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

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 419
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle poured into a tulip glass, cork says 5/2014, which I am guessing is the bottled on date.

Appearance - hazy golden body with tan head

Smell - golden raisin, ginger, apricot

Taste - ginger, golden raisin, coriander , apple

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, belgian spices follow, dry finish

Overall - very nice tripel that I am glad to have tried

Price Point - $10.99/750 ML bottle (436 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful hazy yellow orange, Val Dieu is one of the best tripels to ever grace my palate - very sweet and bright with citrus and banana esters, some subtle spice, and a bready mouth feel that's second to none! Very balanced with a well-masked ABV. Belgian lovers, do not overlook this gem! (292 characters)

Photo of TomMahan
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A recent convert to the triple style, and this is my hands down favorite! I have only tried a dozen or so of this style, but the Val-Dieu is the leader of the pack so far. (172 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a big two year old bottle to drag to a party with mostly wine snobs in attendance so I would have something decent to defend. It held its own.

It is a little dark and mysterious looking, with fine head. The aroma is a reserved fruity yeasty smell.

The taste is well settled in after twenty three months, and very well behaved. There is nothing offensive. Good balance.

The aftertaste is a pleasant experience. Overall, above average. If you can get some aged to two years, get it. (496 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a snifter. This fine Belgian triple pours a hazy peachy/yellow glowing color with
a fine white head and beautiful lacing. Nose of honey, Belgian yeast, fruit esters of apple, and
a dash of light citrus. There is a touch of hops in the background. Flavor is off the charts
fantastic. Sweet Belgian candy sugars to the front and sides, ever so light hops in the back,
fruit flavors of light citrus and light spicy Belgian yeast on the aftertaste with a smooth well
carbonated mouthfeel. An excellent example of the style from the birthplace of great ale. (573 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into snifter.
Hazy dark amber beer with restrain off-white head, receding quickly to some fluffy remnants. Modest aroma of yeasts, citrus, dough, slightly fruity. Flavour is fruity, alcoholic, light bitter finish, honey, yeasts. Not exactly the same that I love in tripels. (280 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, poured into a chalice.

A –Can a beer look both hazy and bright? Yes it can and that is what this one pours. Think stark white head that left clingy lacing down the glass.

S – Floral, fruity esters, sweet and light.

T – Fruit comes through first with a nice light sweetness. Apples and pears. Touch of hops follows with just the smallest amount of bitterness. Compliments that fruit flavors very well. Light honey and pepper flavors and just again a touch of Belgian yeast to finish.

M – Perfectly carbonated. Tingly on the palate as it feels alive. Clean finisher.

O – Cant beat this. It’s a very good tripel. Easy drinker and complex tasting. Delicious. (722 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold/auburn, foamy white head on initial pour into a tulip glass which resolved to nice thin layer, good effervescence and cloudy

S: Bouquet of honey and caramel, malty, fruit esters (a little banana, raisin, apple),

T: Malty forward taste, hint of pear/plum followed by a little fruit/honey then a hint of hops and a fairly dry clean finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation to prevent it from being perceived as syrupy

O: Excellent beer, will definitely stock up. (479 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, initial large thick head, very good

A: Sour, earthy, yeasty with a hint of

T: Bittersweet wheat, touch of
sourness, notes of biscuit, slightly sour, fruity hid
the booze well.

M: Light body for the high adv,
smooth, well carbonated, very easy to drink.

O: I’m coming round to tripels after initial
scepticism, this one ticked all the boxes, had
layers and went down well. (458 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2/1/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice honey and fruit aromas and flavors. (529 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750, cork states the date 3-2013

A: Val-Dieu pours with a quick burst of foam that quickly falls to a thin film of froth that endures. Body is straw colored and hazy (flaked wheat or oats?), with good lacing throughout most of the experience, only to tucker out at the end of the glass.

S: Apple, pear, and apricot make for a nose that is more reminiscent of vouvray than a triple. Interesting and inviting.

T: Very vinous, with more apple and apricot, mixed with a touch of honey and an ever so slightly astringent finish.

M: Light and effervescent, with a subtle sticky residue.

O: A great example of what a triple can be. Not heavy, not full of solvent (despite its formidable gravity), and simply delicious. I'll admit, I've passed this one up more than a few times based solely on its ugly label, but I have let my prejudice deprive me. Definitely one of the better tripels out there. (901 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before May 4, 2013. Served in a Rochefort chalice.

Terribly decanted with chunky rock salt chips of yeast dredge. Color is a very cloudy yellow-brown ochre. Head looks solid. Lacing is committed.

