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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
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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty orangey color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with a lightly spicy touch is very interesting. Taste is a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with some notes of fruity ester and some lightly spicy notes form the yeast. Great carbonation with a full body and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and something I wouldn't mind having regular access to.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before: 09/09/10

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Interesting aroma smelling of a blend of white wine, green apples, yeast, and a simple pilsner.

Taste: Pilsner maltiness with a slight bready character. Pop of sugariness alongside green apples, a touch of alcohol, and a sour yeastiness. Dash of white wine. Mild spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering sour fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Passable. By no means by favorite tripel, I would definitely prefer a Chimay over this.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 12/30/06 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity (banana & citrus) with yeast and a little bit of spice.

T: Sweet fruity flavors dominate the taste as they do the smell. There’s a big yeast background and some malt presence. The 9.00% ABV is well-hidden and the after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish from the sweetness.

D: Very tasty, goes extremely easily, not filling at all, quite poundable, but the ABV will catch up to you quickly. I liked this beer quite a bit.

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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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

I had two Val-Dieus (-x?) at Ebenezer's it seems. Poured into a stem glass, the tripel was a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that retained well. Aroma of pale malts, white wine, some alcohol; biscuity. Yeasty taste, with sugar and spice ever-present, apple skins and a white wine sensation. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the end for a dry finish. Pleasant, light-medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 1/2013 stamped on the cork. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, grape, apple, pear, pepper, herbal, clove, banana, honey, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of big lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, herbal, candi sugar, bread, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; with no cloying flavors at all as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, foamy, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 9%, with pretty much no warming on the finish at all. Overall this is an outstanding Tripel! Fantastic flavor complexity with great balance; and very smooth to sip on. This is definitely one of the best ones in the style I have had.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of off-white head; leaves moderate lace. The liquid is suitably cloudy and light gold-orange in color.

Classic Belgian smell of slightly sweet malt, strong yeast, and a sense of earthiness. Lots of spice (all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg)

The taste mirrors the smell except that this is smoother/creamier. Strong citrus flavors intermingled with the spice noted above. Thick body with a relatively low level of carbonation. The aftertaste is sour with a strong yeast bite.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right now, I'm in desperate need of relief from an excrutiating night at work, and this bottle just so happens to wait in the fridge. Let's hope it does the trick!

Untwisting the wire cage, almost there, and POP!, goes the cork with no effort or urging at all! Someone could have gotten hurt that way!
It's a foamy gusher, too, the suds filling the glass immediately, and spilling out of the sides, soI'll take time to admire the appearance, while it dwindles down. Hazy golden color, gorgeous, lace-weaving head, crystalline, pure white, fluffy as they come.

Aroma: light and angelic, a sublime sweetness, distinct candi sugar, a little fruity, spicy, ethereal and ultimately uplifting.

Now, to taste: very sweet, candy-ish, with fruit notes, peach, apricot, and orange, in attendance as well. Light in body, but long in flavor, with the sweetness profoundly impacted upon the palate, stays on board and tickles the senses for a few sweet seconds, then lightly drifts off. Flavor gets lemony, more spicy, prickly and sticky, near the end of the first glass, but let's not forget, this is a full 750ml bottle I'm exploring.

I consider what uses and occasions are ideal for this brew, and they can only be times when you need to bring up the happiness in your life, (like now, for weak and weary me), or when you're already happy, but could stand a little extra joy, what the hell. It's here in this bottle, just watch the cork, and get ready to slurp up some foam!

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle into my Val-Dieu Chalice. Bottle has a best before date of 7/30/11.

Pours a clear golden color with more than 2 fingers of white foam. Really good retension due to bubbles of carbination providing constant support. Significant amount of clingy lace all around the glass. Sweet aroma riddled with spice like clove and fruit similar to pears and apples. Some alcohol thrown into the aroma as well to mix it up. Taste is sweet upfront tasting like pear/apple and clove. Tiny bit of hop bitterness keeping the sweetness in check. Somewhat dry finish that is quite warming. Medium to light feel and highly carbed. Lingering taste of the fruity sweetness is left in the mouth that is similar to sour apple but without the sourness...if that makes any sense. Overall very enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It's light and fruity with loads of yeast esters and pale malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some residual sweetness. The taste is well balanced and quite fruity with a nice yeasty element. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew with high drinkability. It's not my favorite triple, but it works for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A one inch head off the pour is given that is nice and creamy. Some decent staying power and gives some good lacing. Body color is a gold to brown and slightly orb glowing amber, with hints of yellow on the edges. I can't see any rising carbonation.

