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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

394 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Photo of YankChef
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a ommegang hennepin glass. no freshness date, picked up from clearance display. This is a review of the bottom portion of the beer.

Appearance: pours a dark blonde with hints of orange. CHUNKY, sediment is very apparent, with a large amount settling at the bottom. 1/4 inch thick sudsy head that clings all the way down and leaves a decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of honey and orange, corriander and floral notes.

Taste: Upfront there is a sweetness that is akin to the honey aroma as well as orange. It then goes to more of an almost acidic tartness. There is definitely a bit of astringency left on the palate that leaves you wanting more.

Overall: This beer is damn drinkable at 9%abv, dangerously so. Very complex and highly enjoyable, even if you don't like this style, or even belgians i highly recommend this beer!

Photo of keyserkeg
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cl bottle in to a chalice.

Opaque golden bronze, with 2 cm head and blanket like lacing. Beefier looking than the average tripel.

Aroma of vanilla, sweet apples, light spice, and yeast.

Spicy and hop character on the front, bready & yeasty with an alcohol reminder in the middle (just a flash). Wonderful fruity sweet finish that dissipates very slowly and smoothly.

Medium, substantial mouthfeel, with classic tripel carbonation. Warms the back of the throat.

Delicious beer that if not for the 9% ABV, I could have several.

Photo of Squaretooth
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val Dieu Tripel

1 pint 9.4 oz cork caged bottle.

Very shallow cork flew off and nearly put out my eye. An immediate sour apple smell wafted up and I knew immediately I was in for a real treat.

Pours with a very thin light head and is a translucent light amber color showing plenty of carbonation. Lacing is surprisingly good all the way down.

Mouthfeel yielded a fairly carbonated bite that lasted all the way down. The taste is every bit as good as the smell. A very nice light apple citric-like taste that is not too complex and very pleasing. Drank from a Westmalle trappist goblet.

This one ranks up among the better tripels. Hard to beat. My only complaint is the cork is a bit too shallow and potentially dangerous when opening. I like this tripel a lot but not at the expense of blindness by cork.

Photo of StoutPiper
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My review of this beer might be a bit skewed, I've been tasting different styles brewed by this abbey all night.

Immediately when i popped the cap, the beer began to foam out the top, and took a good 30 seconds to subside, I was scared that it would be over-carbonated. I was wrong.

The bottle poured perfectly into the snifter that came with the box set, creating a nice, full head which quickly subsided. The smell was extremely understated for the amount of flavor packed in this beer, but it was all yeast and citrus. the color was a golden brown, opaque and fairly light for a tripel.

The first sip was incredible, although suspiciously similar to the blonde ale brewed by the same abbey. the mouthfeel is allright, a bit overcarbonated for the style in my opinion, but still great. True to style, the beer drinks like a champagne, all sweet yeast and citrus, with very little malt.

Overall a very drinkable, wonderful tripel. Far better than two brothers' version, but not quite as good as a Chimay. Worth a try for sure!

Photo of Contra
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Abbaye du Val-Dieu snifter, this Belgian tripel appears golden-translucent at first, with an almost-sediment like carbonation making it appear cloudy. Aroma is amazing, yeasty with a semi-sweet scent. Flavor is similar, but more complex. Almost champagne-like.

Overall, tripels are amongst my favorite beer styles, and this is now amongst my favorite tripels. Good stuff.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am more of a fan of dubbels than tripels, but this is much better, IMO, than Val Dieu brune. Pours a nice golden color, with sediment in the glass. Smells of esthery fruits, maybe pears and corriander. Belgian candied sugar is evident too. Very smooth..Not much aftertaste, except for the fruit. No sourness, no bitterness. Great lacing! Very strong and deceptively so. A true keeper and an outstanding beer.

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

Pours a clear, straw yellow color with bright white head. Micro sized bubbles retain forever with modest lace.

Nose has some nice banana and other fruits together with a nice estery component. Fresh.

Palate is soft with malty sweetness, more fruit, some banana especially, and finishes with light dessert spices.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the old toad in a goblet.

Hazy yellow with a touch of orange hue. Mild big-bubbled carbonation. Sticky and still. Decent malt backbone to it with the sweet at the end and the citrus at the start. Well hidden alcohol, warming but smooth as butter. Overall a decent tripel.

