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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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358 Ratings

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website

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 mntlover


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
Photo of merlin48


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Imbiber

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in colour, very lively - the head looks like an ice cream cone even after careful pouring, and it was emerging from the bottle the moment the cap was removed. Cloudy in the glass due to the internal turbulence when the bottle was opened. Mellow fruity aroma, hints of spices too. The predominately malty flavour is assisted by hints of candi sugar, not overwhelming but pleasant. Not as much aftertaste as I would have liked. Nice enough but nothing truly special.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 00:27:09 | More by Imbiber
Photo of pio


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glowing golden and active body with only a slight haze. a huge white head is big bubbled with cavities and a shiney smooth top, reminiscent of a bubble bath. the mind races along the great twisting roadways of lace streaming around the inside of the vessel. an absolutely gorgeous looker! i feel like walking around town showing off my beer.
a very yeasty and full scent. sweet smelling maltiness without much of a candy scent. an elegant floral note and a pear and green grape scent lead us in a olfactory dance when a charming vanilla charecter steps in. no alcohol did i detect.
mmm. seems dry for this style and i like it. it has a effervescant start with some pear and grape notes that linger on through the mddle when an herbal presance dries things up a bit and reveals a vegetal finish of what i'd say resembles raw tomato. interesting in the least.
the carbonation is crisply effervescant and active in the mouth. it's body is thinner (and cleaner) than what i expected, perhaps even a tad watery but this serves this beer uniquely well. the drinkability rating also seems to prosper from the lighter body as it never seems too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 01:15:05 | More by pio
Photo of Morris729


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

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium-golden color with a tall and frothy bright white head that slowly dissipates in chunks leaving behind a thick and rocky lace. Nose is Belgian spice and fruit with additional notes of honey and perfume. Medium in body with a strong active carbonation that at first makes it seem that it is lighter than it actually is. Taste begins sweet with lots of fruit (mango, tangerine, apple, pear, kiwi, and honeydew) followed by some spicy notes of clove, coriander, and white pepper as well as some dry yeast. Somewhat mild bitter hops with some acidic citrusy notes appear toward the end along with a trace amount of alcohol (very well hidden for a 9% ABV brew). A very nice Triple here and one that I’m quite sure I’ll be buying more of in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 02:33:17 | More by Morris729
Photo of cokes


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

Misty dandelion with a hand's worth of foam.
Smells of kiwi, cane sugar, and sweetened lilac blooms.
Begins with a grainy sweetness that segues directly into a fuller candi sugar sense. Doughiness arrises and creates a liquid version of sugar cookies with sprinkles. Kiwis and mangoes are designated back-up roles. Maybe even bit parts. But there is a generalized tropical fruit feel. Slightly spicy with pepper and something approximating vanilla bean. Turns lightly herbal, and plenty floral. Rose petals, lilacs (again), and prairie. Dry at the close, but not bitter.
Fragile feeling in the mouth. A delicate and dainty 9% ass-whooping, it is. Truly startling since it drinks less than half that weight.
A lovely tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 06:08:27 | More by cokes
Photo of dannyvee


3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

paid $4 for a 11.2 oz bottle with best before jan '05 ticked on the label.
sampled in the val-dieu goblet
the foamy head stood for a while leaving nice lacing in its wake. cloudy, golden coloring. aromas of candy & floral. mouthfeel is medium/full with the floral notes further emerging. there was a slightly skunky flavor (esthers?) peppery.
it got better as i drank it (warmed up? the 9% setting in?) but i'm not sure that i'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 00:18:05 | More by dannyvee
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear golden color, just a shade darker than the average pilsner. A foamy, dense head blends into a lasting, thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Moderate settlement at the bottom of the 750ml bottle. The nose is light and floral with some very slight sweetness among the malt.

The taste is sharp and bright, moderately hopped. More floral tastes emerge along with a small amount of fruit and citrus that become more prominent as it warms. Sweet without cloying and the alcohol lies buried deep in the tastes, unoffensive.

Second pour (with the yeast) is bright, cloudy orange with a thicker head. Tastes are a little more aggressive, a little fruitier, a little yeastier. Some very faint, bitter spices and orange rind is hidden in this second pour, also.

