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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 30
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002)
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Photo of meadhead
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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

meadhead, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

geexploitation, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of RevDru
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

RevDru, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

rallison, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

WeymouthMike, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Val-Dieu chalice, the beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with about an inch or so frothy head. The aroma isn't strong at all, but it does smell spicy and yeasty. Luckily the taste is much stronger than the aroma is. It tastes like pears, lemon, yeast, grapefruit, bananas, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a decent sipping beer as you can tell this beer has a higher ABV. I think this is a good beer, but not great. I'd still try it again sometime.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml caged & corked bottle, poured a hazy, hazy golden color with hints of orange, very nice lacing. Sweet, sugary Belgian yeast smell, juicy, touch of malt. Taste of light banana, spicy alcohol. Nice body, creamy, smooth, very drinkable but beware of the ABV. Very Nice!

Gmann, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep golden color with a moderate head that dissipates slowly.

Fruity esters tend toward mango and papaya.

Taste is of tropical fruit, very smooth and well-balanced. Overall impression is slightly sweet with no impact of hops.

Feels full and creamy in the mouth with a good deal of carbonation. That's how it feels, but doesn't appear heavily carbonated.

Again, very drinkable; in a sneaky way. Alcohol is well hidden.

techdiver, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow-gold color with a big white foamy head. Tons of sticky lace and the head lasts forever.
Smells of yeast, grass, spice and hops.
Taste is big up front with malty sweetness and alcohol. Next comes a bit of hop flavor, more malt and some citrus tang. Nice estery background taste.
Very filling body and pleasing aftertaste. Drinkability is sort of an issue because of the high ABV and residual sugar. Still, pretty nice for an afternoon sipping beverage.

joedon, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is high in the rankings, but I am not overwhelmed with warm thoughts when I drink this one. The appearance of the beer is good, a orange, yellow color with a big lasting head.

Smell, however, was 100% lactic acid, no doubt about it. This is not ment to be this way. Some grainy and yeasty smells break through, but it is just not enough.

In the taste I can not detect the lactic acid and although the taste is pretty yeasty, this does not ruin the beer. It is fruity and a bit smoky. The yeast determines most of the beers flavors, with mango, peach and smoky tastes. Body is medium and a bit on the sticky side. Some acidity is in there, but on an acceptable level.

This was not the beer I expected.

Absumaster, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the caged cork bottle, decants with a satisfying “pop.” Very appealing golden-clear body with many bubbles making their way to he surface. Head is voluminous and slightly off white; fading at a moderate pace, it leaves behind a solid sheet of foam and very good, intricate lacing. Nose is typical tripel material: a hint of alcohol, coriander spice, and yeast. Taste is bold and again representative: a semi-sweet yeasty malt start fades to a quick jolt of alcohol and then fades into a sweeter-than-expected malt slide to a semi-bitter, well balanced finish. The sweet malt and hops balance was more evident to me on this tripel than on others I’ve tasted, possibly punctuated by the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is good but not spectactular, a decent balance between watery and substantial. Drinkability is excellent despite the 9% ABV. The alcohol only peeks out occasionally, reminding you of its presence through a friendly warm glow.

This is an imminently enjoyable tripel, and I highly recommend it.

jettjon, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-golden colour with a powerful, fluffy white head. Spicy, candy-sugar scent with a sweet malt nose and no detectable hops.

Good, well balanced taste. Malts, candy sugar and a nice blast of spice and yeast. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Bready notes, with slight notes of caramel.

Good body. Despite the head, carbonation is not overwhelming. Drinkable to an extent. 9% abv limits the session factor, but this is very enjoyable.

BDTyre, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow/orange with good, sticky white head.

S - Intense apple and spicy aromas. A whiff of strong alcohol as well.

T/M - Big, round, complex flavours and a creamy mouthfeel. Buttery flavour and a lingering hop bitterness. A fleeting touch of tartness is present up from, but is quickly overwhelmed by a fruit, spice and a bitter finish.

D - Surprisingly light for the volume of flavour, and much more mellow than initially indicated by the nose.

allergictomacros, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of drotski
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a foggy pale straw color. Thick, fluffy and creamy pure white head. Immense lacing, and great retention.

Smells nice. Belgian yeast, fruity, slightly spicy aroma.

Great taste. Banana, pear, citrus with a nice hint of lemon. Slightly sweet to start with a slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing.

Great mouthfeel, nice and slightly thick. Quite a bit of carbonation, but that hides some of the alcohol flavor.

Very drinkable beer, but remember to pace yourself!

drotski, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fine hazed straw appearnce, very light colored in body, with a fluffy white head, slow fading. Good lacing, lots of bubbles.

Smell: Belgian yeast and pineapple, pepper and other spices, smooth yet has a bite.

