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

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 418
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 44
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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 kjyost
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. BB 23/02/2012. Served around 6-7C initially.

A: Nice white head with stellar retention and beautiful lacing. The body though is a little murky (I know I let some yeast in there, but not that much) and a touch more to the brown end of the spectrum than I was expecting.

S: A bit of bready yeast that is dominated by an enjoyable traditional belgian nose with a light bit of earthy funk (not strong enough to be considered a barnyard aroma) and a bit of cherry fruit

T: A bit of a letdown honestly. The body has a nice level of viscosity without being thick or cloying, just reminding you of the barley from whence it came. The esters aren't terribly strong in the body though, being overtaken by a bit of alcoholic heat and the body. Personally I like my belgians to be a touch more assertive than this.

M: As above. Enjoyable as it gives a solid body to enjoy the beer with.

D: Decent, nothing to write home about though. (968 characters)

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Strawberry blonde, cloudy with a two finger billowy white head. The head retention is brilliant.

S- Delicate floral notes combine with a peppery phenols. Once the beer warms, sugar cookie smell intoxicates the senses.

T- Sweet vanilla is accented with light citrusy hops, combining with a touch of the expected peppery phenols. The alcohol warms the back of the throat all the while, creating a complex sensation balanced between the purfume-like sweetness of the malt, the subtle bite of the citrusy hops and the conclusive pepper and alcohol kick. The aftertaste is grassy, almost hay-like, and lingers along with a mellow sourness.

M- The mouthfeel is slick (diacetyl?) and extremely soft with low carbonation.

D- The alcohol isn't hidden in this beer. On the contrary, it plays quite well to create a balanced and complex drinking experience. The notable presence of it however makes this beer less of a session and more of a one-offer. (949 characters)

Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a clear pale gold with towering dense head which recedes leaving fine lace.

Aroma is crisp, clean and sweet from fleshy light skinned fruits sitting in the middle of a bakery at the workday start. No phenols. Excellent.

Very sweet, very fruity and lots of yeast. Hop flavor is minor, bitterness nearly non existent. The alcohol is just a tad peppery, I would like it to be hotter to balance the sweetness since the finish is not dry in the least. A pleasant little alcohol gut warmth follows the aftertaste. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel. Improves with warmth.

The level of sweetness will decide if you like this or . . . .
jd (663 characters)

Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lite and Clear Straw color with thin white head and minimal lacing.

Smells of Grapes, grains, spices, yeasts...sweet.

Taste is fairly sweet and somewhat vinuous, grapes, pears, apricot. Nice malts, spice and mild hop notes & bite. alcohol is well hidden.

Lite to medium body, medium zesty carbonation, medium alcohol warmth, nice dry finish.

A fruity and sweet vinuous tripel with nice malt smoothness and decent dry finish, interesting spice's and yeasts make this one a true belgiun brew...a bit too sweet for my tastes. (526 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazey copper colour with a white throthy head that stays around and laces the glass.

S - Aromas of orange and apple with some pineapple.

T - Plenty of pears and pineapple with a little passionfruit has a nice spicey booze finish.

M - Medium body with limited carbonation, makes for a smooth drop.

D - What a damn fine tripel and recommeded. (386 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt and Belgian yeast

T - Like the smell starts off with sweet malt then the Belgian yest comes through and has a alcohol finish

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Over all this is a pretty good Tripel pretty easy drinking with a good taste worth picking up sometime if you see it around (421 characters)

Photo of A380
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy light orange gold, with an amazing white fine bubbled head! Amazing smell of sweet grains, tastes alot like leffe blonde yet not as strong in the aftertaste. tastes almost syrup like, delicious :) spicy and honey like, A superb beer, alcohol content also gives it nice kick and makes it drinkable at 9% ABV. i could easily give this drink this anytime any day any season. and thats what i think makes a good beer. this beer has that. its super. super!!! :) Try this one !!! its awesome
prost! (527 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant Belgian style tripel. Classic notes of malts, spicy and grassy hops. Yeast. Nice balance nice semi-dry finish. Clean aftertaste.
High alcohol is well masked too.
All in all, not a bad choice in a bar. If you don't have a favourite tripel yet, this could easily be one you get stuck on.
Cheers. (308 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, Netherlands.

