, which I always found hard to describe - Belgian yeast, flowers , malt and a bit of funkiness. The taste is sweet and spicy, with a maltier body compared to the typical tripel. No taste of funky brett or any other wild yeast in the mouth, and the carbonation just adds to the overall spiciness, making this beer feel very young and refreshing. A bit too sweet for my taste, and there's a feint metallic taste that I find disturbing, but other than that this is a very good tripel.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold with a thick, pillowy 2’ or more thick white foam cap that perches above the rim of the glass and produces intricate Belgian lace with each sip. The palate features yeast driven esters and phenolics – light spicy fruit – suspended in a airy yet creamy malty emulsion. The body is light for a beer this size and delightfully creamy. Slightly sweet but very well balanced and not cloying. The 9% alcohol is smooth and deceptive with a gentle warming the only warning of its presence. A 750 ml bottle is the perfect accompaniment for an evening when you do not need to go anywhere.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of ste5venla
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of azorie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of asabreed
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.