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

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website

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 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
Photo of Vancer
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Vancer, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
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.


tavernjef, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

rodrot, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

BillyB, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

doppelmeup, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

AlexJ, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +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.

asabreed, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

badbeer, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of geetlord
4.43/5  rDev +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.

geetlord, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, pours a hazy burnt orange-yellow and makes a thin head that dissipates into a halo. Never ending bubbles rise from the sides of my glass, maintaining the subtle head making it long lasting. Yeasty, bready aroma with hints of banana and clove. Lots of banana and clove flavor, crisp peppery spicyness, quite good, one of the best tripels that I have ever tried. Creamy smooth medium bodied palate with bubbly carbonation, finishes incredibly dry. This is great, I will definitely try this again!

kmcnair, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Corked pops with some serious force. Pours pale straw, crystal clear with a bone white head. Very pretty. Almost glows.

Spicey, buttered-bread aroma. Clove is very upfront and the alcohol tinges the sides.

Clovey flavor with hints of citrus -- lemon -- and finishes with a spicy clove bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Light and clean in the mouth, smooth.

A nice tripel, different in it's spiciness. Very fitting for warming up on a snowy day spent sledding with my sons.

budsboy, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from a 750ml bottle.

My Val-Dieu Triple poured a light orange color that took a faint amber glow in the light gleaming with sediment. A monstrous, billowing two-inch head developed that settled unevenly with one side gradually rising as the other fell. The scent was lightly alcohol and nondescript.

Despite boasting a high ABV (9%), this ale was very light in flavor with hints of white grape, orange and nutmeg. Although this beer did not seem very carbonated, it had a very champagne-like sprite and sparkle. While refreshing, something was very off in the aftertaste, filling the back of the tongue with cupric and soap tastes.

Ultimately this ale proved refreshing in the same manner as a good saison, but a little bland. With the wealth of tripels that exist in the modern American beer market, I doubt I would purchase this again, but I encourage all to try and make up their own minds.

qcitydarkstar, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow-gold color with off-white head that is just incredible in terms of it's thickness and retention. Great rings of lace are left behind in my goblet. The aromas I detect are mostly of dried fruits, alcohol, and yeast. The taste is typical for this style with some small deviations. This beer has greater lingering candy-like sweetness in the aftertaste with a greater presence of alcohol in the taste. An interesting Triple, but not my favorite. The aftertaste is a bit unusual, in my opinion, for this style. I didn't enjoy the aftertaste nor did I like the alcohol taste upfront with minimal masking and so I would not want to have more of these in one sitting.

jaluria, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of JugglerPeter
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the cork flew at my face I became afraid of this beer. It had the most head I have ever seen in a beer, even after exploding at me. The head came down into a very nice lacing and concentric rings in my goblet after drinking.
The smell wasn't very pronounced and when I took a big sniff I couldn't make out much more than the alcohol.
Taste, Good. About what you'd expect for a triple. For the style not my favorite, but definitely not ad, and worth the $8.29 I paid.
Mouthfeel - maybe I'm not the best judge because my beer exploded and I poured off more head, but it was, again, what I'd expect for the style, not spectacular, not bad.
Drinkability... Other than scaring me, a good solid, drinkable Belgian tripel, I'll probably pick it up again sometime.

JugglerPeter, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 can’t 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 isn’t a bad thing, but something to note. I really like this beer, but it’s not big on the mouth-puckering effect that drives many of us to seek out Tripels.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Brian700, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Bonhoeffer, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Frozensoul327, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Paddez, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. :)

Be well

UncleFlip, Aug 11, 2005
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.