Pours a rich gold, with a bit of cloudy sediment for good measure. Outstanding pillowy head, good lacing and even better retention.

Aroma is fantastic, with some really nice ripe fruit notes: tart apple, fresh pear and other phenolic delights. Sweet and bready background.

The flavor is good. At first quite sweet and cakey, but with a drying, quenching finish. There is layer of vanilla that I really dig. Spiciness abounds, along with a nice alcoholic kick, if a bit obvious. This is a very well-made Tripel, though I wish it were a bit drier. It's somewhere in between sweet and dry. Mouthfeel was somewhat rough, but there was some creaminess that kept the beer from falling apart on the palate.

This is an excellent Tripel, and one you should not hesitate to purchase. Makes for an excellent afternoon delight. (848 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my tripel karmeliet glass

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a nice thick creamy white3 finger head with a good lacing.

S: fruity, sweet and spicy with some yeast bready and citrus flavour

T: fruity, with some honey, apples and citrus. There was a nice yeastiness with pale grains with a light spicy alcohol finish that was tangy and sweet.

M: creamy with a light body and texture with some candi-sugar sweetness with a slight stickiness. Aftertatse was à little bit bitter that stays in the mouth , very Nice

D:this triple was very refreshing and very well made (594 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear gold with a large, white, rocky head that fades over several minutes and leaves a thin sheet across the top of the beer. Pretty good looking lacing.

Smell: Sweet and slightly tart light fruit. Pears, apples, and white grapes. Slightly spicy and musty yeast.

Taste: There's more strong yeastiness and clove than fruitiness-- not that its not fruity. Pretty sweet, but not too much so. Very sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This has that sticky sweet feeling in the mouth that many good tripels have, but it remains a bit to sticky, and doesnt dry out enough at the end. Carbonation seems about right.

Drinkability: I really like this one. Not the best tripel, but really solid. The best of the Val Dieus that I've had. (755 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a 750 ml. bottle, showing a golden straw in color, rather clear with just a hint of haze, and with an inch or so of soapy white foam. Offers light retention and light lacing.

Nose is pleasant but not overly striking. Nice fruity yeast character and a bit of coarse spice. Light tangerine citrus association and some ripe pear. Nice though not as volatile as some of the style, expanding a bit with warming and offering a decent hop aroma but only through the foam. More subtle as the beer settles.

Flavor of citrus carries to the taste and is accompanied by some summer fruit. Lightly sweet pale malt body and a light citric bitterness on the finish. Creamy carbonation gives a good feel to a somewhat flat flavor profile for a tripel. Drink is held back a bit by a lack of passion for the brew even though it does drink rather well. Overall an enjoyable though somewhat neutral brew that lacks the lingering finish of many Belgian Tripels. (972 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk glass. Best before date of December 2012.

A - Beautifully golden, with a big rocky snow-white head and plenty of carbonation. The head never dies and is still an inch tall after it disipates.

S - Pale malt, pear and pepper. Sweet alcohol esters and earthy spice.

T/M - Medium bodied and smooth. Sweet fruits and light honey are up front. Peppery in the middle, a hint of earthy hops and a finish that is slightly tangy and reminiscent of sweet citrus fruits but without the sweetness if that makes sense.

D - Very smooth and wonderfully complex. Nothing overwhelms and all of the characteristics are easily enjoyed. An excellent beer. (679 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The summer of Belgian Tripels rolls on.

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Slow building head even with a hard pour. Ends up at about a 1/2" that dissipates down to a 1/16". The lacing is exceptional. More yeasty sediment than most other tripels (but not overwhelming).