Bready and wine-y. Notes of Zinfandel, huge clove, floral esters, tangelo, pineapple, wheat malts, booziness, pear, and hints of artificial cinnamon. Ridiculously complex. Lightly white grape-y yet spicy.

Heavyweight clove, sweet Hawaiian bread, apricot, honey, pear, artificial cinnamon, and booze. Sweet and rich. Love the honeyed flavors. Yeasts aren't over the top. A great tripel.

Filled out in the mouth. Lightly sticky, quite spicy. Tingling carbonic sensation.

Very impressed by Val Dieu. Highly recommended for the style. (736 characters)

Photo of beerthirtysa
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: cloudy, lemon-colored appearance. white, fairly long lasting head. creamy appearance.

s: lemon peel, grass, alcohol, malt, phenols, maybe a little butter back there.

t: fantastically well blended taste. extremely smooth and well-balanced. hints of aromatic spice, grassy flavors, underlain by a sprightly malt with mild hops. very little alcohol flavor, even at the finish.

m: slightly more effervescent than other triples I've had. creamy and tongue tickling.

o: taste is a definite 5. Hindered by the slightly better than average appearance and smell, this is definitely one of my favorite triples. (608 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color. Poured a two finger head with good retention.
Aroma of caramel, banana, licorice and matured tangerines.
Sweet fruity flavor with notes of caramel, again matured tangerines, pears, condiments, liquor soaked apricots and Belgian yeast with hints of flowers, white wine and earth. Mild dry and refreshing spearmint type aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth feeling. 9% ABV is felt but improves the experience.
A bit too sweet for my taste but appropriate for the style. This is a beer that definitely improves with temperature. Very good Tripel. (572 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Thick, one and a half finger head that goes down to a thin ring and stays all the way to the end. It has a nice gold color and leaves some great lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruit aroma complemented by some spices, pretty much sums it up. A faint alcohol smell is in there as well.

Taste: A sweet fruit taste is dominant, with a strong alcohol kick a hint of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied with average carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and easy to drink.

Overall: The sweet taste and smell combined, and the fact that this is a very easy to drink brew, are misleading. Not that this is a bad thing, but it's something most people don't expect on a beer with a this high of an alcohol content. But that's what gives it such amazing character and feel. This is a must try. (882 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an orange yellow colored brew with only a tiny white head floating atop the brew. The small head fades rather fast to leave only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and sweet with notes of biscuit and doughy bread. The fruity aromas are of banana, apricot, peach and some apple. Mixed with these aromas are a lighter yeasty and spice smell as well as a little bit of earthy smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a mix of a bready flavor as well as a strong fruit showing. The fruity flavors are all quite light (in color) in nature with apricot and peach the strongest, but mixed with other flavors of orange and tangerine. A banana flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and at the end. The banana flavor is accompanied by some sweeter honey flavors as well as notes of coriander and pepper. Toward the end the spice flavors grow more intense and are joined by a lighter alcohol boozy flavor, which leaves a warming and fruity spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly below average side for a 9% abv triple with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The thinner body was quite nice for all the fruit flavors of the beer as well as the drinkability, although a little more carbonation may have been a bit for fitting for the flavors.

Overall – A quite enjoyable triple with sweeter fruit flavors and just enough boozy, spicy and bready flavors to balance out all the fruit. Quite tasty. (1,583 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden, tawny yellow beverage, pours very clear and has carbonation to spare. The myriad streams of bubbles float to the top and replenish the two finger head as quickly as the top bubbles burst. The foam seems endless and hasn't subsided for at least a minute since I poured the beer. Settles soon after, but bubbles keep coming. Seems like it's putting on a show. A sweet juice, champagne-like aroma starts things out along with sweet, light fruit: pear & green apple. A mild steely metal aroma lingers underneath. There is a pungent, strong dough aroma that comes though occasionally. Lots of flavors hit at once: sweet fruit described earlier, doughy German pretzel, thin, metallic flavor that often accompanies high gravity pilsner malts, and an earthy bitterness that grows towards the end and lingers on the back of the tongue. Feel is slightly viscous and finish is decidedly dry. Both appropriate for the style.

Though I'm growing weary of Tripels, after having discovered that St. Bernardus makes the best one, this is truly interesting considering it has a limited range. Remind me of champagne so much that MGD should be sued for their "champagne of beers" slogan. (1,179 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this Tripel a few times and figured it's time for a proper review.

Poured from a corked 750ml into a Rhone wine glass.

A: Very nice golden straw color with minor cloudiness but no real visible turbidity. Solid 2-3 finger head from a fairly aggressive pour. Dissipated quickly but laced well. Good looking.

