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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

391 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 34
Gots: 23 | 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

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

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Photo of joedon
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of jettjon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of drotski
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of cbl2
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of RedHaze
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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..

Photo of JulieRFoster
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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~~

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a disappointment. Pour from a 33cl bottle was a clear yellow, with a foamy white head if done aggressively.

The aroma, nothing – can’t believe it. Quaff was surprisingly dull and weak, No spice or sugar cane to be found. Mouth was the standard – thin and fuzzy from the carbonation.

Guess I’ll be on the bottom of reviewers, just found this boring and tedious. I should give it another chance, but doubt if I get around to it.

Photo of tavernjef
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tarnished and pale hay yellow, yeast pour turns it opaque at the the end of the 750ml pour. No head was ever produced nor was any lacing ever evident. A poor quality appearance for a Belgian in my book. Perhaps a bad bottle as it didn't seem to have much pop with the cork twist.

Aroma is dull and yeasty dry with a smurfed in, super lagging citrus rind squeeze and a partial mustyness staying true to the overall.

Flavors are unimpressive with not much complexity going on within its taste as it nearly mirrors the dull aroma with mostly a yeasty dryness and a floating citrus rind fruity flatness. It has no real finishing qualities as it just kinda sits there making no change, nor does it attempt to. A slight tug of warmth in an ethonal-like surge makes a throat coarsing texture within the yeatsy dryness. Other than that... its borderline boring in taste for a Tripel.

Feel is soggy and flat in carbonation among a smooth, unexcited mediumish body. Very pale, quite dull, and underwhelming. Only thing likable is the warmth that does have a nudge of complexity in spice nearer the fade across the finish late.

"Disappointed..."

Photo of rodrot
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a large pillowy head. A layer of nice lacing sticks to the side of my Duvel glass. Aroma is sweet, spicy and malty. Taste is typical for a Tripel: spicy, fruity, peppery and yeasty with that trademark sweetness that Belgian candi sugar lends to this type of brew. This beer is light to medium bodied on the palate with a dry finish. This is very easy drinking for it's strength. Not one of the better Tripels out there, but still plenty good.

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

Pours a deep yellow/gold with a very thick fluffy white head.

Sharp citrusy and fruity aromas. From a combination of hops, yeast and candy sugars I presume.

Fruity, slightly sweet taste.

Syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Very carbonated. Rummy, candy sugar alcohol warmth in the throat.

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

Poured a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Not sure what to say about this beer that hasn't already been said

It was very good. I guess the easiest thing to put down is:
Looked like a tripel, smelled like a tripel and tasted like a tripel.

Overall a good beer.

Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully hazed scorched honey pour with a fantastic 3 fingers of white froth in my Duvel tulip. As the head s-l-o-w-l-y recedes, generous globs of lace are left in it's wake.

Aroma is nice but nothing extraordinary; sweet pinapple, green apple, musty white grape, spicey yeast, and some tropical fruits. Standard Tripel nose.

Flavor improves on the nose with sticky cotton candy malts, honey, sweet/tart Granny Smith apple, candied pinapple and mango, light peach, and musty minerality. Overall a bit sweet with not quite enough to balance it out. Finishes quite dry with subtle hops and light mineral notes. No trace of the 9% abv.

Body is medium, softly carbonated, with a creamy mouthfeel and sticky, slick texture. Very easy to drink for a strong ale.

Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: One of the best tripels I've seen poured. Tons of bubbles circulating, a beautiful head that sits perfectly atop the glass, and tons of covering and clumpy lacing as I drink (when the head finally settles). Not only that, but there are so many bubbles gurgling up that they recharge the head in a way, always pushing it up and forming the thinnest layer of bubbles at the bottom. Amazing.

Smell: Sweet malt, candi sugar, heavy alcohol, and dark fruit. Wish there was more of a banana presence, or fruit akin to that kind of aroma. But alas, this is still pretty fine.

Taste: The balance here is what wins me over. Lots of ripe fruit is at the forefront, which then sinks into more malt character, thick Belgian yeast, some earthiness and slight phenols, and finally all of it coming together with a tad bit of dryness and bitterness to round things out. Without balance this could go to possibly bad places, but since it's here and done very very well (not to mention the lack of alcohol presence in the taste), it makes it a sipper and one I want to keep going back to.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, and very creamy. Light carbonation toward the end, but enough to not make it cloying, and it ends up being beyond fitting.

Drinkability: An excellent tripel. Val Dieu hasn't let me down, and the three brews I've had have all been pretty fantastic. If you can find the gift pack and you're a Belgian fan, don't hesitate to pick any of the styles up, the tripel being one of the best.

Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Karmeliet chalice.

Appearance was orange in color and a creamy head looked promising, but fell apart and left spotty lacing. The smell was very interesting, involving various fruits in which apricot, apple, and pear were included. The taste was much of the same, but I also found some spices including vanilla and nutmeg. Body was medium to full, nice and creamy going down. I really enjoyed drinking this one down, and will probably be picking up another bottle in the future.

Photo of geetlord
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured clear and golden with a white head. It had a sweet and flowery aroma. It tasted sewwt, flowery, had no pronounced bitterness. it was light and very nicely carbonated. I thaught that it was very well ballanced and generaly great tasting.

Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.