1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 375
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 30
Gots: 18 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Val-Dieu Triple Alström Bros
Ratings: 375 | Reviews: 233 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ypsifly
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.

ypsifly, May 17, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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

Sammy, May 12, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
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.

Mitchster, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
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.

mmmbeer, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Wonka
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

Wonka, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
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.

GuinnessSmurf, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of ADR
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.

ADR, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of maxpower
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.

maxpower, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
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.

paterlodie, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of filabrazilia
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.

filabrazilia, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
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.

CRJMellor, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
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

Bierman9, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
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.

PorterLambic, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
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

rajendra82, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of jlervine
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.

jlervine, Jul 06, 2004
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.

mntlover, Jun 23, 2004
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.

merlin48, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
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.

ecoboy, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
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.

Imbiber, Mar 12, 2004
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.

pio, Mar 07, 2004
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.

Morris729, Feb 07, 2004
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.

cokes, Jan 31, 2004
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.

dannyvee, Dec 04, 2003
Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.