Val-Dieu Triple - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Rich amber with a hint of orange, a fine yeasty haze and sheets of Champagne-like bubbles. The head is absolutely phenomenal. It's polished ivory in color and is as whipped creamy as any I've seen in a while. It's also a chiseled, rocky masterpiece as it falls, depositing thick chunks of foam, not lace exactly, all over the glass.
It's a good tripel nose, not quite a great one. The focal point is golden orchard fruit with hoppy underpinnings, both floral and earthy, as well as a light sprinkling of spice. Alcohol is noticed, as well it might be at 9.0%, although it's complementary rather than abrasive. My hope is that it's as well-behaved on the palate as it is in the nose.
Val-Dieu Triple is good beer. It isn't as dizzyingly complex and as nuanced as some, nor is it as powerfully spicy and as assertive as others. That doesn't mean that it isn't just as good in its own way. There's a fair amount of pale malt, with sweetness easing ahead of bitterness during the first half of each mouthful. The flavor profile changes smoothly in mid-course so that bitter and spicy make more of a statement late. Brandy-soaked apricots and peaches hold the center as far as specific flavors.
Alcohol is more noticeable than in some tripels. However, it's so smooth and so comfortably warming that to ratchet it down would be to lessen the beer in my opinion. The brewery's website includes the phrase "strength and serenity!" to describe this beer. A more than apt choice of words, I'd say.
This may be the most thoroughly lace-encrusted glass that I've ever seen for a non-hoppy, high-ABV beer. The mouthfeel doesn't quite achieve silky, but it's supremely smooth and is several notches more full than medium. Despite the crazy amount of visible carbonation and the outstanding, persistent head, the beer is anything but overcarbonated in the mouth.
Val-Dieu (Valley of God) Triple is somewhat unheralded, but it still manages to holds its own with some of the better known tripels from the land of all good tripels, Belgium. Although it doesn't supplant my favorites, it's clearly a well-crafted beer that should be a source of pride to the brothers of Abbaye Val-Dieu. Its strength (and quality) has led to my serenity. I like this one.
11-14-2005 16:14:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured a deep slightly hazy golden with some noticable deep orange hue,the aroma definently had a little funkiness to it like wet grain and sour apple with that Belgian yeastiness some clove and smoke.Big phenolic flavors quite spicey with an underlying powdered suger note there is a decent fruity apricot-like flavor in the finish that lingers nicely.A solid Triple I have had better but this is not shabby by any means at all.
11-06-2005 22:42:47 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: Pours almost perfectly clear with a ¼ White head of medium sized bubbles. The head was maintained pretty well by quite a few bubbles rising. There was some light lacing on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: Grainy earthy aromas with a bit of subtle fruit like red apples in particular. A little bit of lemons mixed with bread is also noticeable in the background. The dry grainy malts and subtle fruit that make up the majority of the profile are reminiscent of a Kolsch with the volume turned WAY up.
Taste: Some mild spices and sweet sugary malt are the first things you notice. The citrus fades in a little later than I am used to for this style. This almost sweet and sour citrus thing that is going on in the middle gradually fades to a dry and slightly fizzy mouthfeel. There is some apparent alcoholic warmth that sets in late in the finish, and sticks around for some time...at least until my next sip.
Opinion: This is a really nice beer. It is a bit on the clean side for a Tripel, and is probably the clearest example that I have had that is truly from Belgium. I cant knock it for being clean, but I was a little surprised by this beer. Reading the BJCP guidelines for this style, it calls for predominant citrus and that the malt should support. In this case, the malt is a key player. This isnt a bad thing, but something to note. I really like this beer, but its not big on the mouth-puckering effect that drives many of us to seek out Tripels.
10-24-2005 02:48:02 | More by SkeeterHawk
4/5 rDev -3.4%
This beer poured a nice golden yellow with a billowy white head.
The aroma was sugary sweet with candi sugar and pale malts.