Medium on the palate with a noticable carbonation, very drinkable. Finish is smooth and on the dry side with the malts becoming more apparent. Slight buttery taste. Overall, a very mild and pleasant triple despite its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 02:56:02 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked/caged.

Clear, gold/orange/yellow, huge carbonation, cloudy last pour. Big, off-white, dense head leaving thick, sticky, huge, foamy clumps. A nutty, sweetish nose. A sweet, spicy, fruity front... somewhat grassy. Buttery, sweet and thick in the middle; alcoholic and nicely bitter in the creamed-corn finish. This is clean, strong, fruity, spicy. A good, straight-ahead, Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:07:00 | More by kbub6f
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Light but deep cloudy orange body with a very pretty head.

Smell – The traditional Tripel orange comes out at the nose. It is light; more like a tangerine than an orange. The spicing is also noticeable but light. The typical coriander and white pepper is spread evenly throughout the bouquet.

Taste – The beautiful spiced orange flavors comes out smooth and well-blended at the tongue. I can also pick up some grapefruit and a small yeast backbone. This is a wonderful example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium carbonation and body with just enough presence of alcohol to please the palate.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this ale very much. It is very smooth yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 22:27:36 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BeerBard


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As inexpensive as a Belgian import gets and with a taste that's on par with one of my favorite beers, the Kwak. Ultimately a VERY drinkable delight. Buy it.
Opens with a mild cork "pop" and pours with a moderate head that keeps forming, hugging the glass as you drink.
Color is a clear honey-yellow (though I'm not at the bottom of the bottle yet...and I see some sediment...so I'm hoping to stir up some trouble by the end of the session still).
Smell's not very striking, but the taste is right on the mark for a tripel. Not too rich really...sweet HONEY with a malty pear and passion-fruit presence up front...moving on to a more bitter malt and pear middle-stage....before ending with a final "HONEY, I bid you, adieu".
What less would yieu expect from the Val-Dieu?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 04:51:20 | More by BeerBard
Photo of daledeee


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt, hops, fruit. A great combination. I have had this beer before. This batch appears to be better. Head retention is excellent. Nose is excellent. Taste is a beautiful blend of the aforementioned. Possibly the best tripel I have had. Way too drinkable. Alcohol is hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 01:34:33 | More by daledeee
Photo of crookedhalo


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This triple from Abbaye du Val-Dieu has a nice a nice orangy gold tint with a fair amount of haze. Head retention isn't great but it had a nice fluffy head. Sweetness is present in the aroma, like smelling hard candy and a swedish fish[?] type of sweetness on the tongue followed by another sweetness closer to anise or black licorice finishing with an earthy dryness. Very nice; I like this triple. It's clear that it has around the average strength of a triple at 9%. Nice carbonation out of the 33 cl bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 05:28:53 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This triple pours a yellow/amber color with large carbonation and a thick creamy head. The head diminishes quickly but leave a smooth layer of sticky lace. The smell is earthy, but somewhat fruity (cotton candyish)with a hint of cherries. The flavor has stong hints of alcohol, with a sweet start and a very quick dry finish- like a wine. Smoother and sweeter as it warms. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a somewhat dry finish.

IMHO: The temperature has a significant impact in the representation of the flavor and consistency. I really felt I had it at the best temp possible when I first tasted it, and was somewhat disappointed. As the beer warmed it became much smoother, sweeter and well balanced. A pretty good Belgian

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 02:02:43 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber bottle, and it poured a nice gold color with a 1" head in my Chimay glass. The carbonation was strong, and there was a floral yeasty aroma to the beer. The aroma translated into the flavor on the tongue, with a slight bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp, and there was a mellow yeast aftertaste. The alcohol was not overpowering, and this was one of the mildest tripels I have consumed.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 00:52:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of TripelJ


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Val Dieu Tripel

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown "belgian stubby".

This beer pours a pale translucent yellow with a medium head of fine bubbles. Lacing is good as the head recedes. Aromas are of subtle sweet and spicyness from the alcohol--less pronounced than some tripels I have had. This tripel is appealing because it leans on the sweet malty side with just a touch of hops to balance it all out. There is a light spice that lingers on the palate, probably corriander.