Nose is very creamy smelling. Mushy fruit and big malt. This almost smells like apple pie. Very impressive and very different.

Taste is a large big banana mush, with large milkshake creamy palate and consistency. Light carbonation with just a hint of fizz quality. Fruity, estery, creamy.

Overall this really reminds me more of a hefeweizen it's really interesting. However, banana is not a fav flavor of mine so I would rather go for another tripel. It is a very well put together beer no question, but not for me.

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

I bought a bomber bottle, and it poured a nice gold color with a 1" head in my Chimay glass. The carbonation was strong, and there was a floral yeasty aroma to the beer. The aroma translated into the flavor on the tongue, with a slight bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp, and there was a mellow yeast aftertaste. The alcohol was not overpowering, and this was one of the mildest tripels I have consumed.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is of a 33cl brown bottle obtained from the brewery in 2008. The best before date is 14th May 2009, the date of the tasting was 31st August 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice very slowly to prevent as much sediment as possible stayed within the glass.

Even though it was poured sedately there was a slight cloudy hue to the dull blond body of the beer. the head was only a wisp from the off, the pour might have helped to prevent one being produced, but I doubt it, as I tried to encourage the beer to pour at the begining of the emptying.

A fairly sweet yeast aroma with hay and wheat esters coming out as well.

Sweet and sour taste, it reminded me of the less sour citrus fruit of Pink Grapefruit in its flavour. Well carbonated and with a plesant tang, the 9% sat well within the brew and although noticeable it take over such is the strenght of the its flavours and balance.

Very drinkable!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Some sediment was noticed in the bottle, but a careful pour yielded only small traces of yeast particles on a hazy gold body. Tightly beaded bubbles form a formidable foam cap and retention is excellent. This beer looks lively with active carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: Complex nose boasts Belgian yeast with a sweet apricot note and some underlying white pepper spice. Bready malts. A soft whiff of alcohol peeking though. Complexities abound.

Taste: A well balanced tripel with a nice peppery spice and undistinguishable fruit presence. Sharp carbonation along with an earthy and tea like hop expression. Some creamy malt melds well with the chalky yeast. Gradually the alcohol comes into the picture. Authentic, alittle raw but graceful about it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, effervescent, strong carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: Solid, solid tripel. True to the style, has a good bit of character and more going for it than many interpretations out there. Very fine beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a pure white head that sticks around as a medium cap. Fairly nice lacing. Not as sweet smelling as some Tripels, but with the standars Belgian yeast nose with cloves, tangy sweetness, and dry spice. Fairly mellow flavor with the alcohol well hidden. Relatively dry for the style with a creamy light sweetness and some light pineapple, banana, and tangerine flavors. Very smooth and even a bit nutty and creamy on the finish. Not quite as full flavored as some, but the restrained sweetness and the nicely subtle flavors are very pleasant.

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

A: Poured a deep yellow/gold with a very thick fluffy white head.

S: Sharp citrus notes, some other fruits and light flowers

T: Fruity, slightly sweet taste, hints of spice, some candy, booze sting

M: Slick mouthfeel. Very well carbonated.

O: A very good Tripel overall.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 01/06/07, served lightly-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: lightly cloudy, dark yellowish straw, with some orangey hints; coming with a white pillowy beer head, slowly settling to a thin "furry" carpet, leaving very tight sheets of lacing on the track... lively carbonated body.
S: juicy and cake-ish maltiness plus softly candy-sugary and mildly caramely (Munich?) malts prevail upfront; backed by deeper scents of Chinese green-bean paste, honey-drink, sweet lemony+orange-syrupy+grassy (Goldings+Hersbrucker) hoppyness, ginger+coriander, and a touch of chewy fruit-estery yeastiness... quite complex yet approachable and evolving all the time.
T: sweet lemon-cordial, chewy orangey hops, coriander+peppery-spiciness, followed by an assertive but rather light-bodied candyish and mildly grainy malts; leaving a sour-sweet citric-juicy and pheonolic flavour in the end... Although the flavour is a touch too sweet for my taste, the lingering, mildly zesty, tangy and semi-dryish touch does seem to balance the overall palate.
M&D: creamy texture and rather light-bodied for a 9.0%abv. The alc. strength hides very well, like other mellow yet robust Tripels, showing good signs that this is a really mature product with a good depth. Not terribly complex, but very enjoyable all the same~~

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Photo of jdhilt
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Belgian's are so good and this brew is no exception. Cloudy yellow, good head - pour carefully, leaves a lot of lace. Sweet malty nose and sweet taste, finish is sweet and smooth the hops are there but very subtle. Medium body. Not much sediment in bottle or glass.

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