The flavor is malty sweet with a lot of candi sugar in there as well. There were a lot of fruity esters, apple, pear, and a touch a citrus.
The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.
I thought this was a very drinkable triple and I would highly recommend it.
10-04-2005 00:21:36 | More by Brian700
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Very nice. Another fine specimen thrust upon us by Belgium. Pretty much a quintessential tripel. Bitterness comes at you about midway through a sip, not in your face. Big fruit overtones. Tastes of currants.
This one had a "12/06" on the cork, which i am forced to assume must mean "best if consumed by," since it is 9/05. Guess it could have aged some more, but it really didn't need it. Was wonderful as is. Enjoyed some of it during a cool walk on the beach with my wife, the rest while cooking and then eating dinner (chicken enchiladas).
09-17-2005 00:55:46 | More by Bonhoeffer
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
This is a bad ass tripel. Poured out to a damned nice rich golden color with high carbonation and a foamy white cloud like head. Heavy odors of bread and yeast, with some sweet apple and hop notes. Very tempting. Taste was very consistant and complex. Flavors of mild yeast, hops, and some sweet malt. Very crisp and vibrant mouthfeel. Finished mildly sour and sweet. This is a good tripel for those looking for a starting point in the style. I personally will be buying more of these. Highly Recommended.
09-01-2005 00:36:37 | More by Frozensoul327
3.6/5 rDev -13%
Bought at the cultuur & folklore festival in Wijnandsrade
This beer poured a cloudy golden brew with a decent head. Good lacing.
Aroma is malty and spicy with some funky/barnyard yeasty aroma's popping up in the backgournd. Taste has these same yeasty, woody flavours but is also spicy and fruity. There's no bitter finish, so the beer becomes a bit too sweet and tiring after a while. Crisp and pleasant mouthfeel.
Not nearly the best beer in this style but still a pleasant and solid example.
08-21-2005 16:55:30 | More by Paddez
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Light honey colour, ever so slightly hazy....absolutely glows when put up to the light. Nice white finger thick fluffly head, which goes away fairly quickly, leaving thick wet lace behind.
I get the aroma well before I even put my nose to the glass. Seems like this may be an intense sensory experience. Sticking my nose to the glass, I get s light spicy hint- but it's all about fruity smells- banana, peach, a bit of papaya, and some sour apple. Theres also a little hop underneath.
The flavour has a strong spicy top, with a pungent bottom that seems to have some grapefruit as well as some sort of licorice bits to it. Very woody and spicy on the finish. The alcohol is very present at the end. Very nice.
Mouthfeel has a low tight carbonation throughout. The feel of the liquid emerges mid to end, slightly thicker than you might imagine.
It would be a good session beer, I think- if you like doing that with higher gravity stuff. It might be a bit intense for some, but I'm quite fond of this one for an evening's work. :)
08-11-2005 04:56:06 | More by UncleFlip
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle with a Aug. 2006 "drink by date" notched in the side of the label.
A semi-cloudy golden-honey colored ale with a soft, thin head that clings dearly down a chalice. A soft fruit note coupled by yeast and alcohol compose of the overall scent.
Flavor is wonderful and bright. Tasty flavors of honey, apple, table sugar, and a slight rum note cascade the palate. Creamy, but dry, finish. A slight, herbal hop note dances through in the finish as well. Tight, phenolic nuance keeps the dryness pleasant. Subtle, yet refined. A nice classic belgian flavor.
The 9% alcohol content is nowhere near your immediate awareness because this drink is so light and crisp. It's refreshing and it is an early evening drunk's dream. Just from personal experience. :)
Somehow I can perceive myself eating warm apple pie with fresh whipped cream and sippin' this at the same time.
08-05-2005 22:00:12 | More by Zraly
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
I may have converted a Michelob Ultra drinker with this one. Two sips in and I knew this was going to be in my top 10 favorites til the end of time. Or at least for a while. Pours a golden, slightly hazy color with white white head and a bit of delicate lacing down the sides.
