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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 436
Photo of Helvectis
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small fat brown bottle.

Cloudy yellow/orange, 2 finger white head.

Hit of yeast and spice, some sugar.

Dried apricots, pears, apple, nice esters, clove and peper spice in the background.

Full bodied, somewhat carbonated, but not overly.

Simply amazing, top notch beer to be had here, would recommend to any abbaye/triple lovers. Only thing wrong with this brew, it's too hard to find!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice medium gold color with moderate carbonation and a very thick white, frothy head that's almost cream-like in appearance, very sticky foam and clings to the glass.

S - Belgian candy sugar, pears, apricots, yeasty, Belgian spice.

T - Light fruit, fruity esters from start to finish - apricots, pears, apples, pepper, yeast, honey, with a little bit of clove in the background. Coats the mouth with honey and pepper for a sweet finish.

M - Full medium body, creamy carbonation.

O - A very nice Tripel and recommended.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hey now!!! On tap at The Flying Saucer in downtown Houston. Came in looking for locals, but had two of these instead. Great choice! Served in a 25cl stemmed Val-Dieu globe. So much going on with all of the flavors. Aromas are spectacular, especially after giving them more space in the globe. Such a find (for me, at least)! "Excuse me, barkeep? Yes, one more, please." - Me.

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Photo of Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into chalice

L: peach-gold ... quite a bit of amber in it up to the light; huge head of white to off-white foam that is coating the sides of the glass ... head is a solid 1 inch; lots of debris but beer is relatively clear

S: fruity ... very dubbel-like with lots of sweet grapes, plums ... no clove/allspice notes; very soft and fruity sweet

T: follows the nose ... dubbel-like fruity sweetness, sweet grapes, plums ... no spice again, all sweet malt

F: a little soft but full, lots of carbonation ... lightweight

O: quite a treat ... it's full of all sorts of abbey ale goodness but perhaps a bit "darker" than the average triple; no hop character and no spice flavor but lots of sweet grape and plum; I will drink this beer often

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a burnt orange hue (although closer to brown) with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch, bright white head that continues to expand past the lip of the glass. As the head recedes into a tight quarter inch cap, textured strands of delicate lacing are revealed and exhibit excellent retention. Nose expresses medicinal phenols, yeast and a suggestion of cloves. Taste follows nose; however, medicinal quality drops off and is replaced with banana esters and perhaps a kiss of tangerines. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a solid triple - not too sweet with a nice dry quality.

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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 FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting Sept 2, 2015. Poured from a 11.2 fluid oz bottle at 50*F / 10*C. Bottle Best Before End Date: Oct 1, 2015. I've manage the beer department of a large liquor store the past year and have been homebrewing the past five years.
LOOK: Murky from bottle conditioning detracts a little; could have better clarity for style. The color is a light brownish gold. Long-lasting, creamy, rocky, white head resulting in characteristic “Belgian lace” on the glass as it fades.
AROMA: Characteristic of style with a complex spiciness. At first it reminded me of the Brett in Orval. As it warmed it took on some fruitiness with just slight alcohol and hop aromas. The malt character is light. No diacetyl.
TASTE: Nice blend of spicy, fruity and soft alcohol flavors supported by
a soft malt character. Low to moderate phenols are peppery in
FEEL: Upon opening - POP! So effervescent you immediately think of midnight at New Years. At 9% ABV it is an easy drinking, light bodied yet complex, effervescent
Belgian-style ale. Just what the doctor ordered!
OVERALL: True to style. Not as brilliant as US standards dictate or as sweet, but a true Belgian Tripel in taste with Lees in the bottle. Cheers, Friar Mick

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Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Neorebel
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of TomMahan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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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 schoolboy
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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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 jonb5
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthirtysa
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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