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

A fine looking tripel. It pours a fairly transparent light gold. Decent size head, but good lacing.

A slight apricot and lemon aroma was present, nice malt sweetness, but faint. A dry husk aroma comes out as it warms.

On the fruity side for a tripel (apples and pears), as opposed to a spicy character. A bit of honey is apparent as well. A nice clean tasting Tripel, a little bit of pilsner sweetness, but still a dry Belgian. A great tasting balanced tripel. The alcohol is slighltly warming, and it has a slight bitter finish. A balanced, very enjoyable tripel.

Mild carbonation for a Belgian, but still a very light feel to it.

Excellent drinkability. Tripels are slowly becoming my favorite style. This isnt exceptional, but it is extemely drinkabke, and very flavorful.

Photo of stevecee2003
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a short-fat bottle. No date.

Very thin, perhaps light golden hue, but with many little bubbles, and a gentle haze. Beautiful lace. My beer upbringing tells me that the lace alone is a good sign that it may be one fine beer.

I am not great with smells, but I can tell the slight scent of pears.

Fluffy. Thats the word that describes it. With a slightly full, yet medium bodied fullness. The label says 9 percent. This is where it comes through. There is a snip from the yeast.

Overall it may be great for some, but not really my kind of beer. I can tell it is very well made. It is probably great for those for whom it matches. Just not me.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a nice golden orange with floating sediment and a medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose of hoppy fruit (apples) along with cinnamon spices. Mouthfeel was tingly and spicy, and the flavor was a pleasant mix of the spices and fruits. As the beer warmed at mid-glass, the 9% alcohol worked its way into both the aroma and the flavor, just enough to add an extra kick.

Finally, the finish was long and warming, with just a hint of bitter. Though not meant as such, this would make a good winter warmer.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw amber with a moderate head and generous lacing with some yeast sediment.
Almost no nose-- a faint hops nose comingled with a slight hint of it's 9% ABV.
Flavor is a light potpourri of citrus, hops and yeast- without the complexity that I expected. Flavor ingredients were less robust than I expected from a Triple. Certainly the ABV was as expected, yet the flavor was that of a light "summer time" refreshment beer.
The finish was clean although like it's flavor, a fast finish that dissolved leaving notes of citrus and hops.
After I finished the bottle I kept wondering if this beer was worth the price per bottle.
I think this beer is a nice refresher beer but not the first triple I'd reach for.

Photo of jim102864
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a terrific beer bar in Tampa, FL - World of Beer. Stop by if you're in the area.

Served on tap and in a beautiful long stemmed goblet with "Abbaye Du Val-Dieu" and a cathedral stenciled on the side. Nice presentation and off to a good start.

The appearance was a hazy yellow wit a thin head but legs and lace throughout the experience. Served nicely chilled.

The nose was the weak point of this brew. Very difficult to discern but whispers of hay, lemon zest, maybe a hint of vanilla. I'd like it to be more pronounced than this.

The taste was citrusy with lemons and grassy. Somewhat tart.

Citrus notes in the mouthfeel with lemons inthe finish.

Really not my favorite style of Belgian, but still a good brew to enjoy on a warm summer day in Florida or anywhere else.

Photo of WMBierguy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a yellow-gold, producing a clear white head that leaves tracings down the side of the bottle. The beer smells like a typical tripel, but the alcohol scent is very noticable. Thankfully, the alcohol doesn't dominate the flavor nearly as much as it dominates the aroma. The flavor is great. It's hard to describe beyond saying that it's an appetizing example of the triple. The most amazing thing about this beer is its drinkability. The ABV is 9%, but you'd never guess it by the taste. The beer's flavor overwhelms the alcohol, and the only hint of the strong alcohol (other than the smell) is a moderate alchol bite at the end of the drink. Overall, this is a 9% ABV beer that has a bite no more noticable than that of a typical Bock beer.

I highly recommend this tripel. Be careful, though, as it can put you down quickly with its deceptive strength.

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark-golden color with a thick white head from a short 11oz bottle. Head fell slowly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

Smells like it has a nice full flavor. Smells sweet and herbal.

Yep, it has a nice full flavor. Sweet and maybe citrus. You can taste the alcohol (9%) in it. Nice.

Full bodied and very smooth in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable. I like this beer a lot.