Smells delicious. Lots of fruits- apple, pear, apricot, and a dash of honey. Bits of pepper as well. Tastes great, too. So fruity and light and floraly, with a tich of a sour/spicy finish that really rounds out the flavors nicely.
Mouthfeel is a taaaad watery, but the lightness is nice. Highly, highly drinkable. 9%? Where is it? Can't smell it, can't taste it- I can certainly feel it, but man- a sneaky little bastard. Reminds me of Hennepin a little bit, and la Fin du Monde. Extremely enjoyable.
07-26-2005 22:57:04 | More by scooter231
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
The bottle has a date of 20/01/07. I assume this means drink before Jan. 20, 2007. Today is June 17, 2005.
Served at 50 degrees from an 11.2oz bottle. Poured into an orval chalice. Is there protocal for mixing beers with chalices? It would seem that I would have quite an expensive collections of glassware if I collected one glass per beer...in any event, maybe that is a better topic for the forum rather than my review.
The beer pours nicely with a bright white head forming quickly and disappearing leaving a lacy covering across the surface. It a nearly clear yellowish amber color. Tiny bubbles pass upwards through the liquid. Nearly microscopic particulates can be seen floating happily in the alcohol.
The smell is delicious, a bold critus aroma with a delicate hoppiness.
The first and second sips are devine. Plenty of cirtus taste here. A very nice tripel. The malt and hops are delicate adding to the drinkability of this beer.
The feel is solid, without being too chewy.
I will keep this in ample supply in my cellar.
06-18-2005 00:20:49 | More by TPSReports
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from an undated 750 into a Val-Dieu chalice.
Hazy gold with a tall white head that diminishes a bit but never goes away. Leaves a foam sheet inside the glass. Active carbonation, nice loud pop when the cork was pulled.
Green apples, sugars, spicey yeast, sweet malts, and a touch of hops make up the nose. The alcohol doesn't seem to register.
The apple notes are found again when tasted. Yeast, a little malt and a nice dose of hops paired with a slight spiceness from the alcohol bring in the finish. Very nice.
For some reason that I can't pinpoint, the mouthfeel is a little weak for the style. Very drinkable for the abv. A good dinner drink.
05-17-2005 00:52:33 | More by ypsifly
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Significant head in initial pour. light Golden, yeasty smell, medium biscuity texture, smooth, high alcohol and eggshell medicinal yeasty aftertaste, partly arising from taste of white pepper and pear, sweet tangerine. Carbonation above average. Good, not best of this brewery
05-12-2005 05:28:23 | More by Sammy
3.43/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours out to a lightly hazy medium-golden, forming a large and clumpy, soapy bone-white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is predominated by apple juice, cloves, and a wiff of alcohol. I'm distinctly picking up on orange peel but it could be my imagination as it would be odd for the style. No bananas. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with a medium and lightly syrupy body. Alcohol adds a stinging quality. Taste begins with grainy cereal notes and cloves, quickly overpowered by isopropyl alcohol esters and it's associated mouthfeel. Bitterness is mild and cereal sweetness runs throughout the middle. There is an odd grainy sweetness and wheat adds a lightly ruddy mouthfeel towards the semi-grassy finish. Lingering notes of candi sugar but it's not syrupy sweet.
This is an odd duck...it certainly passes as a triple, but the cereal, alcohol and grass make it quite odd for the style. There are many better triples out there for the price (I paid $3.49 for a stubby 11.2 oz bottle). Not impressed with the 2 brews I've had from this brewery so far. Pass on it.
