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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

238 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 238
Hads: 418
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of jjm2503
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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.... (218 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of brugge2004
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (466 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of corsendonkfan
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of speter
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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! (597 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into its proper goblet.

A: Clear pale amber body, 2 1/2 fingers of thick, creamy, rocky white foam. Spectacular retention and thick, chunky lace. Quintessentially perfect-looking Tripel.

S: Sweet and hugely estery. Banana, bubblegum, apple, caramel, toffee. A bit of peppery spice keeps it from being too lopsided toward sweetness. Excellent.

T: Sweet toffee malt, fruity yeast, spicy finish. Lots of bubblegum and caramel. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but delicious all the same. Great job keeping the booze in check.

M: Medium body with a huge amount of lightly prickly carbonation. Ok.

O: Of all the Tripels I tried for the first time on my trip to Belgium, this was hands-down the most enjoyable (with Gouden Carolus not far behind). I think I'd still probably prefer Karmeliet or St Bernardus, but this one is definitely in the same ballpark. Great stuff.

Cheers! (908 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a white cap with decent lacing.

S: Some light spice and clove aromas up front followed by smells of biscuits and light breads. There are some sweet candy and light fruit notes in there, but they're surprisingly subtle.

T: Light fruit and clove flavors at first followed by a slightly bitter bread and yeast flavor that dominates all other flavors. There is an underlying honey-sweet flavor as well.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is pretty well attenuated but there is a bit of an underlying sticky sweetness that keeps it from being as crisp as it should.

O: A decent beer, but a bit bland overall. I'd like more presence from both the light fruit flavors as well as the spicy yeast characteristics. And while it's not as bad as many takes on the style, there's still a bit of a sticky sweetness in there that detracts from the flavors. (934 characters)

Photo of runner72
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 26 oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, golden color. Three finger with head, good retention. Looks very appealing. Smell is combination of pepper, yeast, grassy, vanila. Taste is great! Hints of pepper, earthy, yeast. Very little hops. You can't taste the alcohol at all. Very smooth. Perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation dominates. Overall, a great Tripel! (401 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of brewdenver
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl poured into a Val-Dieu glass

A: Gold in color slightly cloudy. Poured a relatively low head dying quickly. Medium to strong lacing and fingers around glass.

S: Fruity aroma, that reminds me of banana's, sugar candy, peach. Very pleasant to take in.

T: WOW! This is one delightful beer. Banana, candy, other fruit flavors probably brought out by the hops and yeast. It starts out sweet. With a nice clean middle finishing slightly dry and with many flavors left on the palette. It truly begs you to drink more.

M: Good carbonation dancing on the tongue and bringing out the flavors and aromas of the hops. A good malty characteristic letting you know there was no lack of grain used in this beer. Some Belgiums seem to get their sweetness and abv from the candy leaving it a bit watery. Not the case here.

This is a damn good beer. I was able to get this in a gift pack along with two other Val-Dieus. The only bomber or single I have been able to find of Val-Dieu is the Grand Cru. Which is also one hell of a beer. Just wish I could find this one as well. (1,069 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a cloudy medium amber with a large frothy white head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was heavy of a doughy yeast, a cereal malt and a light flowery hop with notes of citrus and apricot. It tasted sweet and mildly bitter at first and developed into a sweet , smooth and creamy flavor with nice notes of fruit. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a very soft carbonation. Overall a very tasty Tripel. (502 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a small 11.2 oz bottle from a Whole foods mix and match 6 pack. Poured into a frosty glass beer mug.

A: When I initially poured this, it was a very light blond beer similar to a Belgian whitbier. It frothed up immediately with a big pillowy 2" head as thick as mashed potatoes. Lacing is tenacious with all day long cling. It looks beautiful.

S: Smells of biscuity hay with traces of mango.

T: Delicious citrus notes with spiced flavors of pepper, mustard, apple, mandarin orange and caramel malts. Dried grapes and peach on the exhale.

M: A good amount of carbonation with some sting from alcoholics and a very mild hop flavor. Warms with a wet belly.

D: Very drinkable and strong. You'll want more than one. Just pace yourself. (747 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet...

A: Light amber hue, fairly clear with a nice frothy white head, great lacing and great retention.

S: Classic tripel aromas, crisp light fruit of white grape, peach, green apple, faint floral hops and big presence of yeast and biscuit-like malt.

T: Starts off very crisp with lots of bright fruit and citrus zest, biscuit and caramel malt flavors come in next with a big presence of the yeast and a long dry finish of fruit and grassy floral hops.

M: Doesn't feel like 9% on the palate, very clean and crisp and smooth on the finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a tripel, found myself trying to slow down just to enjoy it more, very smooth and bright. (677 characters)

Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
91 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.