Taste: Brilliantly crisp and spicy, light fruitiness and yeastiness. Pineapple, pear, finishing very nice. A high quality tripel.

Drinkablity: Quickly making it's way up my top styles, triples are a flavorful yet light way to enjoy Belgians, and this is no exception. Great drinkability, I will have no problem finishing this.

TastyTaste, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val Dieu Triple pours a golden color with a white head from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. The aroma is very mild, but fruity. Taste is a bit fruity, pear particularly stands out. Not as fruity as I might have liked. Very well balanced and not too sweet. A pretty enjoyable beer.

Drew966, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a beautiful August day at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Served in a chalice, it was a beautiful yellow/orange with a thick, sticky head. Stuck my nose in and inhaled a great mix of yeast and fruit, mostly banana. A spicy,fruity taste, very pleasant, with a nice tartness at the finish. Nicely carbonated, very smooth. Could easily have more than one.

lordofthewiens, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with one inch of foamy white head brimming Val Dieu's chalice perfectly. Long-lasting, creamy head lasting too long for me to wait. Brilliant yellow body loaded with oranges and deep copper colors. The body and head compliment one another superbly.

Immediately fused with banana and copious amounts of yeast on the nose. The banana gives way to a rush of walnuts and macadamias. Deeper within the yeast are bounties of roasted peanuts and a touch of spice. Val Dieu uses some of the most aromatic yeast that I've ever encountered.

Zesty and spicy on the tongue. Dominated by yeast from the get-go with the tastes of plantains, roasted peanuts and bananas. The mid-point reveals smooth toffee flavors. The finish is a little surprising. There is a sudden rush of sharp flavors suggesting lemons. The alochol content is only barely noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and creamy thanks in part to the constant, rich head. Some alcohol burn in the finish but nothing excessive.

Very tasty and complex qualities make drinkability high. The moderate ABV should be noted but I would certainly have more than one in a sitting.

Budlum, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/17/2005 $6.99 750 mL 9.00% No best by date, but with the high alcohol, it shouldn’t matter.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear pale straw in color with fine carbonation and a thin white head on top.

Aroma:

Has a lively piquant odor with fresh green pepper, black pepper a bit of sugar and a lively spicyness (coriander?) entice the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Somewhat dry with a definite pepper quality that tantalizes the tongue and dances across the mouth. Sweetens by midsip though the spicyness still dominates. Alcohol is nicely masked, though there is a sensation reminiscent of doing a vodka shot that sneaks into the corners of the mouth towards end sip. Nicely crafted, and definitely worth checking out.

cbl2, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very attractive, slightly hazy, orangey golden color. It has a thick, frothy two finger head, that leaves behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; the smell reminds me a lot of fruitcake, with strong bready and fruit aromas. There's apricots and pears, with a little citrus and candied sugar thrown in.

Taste; lots of bread/cake dough flavors with candied sugar mixed in. The fruits are there, but they're a little hard to pick out at first due to a very strong alcohol presence. I get the apricots and pears, with maybe a little raspberries. The taste and drinkability, both take hits due the really strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

I think this beer could be really great if the alcohol wasn't such a huge player in the flavor..

RedHaze, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of JulieRFoster
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is best enjoyed from afar. That is, its best aspects are in its appearance. The head is billowy and stiff like a meringue, with the same color. It has outstanding effervescence as large bubbles swirl clockwise around the bulb of the glass. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass like whipped eggwhites. The color is an attractive golden-blonde. It oddly smells like a heffe-wiezen with a lot of citrus in the nose. The taste is also citrusy, but it’s more orange while the smell is more like lemon. To its credit, the high alcohol content is practically unperceivable.
There isn’t must to say about this beer. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. Essentially it’s not worth getting unless you’re a frat boy who wants to get plastered without venturing too far from your demesne of cheap swill.

JulieRFoster, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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~~

wl0307, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: 11.2 oz Belgian phat glass
The last time I had this was from a 750ml bottle, let's see the difference.

Appearance is good, the lacing sticks to the side of the glass as it falls leaving a still thick head that looks like the top of a root beer float. The gold to brown color is transluscent and the carbonation is coming up through the middle of my beautiful Chimay glass.

A nice tangy fruit smell hits my nose and doesn't hurt, but soothes and comforts as I smell raspberry, apple, and pair. It is also bready and has another flavor of burnt sugar light in the backround.

Taste has a coppery flavor to it with the fruit taking a backseat and the bread is the secondary characteristic. The nose is like grandma's wheat bread, uncanny how they resemble eachother. It also has a bit of a pepper smell to it

Mouthfeel is good and smooth with carbonation. It falls on the tongue and foams so all of the flavors come out.

I will buy this the next time I'm in a liquor store.

Erdinger2003, May 31, 2006
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

WesWes, May 09, 2006
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.