Overall: A tripel a day keeps the evil satan AB away : P No seriously, this is a better than average tripel that I will surely have many a times again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 02:44:51 | More by TripelJ
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

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

750 ML bottle..

Am tasting it as I write this. Pours out golden with a small tight head. Smell is malty and fruity, with a little honey overtone. Taste is delightful, honey, malt, citrus and pears. A mesmerizing melange of flavors combine in this beautiful brew. An absolute delight to drink. The mouthfeel is superb and dangerously drinkable for a 9% beer. Marvelous.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 00:53:59 | More by euskera
Photo of taez555


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

This beer poured a huge white head, with creamy fine bubbles. The body was a translucent and hazy orange/yellow color. Almost reminding me of a fruit puree.

The nose was very inviting with lots of fruit flavors. Bananna, pears, raisins. A slight spice kick with the classic belgian phenol yeast smell.

The taste had a slightly sour yeasty flavor. Medium bodied, warm alcohol. Very mellow and sweet fruit flavors. But very overpowered by the classic belgian hop flavors. Earthy and mellow, they always seemed to sit above all the fruit and malt flavors.

The beer finished with a long lingering bitterness hinted at my the fruit flavors.

Overall I found this beer to be a little disapointing. Still a wonderful triple, it just didn't seem to be well balanced. The hop bitterness dominated a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 08:41:27 | More by taez555
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Belgian's are so good and this brew is no exception. Cloudy yellow, good head - pour carefully, leaves a lot of lace. Sweet malty nose and sweet taste, finish is sweet and smooth the hops are there but very subtle. Medium body. Not much sediment in bottle or glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 16:33:30 | More by jdhilt
Photo of stcules


3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, turbid, with yeast. Good withe foam, thin and abundant, with good laces.
Fresh and floreal smell, with cutted grass. Good but nothing very special. Maybe a note of balsamic?
The taste is good. fresh, bread, yeast, wood notes (?).
Medium body.
Aftertaste is bitter, but not too much.
Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 13:04:03 | More by stcules
Photo of Viking


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange colored body, full of CO2 surging through the beer. Big, thick, dense, creamy, white head. Excellent head retention, lots of lace on the glass. After head settles a bit, begins to look like a float. Smell is sweet and spicy, with a strong grassy/herbal smell. Lots of coriander and orange noticeable. Taste is a bit thinner than expected, but very good. Grassy malt base, with very prominent spices and citrus. Noticeable, but not strong flavor of alcohol present. Mild, but persistent and spicy aftertaste. Moderate-bodied brew, surprisingly smooth considering the huge amount of carbonation. A very good triple, but not one o my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 16:38:37 | More by Viking
Photo of marburg


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer scared me shitless. I was expecting a little pop from the cork, but upon opening, it sounded like an M-80 went off in the kitchen. The color is orange-ish and golden. A tight, medium-sized head graces the top of the beer. Aromas of fruit -- and, I think, Starfruit gatorade? -- and some spiciness, the kind that gives your nose a little tingle. It's pretty flavorful -- the sometimes overpowering candy sweetness of a tripel is a blended nicely with citrus, mango, pear, and other fruit basket flavors and is finished with a nice, sweeping, spicy-pepper kick at the end that wipes up the tongue. Very easy to drink; I polished mine off quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 11:07:44 | More by marburg
Photo of purplehops


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This triple poured a misty copper-orange with a white head that vanished before the first sip. A pattern of ring lacing was left on the chalice. The aroma was of apples, honey, pears, nutmeg, and allspice with a touch of orange peel. Taste started with a citrus sweetness up front that quickly gave way to a smooth peppery spiciness with malt and alcohol flavors. The finish was a softer sweetness with flavors of honey, orange, and caramel balanced with clove, corriander, pepper, and hints of hops. The aftertaste was a growing maltiness and alcohol with hints of citrus and spicy hops. Mouthfeel was medium to medium heavy with a very low carbonation.
Overall a good triple with an interesting sweetness that isn't over powering yet remains dominate in it's flavor profile. Could use a bit more carbonation IMHO but the taste doesn't suffer from the lack there of.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 23:47:14 | More by purplehops
Photo of fattyre


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very slightly hazy golden with a large clingy, creamy, white head that is heavily effervescent. The mouthfeel is moderate to slightly firm with tingly bubbles. The smell is all malt and spice(clovelike?). The taste is slightly earthy sweet malt going to strong alcohol with a very mild hop finish. This is a very nice pale strong assertive triple.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:49:13 | More by fattyre
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.