Smell: Sweetness and spice on the nose, flowery hops, spice, and maybe some honey.

Taste: Again, yet another solid example of the style, rich, sweet up front, nice balance with hoppy bitterness at the finish. Hard to miss with most of these tripels, all of the notes from the smell are there.

Drinkability: Smooth and creamy, start to finish, very enjoyable. (661 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. Best-by date is April 10, 2009, but tripels are high enough ABV to age well, right? Well, I hope so.

Appearance: pours a hazy medium golden-orange with a thin finger of foamy ivory head. Dissipation is quick, but lacing is nice; not surprising for a beverage of this strength.

Smell: delicious fruity malt aromas of apple and pear with a little chalkiness -- just the right composition for me, although the volume could be turned up a little. I quite like it.

Taste: ooh, this is the ticket. Pear, a little apple, maybe even a little tiny bit of plum; then there's the slight chalkiness I got in the aroma. Fantastico.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of big carbontion yields a mammoth creaminess here. As with the other Val-Dieu beers I've sampled, I'm highly impressed by the mouthfeel. Kudos!

Drinkability: well, you know me and a good tripel. I could slam these all night long if I had to. What's that? I have to? OK! (980 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange amber color; second pour was cloudy with sediment (probably bottle-conditioned). Poured a 1 finger foamy white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Lightly decanted. Laced in patches.

A: Light-colored fruits; banana, pear and apricot. Sweet malt and noble hops. Alcohol more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Light-colored fruits and bready malt up front. Candi sugar and stronger banana flvor ahead of a long, light hop bitter. Alcohol and fruit linger a bit (pleasant).

M: Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Sweet finish is somewhat coating, but in a good way.

D: Nice Tripel; complex, flavorful, yet balanced. Yeast character pretty subdued making the sweet finish pleasant. ABV makes this one a sipper. (739 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Wonderful looking beer... Hazy dull golden color, with big fluffy head, a good 3 fingers worth.... Settles to a thick layer of foam and lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Strong blend of wine, green apples, yeast and an overall sweetness.

T: OK, first thing I'm getting is a sharp tartness of green apples, with a dash of white wine. There is a sight sweetness with a touch of alcohol (not hot at all, just there).

M: Medium-bodied. Not a lot of carbonation here, a little on the sticky side. The finish is quite dry.

D: Not a bad little Triple. As most Triples this is not a session beer, sit back and enjoy take your time and enjoy the ride. (692 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is slightly hazy, honey-yellow with a 1-finger white head. Chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet, ripe fruit -- overripe nectarines, perhaps -- and some yeastiness.

T: Sweetness again dominates. Fruit -- ripe apple skins, peaches and candied sugar -- over a slightly bready malt. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth down the belly.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. Good fizziness. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Good. (490 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky peach colored body, wispy white head.

Sweet fruity, floral aroma with notes of apricot.

Apricot, peach, pear, green apple, honey and caramel upfront, with just a hint of sweetness. Floral, but mostly fruity, with just enough spice on the finish to lend balance. Richer in body than most Tripels, but plenty of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

Great summertime beer. I don't have AC in my house and things are warming up in Denver. This is just the beer! (464 characters)

Photo of NahpunGnome
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Not as cloudy as I expected since this is a Tripel. The head isn't too tall, but looks nice.

S - I sense mostly bananas and a slight hint of alcohol.

T - Not as yeasty as I expected. There's also a slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and fairly balanced.

M - Just like its appearance, not too thick, not too thin.

D - Since there is an alcohol note in the aftertaste, the alochol tends to linger on my palate the more I drink. Some may not like to have more than 1 or 2 servings of this.

Summary - This is a pretty good tripel, but isn't the stereotypical one in my opinion. The color seems a little darker and not as cloudy as other tripels that I've tried. I think the alcohol could be hidden a bit better. (772 characters)

Photo of JohnL9013
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the less impressive tripels I've had, Val-Dieu still offers a fine product.