04-30-2005 16:52:55 | More by Mitchster
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
330 mL bottle with best by Feb. '06 notched on the label. Served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. When I popped the cap it began to foam up and all the sediment at the bottom rose to the top so I couldn't help pouring a lot of the yeast into the glass. Despite this, I tried to decant as best as I could. The beer pours a translucent gold with lots of chunks floating around. It is topped with a creamy, 1 finger head that leaves huge patches of lace and retains an 1/8 inch blanket of foam. Smell is sweet with spices (pepper, cloves), lots of fruits (banana, lemon, grapes, some tropical), and powdery yeast. Flavors include lots of piney hops and yeast up front with banana, lemon, and a bit of grape following behind. It finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. At times the beer seems to have an almost wine-like flavor. It is thick and creamy and I drank it pretty quickly, but it doesn't measure up to the Chimay tripel I reviewed the other day.
03-22-2005 03:05:26 | More by mmmbeer
3.6/5 rDev -13%
25.4 FL. OZ.
Massive amount of air rushed out at uncorking. Theres a good amount of yeast waiting so be careful on the pour.
Appearance just a touch cloudy; golden body with a constant stream of bubbles rising to feed the head; lush, lofty white head; sheetlike lacing; really one of the more impressive tripels I have seen
Smell somewhat like a candy cane with a heavy dose of spice
Taste spices from start to finish; yeasty; a bit of a cooked green bean taste; a dose of an early pear; theres a light banana taste in there and maybe a hint of green grape
Mouthfeel nice moderate body; smooth upfront and crisp, clean and dry at the end
Drinkability - a good drinkable tripel; this doesnt exactly fit my taste but in investigation, its rather quaffable
03-06-2005 21:05:39 | More by Wonka
3.3/5 rDev -20.3%
A little thin maltwise considering what the style makes you expect. Pours a big white head on a hazy yellow body. Candi sugar and Belgian spicines crowds out any malt. I had a bunch of big beers like this between adoption trips to Russia, to help clear my palate of nasty Russian pale lagers.
02-25-2005 17:15:24 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.18/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: Pours a blonde brown color with a cloudy body.
Smell: Very fruity smell - lots of pear, grapes and fermented smells.
Taste: Very rich flavor - onset is candy sweet with a green tea bitterness. Starts to turn into a mildly bitter fermented flavor that rises to an alcohol finish.
Body: Has the consistency of juice. Very thick and coats the tongue.
02-15-2005 06:00:53 | More by GuinnessSmurf
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
Out of a bottle at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...
Sedimented and hazy golden yellow color, with a slight greenish tint. Head of fast-rising medium-sized bibbles, lays mostly flat and white in color but leaving plenty of nice complex lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma, mostly of citrons and sweet orange with a back tone of yeast and almost a Wit-like sugary spice. Mouthfeel is light, softness is a little underdone by more than average carbonation. Flavor is a little on the sweet side, like overly fragrant flowers, doesn't dry as much as some Tripels later in the profile either. Touch of hops help a little -- but doesn't counter a sugary fruit salad impression enough for me to place this in an elite category.
02-13-2005 20:24:23 | More by ADR
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Pours hazy bright golden yellow with lots of floating yeast chunks, nice cream colored lasting head that leaves good lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas. Fruity vanilla, tropical fruit and pepper flavors, very dry and crisp finish. Full bodied with a full and crisp mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden and very drinkable.
01-30-2005 20:08:03 | More by maxpower
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
Beers from Val-Dieu are good beers like this one is. Pours in mighty fine with a huge head a has a nice golden color.
Smell is estery-aromatic, litle malty& litle spice in a strong alcoholic smelling drink. Taste is fresh, alcoholic and malty. Nicely balanced but dry and alcoholic. Nice brew but could have a litle more bitterness in taste and especially in aftertaste thats rather dry& dull.
01-18-2005 18:30:34 | More by paterlodie
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
This pours a hazy pale golden with a fluffy white head that is generous as it leaves patterns and lines of fine white lace on the glass. Gorgeous.
This beer is slightly sweet in its aroma and is joined by a spicy (cloves & coriander perhaps) complement. I would say that I detect notes of honey and fruit in the nose as well.
The taste is remarkably smooth and mellow. It is dominated by spice on the initial taste but is countered by a malty sweetness. The yeast character asserts itself a bit in the finish. As it warms, you can feel the alcohol, which is nice on a cold winters evening.
