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

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Reviews: 249
Hads: 448
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 50
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Belgium | 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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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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Photo of Philousa
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!

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Photo of Docrock
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 safaricook
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
L disappointing little white foam, murky pale orange
S phenols while it is colder then fruity mixture of apricot, banana and more and more pear, malt sweetness
T fruity, pears again, dry, some bitterness, phenolic, lingering, some band aid, a bit harsh, even some tartness to it, alcoholic sweetness
F plenty of carbonation, but still feels on the lower end of the style, medium body, quite substantial
O Great complex nose, the taste is complex but also a little harsh, drinkability could be better.

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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 jjm2503
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small (33cl) bottle poured into a Snifter.

A: A light amber, almost golden color. Light frothy head. Light lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity, almost of bananas. Sweet, slight citrus.

T: Surprisingly smooth, almost too smooth for a triple. More banana sweetness up front. A quite simple fruity middle with a hint of hops, and a very clean finish leaving just enough maltiness to make you want another sip.

M: Lightly carbonated, alcohol content is almost unnoticeable.

O: Was recommended to me by my bartender while I was in Belgium after I mentioned liking the Maredsous triple. It did not disappoint. Just enough complexity and flavor to keep you satisfied, but subtle enough to make it to keep drinking. Was my favorite triple of the whole trip.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth tripel with thick velvety head. Cloudy straw golden in color, perfect tripel aroma, flavor is smooth and buttery. Head completely coats the glass, all the way down to the end. This is a beauty of a beer....

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Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Nice golden color with a one-finger head that slowly falls to a lingering lacing.
S: Gorgeous aromatics- pure bread with subtle hints of honey, fruit and spices.
T: Similar flavors to the nose. Bready with hints of everything else. The alcohol just pokes its head through towards the end. Short finish.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth and enjoyable.
O: A well-made tripel I would not hesitate to recommend. Interestingly the nose is the best part.

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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 brugge2004
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750cl bottle less head and carbonation than previous tastings of this beer,cork stamped 7/11.The aroma is fruity and fairly complex,maybe a blend of apple but also a hint of dark fruit something I didn't get on previous notes at allThe color was a hazy straw color ,slightly less spice notes than was expecting, creamy mouth feel.Would like to say I rated this a little lower because of consistentcy from previous notes I would still try this one again

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

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.

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

My friend brought over a bottle to share, glad he did, since I never heard of this and really enjoyed it.

A- A straw yellow hue with a very fluffy white cap and good laceing sheets the glass.

S- lots of green apple and pear, honey, black pepper spice at the finish, sweet yeasty banana.

t- very champagne-like, as it is crisp and dry, with a prickly carbonation and a light sweetnes that suggests pear and green apple.

O- a really nice triple that is a little different from others I've had. More light fruits and spicy esthers than I would have expected, and I was really impressed.

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Photo of corsendonkfan
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 11.2% Fl oz bottle, poured a very light hazy non-transparent champagne color. Bottom of the bottle conained a good amount of sediment which was visible in the pour.

S: Has a green apple, sour grape smell. Very strong citrus smell.

T: Citrusy, for a High ABV beer you do not taste a lot of alcohol initially. Alcohol is overpowered by fruit tastes. Slightly spicy boozy aftertaste. Very sweet candy-like

M: Feel a lot of carbonation like champagne.

O: Very sweet/citrusy beer. I would compare it to De Dolle brews like Arabier but much sweeter. I enjoyed this beer very much, one of the better tripel's I've had.

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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 speter
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a two-finger head that left nice lacing.

S: Banana and quince with a yeasty Belgian overtone.

T: This is by far one of the most complex triples I've had. There is certainly banana upfront, but there is a domination of quince in the middle that I rarely find in the fermented world. The finish is long and rich, and the aftertaste is like eating ripe quince.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: This is a unique triple. I can't say it defined the class, but within the class, it is amazing. Seek this one out!

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Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet, the beer is golden brown and slightly opaque. This beer gives a show with the multiple streams of tiny bubbles throughout its volume streaming to the minuscule head.

Smell: Fresh apples, hay are dominant. Lemon, coriander.

Taste: Banana up front, followed by tropical fruit. Lacks a depth of flavor with a weak finish. Could be great.

Mouthfeel: Lots of alcohol heat. Watery. Dry finish.

Overall: A nice triple but not the best. Try it though as you may love it's unique characteristics.

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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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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.