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

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Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

355 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | 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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Paddez

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 16:55:30 | More by Paddez
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UncleFlip

Alabama

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
-UF

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 04:56:06 | More by UncleFlip
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Zraly

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 22:00:12 | More by Zraly
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scooter231

New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 22:57:04 | More by scooter231
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TPSReports

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 00:20:49 | More by TPSReports
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 00:52:33 | More by ypsifly
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 05:28:23 | More by Sammy
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 16:52:55 | More by Mitchster
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 03:05:26 | More by mmmbeer
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Wonka

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 FL. OZ.
9% ALC./VOL.

Massive amount of air rushed out at uncorking. There’s 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; there’s 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 doesn’t exactly fit my taste but in investigation, its rather quaffable

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 21:05:39 | More by Wonka
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 17:15:24 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 06:00:53 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 20:24:23 | More by ADR
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maxpower

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 20:08:03 | More by maxpower
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 18:30:34 | More by paterlodie
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 03:23:19 | More by filabrazilia
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 17:08:41 | More by CRJMellor
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)
Prosit!!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

775

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 20:03:34 | More by Bierman9
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 12:00:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright apricot color, a medium head that dissolves to a film, leaving good lace.
Smell is malt, fruit and spices.
Taste is malt, fruit (apple mostly), spice and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smoooth, warms the mouth and throat, medium/full body with a very nice flavor.
Drinkability is high regardless of the ABV. I could see myself drinking this nectar all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 19:46:46 | More by PorterLambic
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden appearance is clear, as the yeast is not poured in the goblet. The head is tall, pillowing, and delicate. It does not stand well to the rigors of sipping. Carbonation is quite subdued for the style.

The aroma is perfumey sweet and a bit woody. The taste is also mild by Belgian standards with a bit of sweetened grain taste, and notes of oak, vanilla, apple, and pear. The taste becomes a bit more sharp and spicy after pouring the yeast in the glassware. There is a tinge of hop bitterness in the ending. The alcohol is very well hidden, and only shows up as a mild afterburn.

The beer is quite well made, but lacks enough character to run with the big boys. A welcome addition to my portfolio nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 03:39:53 | More by rajendra82
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jlervine

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My significant other, the darling that she is, poured this beer for me a full 15 minutes ago, and it still has over a fingerwidth of rich creamy foamy head on top of a lightly cloudy pale yellow body. I'm sure the fleur de li in the bottom of the goblet is helping things out, but I'm still impressed. Alcohol, yeast and spiciness, and a rich pale malt character waft upwards from the beer. Unbelievably potent in it's first sip, really bites the tip of the tongue. The alcohol waves goodbye at the end of the sip. Very easy going, light and airy in the mouth with a light astringency in the finish that really strips the tongue. Very good, but there are too many others I prefer. This beer begs to be paired with something, and seems to wobble a bit by itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 00:40:05 | More by jlervine
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, golden slight haze beautiful foamy creamy head slowly falls leaving lots of lace. Smells sweet malt with light fruit white grape, apple and floral hints. Tastes smooth and creamy sweet malt with light fruit flavor hints of spice and light alcohol finish good easy drinking beer little on light side but it does enhance drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 16:15:28 | More by mntlover
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz stubby bottle, pours a slightly hazy, yellow gold color with an intersting, but small head of various sized bubbles. The head is persistent, and coats the goblet with serious sheet and patch lacing.
Aroma is a wonderland of mango and apricot tropical fruit, with bubblegum and vanilla in the background.
Mouthfeel has a slight fizz, but mostly just a fruit flavor tartness.
Tatse is exceptional. Earthy, mushroom tasting yeast combines nicely with the apricot and mango flavors that were apparent in the nose. Vanilla and a hint of cinnamon invigorate the background. Honeydew melon flavors enable this one to leap over all hurdles that would prevent this one from earning a perfect score for taste.
This is one of those Belgian ales that you instantly fall in love with, hopefully with a lifetime of bliss.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 02:54:39 | More by merlin48
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 11/03 in Tampa, FL.

Outstanding long-lasting white head.

Nice hazy yellow hue. Ooooh, I just already can tell I'm going to love this. A shame I won't drink another bottle anytime soon.

Yep, this is good stuff. In comparing it to Allagash Triple (my benchmark locally,) I'd say it has fewer notes and is a bit more subtle. It's not overbearing at all in flavor or alcohol warmth. This is a light, pillowy malt sensation with just some tingle on the sour-sensing taste buds. That tingle is also in the mouthfeel, a dancing, sparkly sensation.

Delightful, and highly recommended for those who do not appreciate lots of spice or fruit in their Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 20:35:46 | More by ecoboy
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.