Photo of fingolfin72
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, hazy bronze with a tall, off white head. The foam subsided within a few minutes, but the lacing persisted.

Nose- subtle. Toast, caramel, butter.

The palate is big and refined. Toffee, banana, bread and a wee little quinine-like tang. The finish is clean and not particuarly lengthy. The alchohol is apparent but appropriate.

Just drinkable enough to be dangerous.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear brighty golden, slightly orange. As I recall the bottle is somewhat hazy. Good lacing, fluffy white head.

Some sweet fruity pulp flavors, unripe apple and some peppery yeast.

This is one easy drinking tripel, first hit on the tongue is a crisp fruity ester flavor, like thick cider with honey. A little more of a hop presence than I'm used to in a tripel, but the yeast dominates the flavor profile. That pepper from the aroma comes back at the tail end of things.

Very good easy drinker, very flavorful, easy to convince others of its qualifications. Solid tripel.

Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served with a great head that was slow to diminish but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of great spice and floral hops. The taste was of sharp crisp citrus and spice. The beer was very creamy in the mouth and the alcohol was well hidden, this is one to be careful with. Overall, I must say this is an outstanding beer.

Photo of crazynipple
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle brought from Belgium by my sister.

Served in a St Feuillien challice at 50 deg F.

Pours a light gold color with good carbonation.

Yeasty/fruity smell, but not overpowering.

Strong taste at first, then it mellows. Typical high gravity Belgian ale.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Liquid velvet.

Very drinkable, but not too many because of the high alcohol content.

Photo of meadhead
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich Caramel Malt
yeast ester
Mellow Nut Spice

A simple straight forward
easy sipping fine tripel

A yellow-ish hazy orange
with a bit of sticking lace

Smell is mild
Sweet Nut and mellow

Taste is straightforward
Rests on the middle of the palatte
between
tart yeast ester
sweet Nut caramel malt
and a perfect bit of
very slightly dry
hop alcohol finish

Mouthfeel is great
a pleasing mild carbonation
wtih a very slightly syrupy feel
and a superbly hidden ABV
No over drying effect
or astringent alcohol phenols

Drinkability for a tripel
Easily Good to great
sips then gulps
with acclimation
to its mellow flavor state

Photo of geexploitation
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear and light gold, with a just slightly off-white head that lacks volume but coats the side of the glass in Brussels lace. Fairly slight aroma of white candi sugar and a vague, rough aroma... like fine-grained sandpaper, but the beige, uncolorful kind. What I'm saying is that the aroma is not too compelling. Taste is pretty sweet, with just a touch of hop bitterness that doesn't do enough to balance things out. There's a creaminess to the mouthfeel that combines with the sweetness of the palate to make things unpleasantly sweet. Overall, this is an OK tripel, but not something that displays the balance and depth of aroma/flavor that the better example of the style do. Nice to try, but not worth buying a second time for me... I'll stick with the Val-Dieu blond and brown -- they're better.

Photo of RevDru
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw yellow with a half-inch of foam and highly active carbonation.

S - Sweet, malty aromas with notes of fresh grass and a touch of lemon. Slightly herbal.

T - Sweet and fruity, with notes of banana and orange. Warming grain notes back up fruit flavors. Almost no bitterness at all. Subsequent tastes bring a hint of fresh bread.

M - Very active carbonation leaves a crisp, bubbly feel, followed by a nice touch of warmth.

D - A higher ABV without a strong alcohol taste. Makes me think of a warm summer meadow. This beer's overall qualities are why I love triples so much.

Photo of rallison
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's into a mini Chimay goblet.

Very nice tripel. Flavors were quite well balanced, with an earthy character. Had some banana and coriander flavors too. Mouthfeel was on the thicker side, and very enjoyable. Drinkability is quite good for the alcohol.

All in all, a recommended tripel. Nicely balanced, tasty and all around enjoyable.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy head which doesn't fade, really I poured this from a 33ml bottle a good 40+ minutes ago and the head is holding strong.

Not much of a nose, with a strong sniff I detect phenols and some metallic like smell.

The metallic taste is the first characteristic I am able to find followed by the alcohol. Some light banana and cloves are also found.

Mouthfeel is creamy with little carbonation.

Not something I would go looking for. I wish I had a large bottle as smaller bottle tend to deliver as well in my experience.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.