A: Not quite the appearance I expected. Thin head that dissipated quickly and an eerily clear orange...I expected a cloudier appearance.

S: A fairly pleasant smell of slightly darker malts than expected with a barely detectable level of hops.

T: This beer is good, but it is just not flatline enough, and not as good as the other Belgian Tripels I've had. There's not enough hops, and the malt is just slightly darker and slightly more excessive than it needs to be in my opinion. This beer has a sharp sweetness to it that is hard to describe, but not a shining feature...homogeneity is key here and this beer falls short in this department.

M: The mouthfeel is unpleasant due to the sharp, almost twangy sweetness, and unfortunately, this beer gets worse as it warms up, unlike almost every other tripel I've had.

D: This beer hides its high alcohol content very well but is still quite the force to be reckoned with.

I know people who swear by this stuff but in my opinion Westmalle, St. Bernardus, and Unibroue make much, much better tripels. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5 - This was obviously bottle conditioned, with a small amount of sediment in the bottom. Beer was light amber-orange color and fairly cloudy without being opaque. Swarms of tiny bubbles rise through the glass constantly. The head is bright white and made up of large soap-like bubbles. It starts out fluffy and about 1/4" thick and quickly fades away to nothing.

Aroma - 4.0 - Light aroma is a mixture of noble hops and sweet malt with some faint banana notes from the yeast.

Flavor - 4.0 - Very nice balance between malt, candi sugar, bananas and some moderate hop bitterness and flavor. 9% alcohol is not obvious. Complex and flavorful while still managing to be drinkable.

Mouthfeel - 4.5 - Moderate body and light carbonation. Somewhat sweet finish that leaves your mouth coated in a pleasant way.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - Very nice and drinkable; has all the elements of a classic tripel, but is somewhat restrained. The yeast character is especially muted compared to classic Trappist examples. (1,024 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a brilliant gold with nice white head, a decent level of retention and some lace.

S - For a Tripel, the aroma is quite Euro-lager-y, and also of straw, banana and farm. And a rich yeast is obviously behind most of it.

T - It tastes pretty delicious; the yeast has a strong effect on the overall flavor of the brew. It goes from smooth to hot to a fully clean finish. Makes for a dynamic experience, albeit solid and not spectacular.

M - It totally enhances, or more so is an integral part of the flavor profile, as the mouthfeel interacts with and enables some of the flavors.

D - Pretty good, but it is hard to prefer it over other good Belgian options. (671 characters)

Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Val-Dieu glass.

A: Deep gold, with nice clarity. A small and foamy eggshell head has OK retention and leaves good lace.

S: Very white wine like. Green grapes, fresh pears and granny smith apples are front and center. A pepper tingle is just strong enough to hold down the sweeter aromas.

T: 9% ABV and it's completely masked. The sweet pale fruits from the nose sweep seamlessly into the flavor. They make up the bulk of the proceedings. Bitterness is extremely mild and has a lemon and coriander bite. Finished very dry and a bit tart. There's a very hidden warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The body is quite light and effervescent.

D: I love a good Tripel. Val-Dieu goes down easy and knocks you on your butt if you're not careful, just like a good Tripel should. An excellent pickup. (806 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle into my Val-Dieu Chalice. Bottle has a best before date of 7/30/11.

Pours a clear golden color with more than 2 fingers of white foam. Really good retension due to bubbles of carbination providing constant support. Significant amount of clingy lace all around the glass. Sweet aroma riddled with spice like clove and fruit similar to pears and apples. Some alcohol thrown into the aroma as well to mix it up. Taste is sweet upfront tasting like pear/apple and clove. Tiny bit of hop bitterness keeping the sweetness in check. Somewhat dry finish that is quite warming. Medium to light feel and highly carbed. Lingering taste of the fruity sweetness is left in the mouth that is similar to sour apple but without the sourness...if that makes any sense. Overall very enjoyable. (818 characters)

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