I was going to give this beer a 4 on mouthfeel to start but decided that it's too smooth and easy to slight it like that. While the alcohol content is high, there is no astringency or overwhelming alcohol presence to spoil it. This beer is a fine example of the style.
I cannot wait to have another one of these beauties. This beer was almost too easy to drink. I wish I could have more.
12-30-2004 03:23:19 | More by filabrazilia
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a highly effervescent 14k gold color with a puffy spider webbed lace all over the tulip glass.
Aroma of some heavy pale malt, wheat and light citrus and yeast notes.
Flavor of pale malt, wheat bread with some citrusy lemon. Fairly strong alcholic hit on the finish, very congruent to style.
Mouthfeel is somewhat light, flufy and dry with just a hint of pale bittering on the finish. Tad too light in this area but solid alcohol bounce redeems somewhat.
Drinkability is good. Nothing outstanding but a well constructed and pleasant drinking experience.
12-28-2004 17:08:41 | More by CRJMellor
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
I started to uncoil the cage surrounding the cork, and after just a bit of loosening the cork pretty much evicted itself from the bottle. I could see a shitload of bubbles in the bottle heading topside in alka-seltzer fashion. An initial pour into the goblet produced 2" of bier topped by 4" of fluffy, white foam. A short wait, then more bier poured; settling, waiting, more bier...etc. The pour/wait game reminded me of the time it takes to get a good Pils poured vom Faß in Germany. The bier itself was a bright golden hue, and mostly clear throughout (until the end of the drinking, when yeasties were poured in to cloud things up). Carbonation welling up within the glass was finer than in the bottle, yet just as steady. It's been at least 5 minutes since starting and I still have 4-5" of head, with about 2" of it hovering above the rim! I think it'll be a while before the bier hits the palate. Ok....25 minutes later and the bier is at a drinkable level! The aroma has hints of tropical fruit melded with spicy/peppery aspects. Body is a decent medium, and it passes fairly well over the tongue in spite of the plentiful carbonation. Lacing, btw, is top-shelf! Flavor has a bready, lightly crackery touch to it, lending a nice, mild sweetness upon which to start things. Fruit flavors are present here in the form of passion fruit, mango, a smidge of peach, plus some hints of honey as well. Late in the flavor game comes some pepper notes to spice things up. Add on a bit of "heat" from the 9% abv and things are complete. This is a real fine example of a Tripel, one I am thoroughly enjoying. (775)
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
12-05-2004 20:03:34 | More by Bierman9
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
Right now, I'm in desperate need of relief from an excrutiating night at work, and this bottle just so happens to wait in the fridge. Let's hope it does the trick!
Untwisting the wire cage, almost there, and POP!, goes the cork with no effort or urging at all! Someone could have gotten hurt that way!
It's a foamy gusher, too, the suds filling the glass immediately, and spilling out of the sides, soI'll take time to admire the appearance, while it dwindles down. Hazy golden color, gorgeous, lace-weaving head, crystalline, pure white, fluffy as they come.
Aroma: light and angelic, a sublime sweetness, distinct candi sugar, a little fruity, spicy, ethereal and ultimately uplifting.
Now, to taste: very sweet, candy-ish, with fruit notes, peach, apricot, and orange, in attendance as well. Light in body, but long in flavor, with the sweetness profoundly impacted upon the palate, stays on board and tickles the senses for a few sweet seconds, then lightly drifts off. Flavor gets lemony, more spicy, prickly and sticky, near the end of the first glass, but let's not forget, this is a full 750ml bottle I'm exploring.
I consider what uses and occasions are ideal for this brew, and they can only be times when you need to bring up the happiness in your life, (like now, for weak and weary me), or when you're already happy, but could stand a little extra joy, what the hell. It's here in this bottle, just watch the cork, and get ready to slurp up some foam!
11-26-2004 12:00:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.