S: Nice nose, but I would comment that from aroma and taste, this beer is on the breadier end of Tripels. I don't get a ton of fruit I might expect in the nose, but a nice bready maltiness and and very appealing yeast profile. Faint honey , vanilla and Belgian candy sugar.

T: Again , very nice Tripel with an amazing yeast profile, but maltier and breadier than many. Light apricot and pineapple, but mostly a solidly balanced biscuity yeasty basket of flavors. Slightly peppery with a bit of booziness in the finish.

MF: Typical Tripel, Crisp and Smooth, on the light side of medium. Refreshing.

Overall: A very nice tripel, though I would put it a bit on the simpler end of the spectrum. I miss a little of the typical fruitiness one might expect from the style. But a very appealing yeast signature which makes it a very solid beer with its own personality. (1,183 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the big corked bottle...poured in small Val-Dieu glass that comes with the 2012 gift pack.
Large white head with lots of lace that lasts.
Light gold color
Aroma of amber malt, grass, bread, lemon-lime spritz.
Flavors of rich amber malts, powdered sugar, citrus zest, French bread crust. Also, subtle funk, minerals, alcohol and melon. Very subtle clove, pear, banana, and white pepper.

I should admit I represented them through the importer in 2006 in California, and have drunk a good amount of Val-Dieu, in corked and small bottles, and sometimes on tap. I love this beer mostly because their yeast is lovely...similar to St Bernardus (whom I also represented) and others. One of my favorites with La Rulles, New Belgium, Unibroue, Allagash....
Rich, full bodied, pleasant complexity...rather easy to drink despite 9% abv. There is a layer of particulates at the bottom, but usually you have to go quite a ways through the bottle to get them agitated.
... Final note: This is my first beer of the night and I've got it to myself. Lots of times in tasting sessions you get a 2 ounce pour and move on, and I can see this in some reviews of any corked beer. You miss the story of a bottle of cork conditioned beer...it pays to in enjoyment to drink a great corked beer over an hour, plus or minus!!
With this beer, near the end, the head and thick lace remains. The gift pack Val-Dieu glass seemed small at the time, but has served wonderfully, keeping the head and keeping me aware when my glass ran low, because I wanted more. The final pour included all the sediment, and became like a good wit in color and with no large floaty chunks. The only taste addition was of subtle yeast complexity. A lovely brew, even cloudy, from start to finish...ayieee!! (1,762 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Westy Chalice.

A - poured a reddish golden brown almost amber with a slight haze, nice 1" head that slowly dissipated into a 1/4" cap that lasted for quite a long time. No discernible lacing.

S - an enjoyable combination of Montmorency Cherry, Comice Pear and Honey, Hay, and light Pepper.

T - earthy breadiness with just a hint of the fruit characters, minimal hops and a slight lingering malt aftertaste.

M - smooth and boozy, carbonation is appropriate and not overdone.

O - I really enjoy this beer, will be buying some more the next chance I get. Definitely going to remain in the Belgian Tripel stable for me. (652 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P: Cloudy golden apricot body with a vast population of floating specks. Good retention on the frothy white head that leaves wet micro bubble lacing.

S: Dried apricots, figs, bing cherries, toasted caramel, earthy yeast, dry hay, lilacs, camomile and subtle peppery spice. Smells like an old wooden crate of fruit.

T/M: Follows the nose and has a medicinal finish. Earthy, fruit and herbs combine to create a trifecta of flavor. Once warm medicinal booze becomes more prevalent. Lush creamy feel with gentle massaging effervesce. Finish is semi dry with a musty influence. Lingering bitter fruit peels.

O: A great musty triple that melds fruit and herbs together. The mouth feel us amazing and the bouquet of flavor tops the chart. Flavor is dialed in and delicate. This is one that I will have to enjoy again soon. Cheers! (829 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12/05/17

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden/orange hue, with a large white head. Very good retention, and a nice amount of lace.

Nose is quite fruity. Green grape, apple and pear. Smells a bit like apple or white grape juice.

Taste contains pear, apple, yeast and bread. Honey. A bit of booze. Fairly dry, a little hint of spice.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, bready.

Overall, pretty good tripel, but not excellent. I expected more given the scores it has received. Different strokes. (504 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz beer was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger puffy head that has reduced to small white billowy head and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a golden straw yellow with some clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, spices, bready malts, Belgian candy, and very strong aromas.

Taste: This stuff is the bomb. A little boozy alcohol in the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little tingling action, a bit dry, and a bit boozy.

Morning: Pretty solid. You can't go wrong with this beer. Will have to look for more of this in the future. (686 characters)

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