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Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006)
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-20-2014 19:51:46 | More by benlhoest
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3.72/5  rDev -11%

08-19-2014 02:52:39 | More by taospowder
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-17-2014 19:39:40 | More by afsdan
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

An excellent offering from Val-Dieu. Ale pours with a nice ruby brown hue and thick frothy
foamy head that leaves significant lacing. An exceptional nose of dark plums, Belgian candy
sugars, dark cherries, sweet earthy breads, and light Belgian spices of coriander and anise.
Taste is unbelievable. Dark fruits wash over the palate in waves....plums, figs, black raisins,
and that wonderful sweet Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol is far from present on the nose but
well represented on the back with coriander and a hint of sweet orange. Sweet finish that
lasts long and full. A sweet treat for all Belgian lovers. A WOW kind of experience.
Best of the Val-Dieu's I have had. Outstanding. One of the best ales I have had this year to

08-15-2014 23:01:17 | More by Brutaltruth
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Cork is dated 10/2014, indicated as a best by date according to the label.

A: Deep ruby-brown body that is essentially opaque black viewed straight on. 2-3 fingers of rocky, off-white/beige head. Good retention. Impressive lacing. Really nice looking brew.

S: Dark fruit, raisin, black cherry, date. Sweet bread. Molasses. Toffee. Faint banana. Trace dark chocolate. Spice cake.

T: Richly sweet malt with a strong dried fruit presence up front. Baking spice. The sweetness gradually yields partially to some balancing hop bitterness. Finished semi-dry. Notable alcohol presence with some lingering warmth and dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate to full body. Very palate coating. Slightly sticky. A touch prickly.

O: This one is certainly more suited to December than August - fairly boozy, sweet and heavy. Did get a bit cloying finishing off the fifth myself, but very nice scents and flavors. Will definitely revisit come more quad-appropriate weather.


08-08-2014 04:32:58 | More by fourstringer
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-20-2014 01:39:44 | More by target88
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-19-2014 22:56:02 | More by GJ40
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-16-2014 03:02:15 | More by drummerguy
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-07-2014 18:47:11 | More by gradergator
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/2015. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, dark candi sugar, clove, pepper, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding quadrupel style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

06-29-2014 03:10:14 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-29-2014 01:29:20 | More by Sparky44
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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%

(11.2oz bottle - best by date: Apr 9 201x - last digit cut off)

A: exceptionally brooding, leather, raw umber liquid, ruby highlights... decent finger width of foam on the pour, keeps a

S: dark-toasted muffin, raisin... perhaps a bit of roasted grain... bit of a spicy note on the tail end... simply enticing and drool-inducing for lovers of dark Belgian ales and muffins

T: dark, rich, melanoidin-y (a la doppelbocky decoction) maltiness... hint of dark roast coffee grounds in the finish... unique shade of pan-earthy-fruity (fig-violet-grape-date) booze, sand-blasted in drive... sort of citrus-pithy bitterness lingering, alcohol and milk chocolate hanging

M: decadent, marginally-spongy muscle of malt with a distant, fiery, halo glow of mellow-acidic ethanol... the sauce is on top, feather-light, sub-levels circling the perimeter, while the numbing, (tongue-)tranquilizing eth-knock more than cuts off the stab of sweets

O: like they all said at work - fan-freakin-tastic... a 'quad' with a bruised, fleshy tone... try this shit... do it

06-23-2014 05:13:31 | More by Bouleboubier
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Beautifully balanced, powerfully complex and highly spiced; yet the ale has a delicate side that makes it approachable and way more drinkable than a beer of this stature should. But that's the seductive nature and the charm of authentic abbey ale.

Lighter in its tone than many Belgian darker, stronger ale- its finesse dark honey hue shows even in the beer's appearance. Lightly creamy in its froth, a slowly smoldering white cap builds on the beer and retains with a daintiness and subtlety that laces the glass quite intricately.

Its medley of fruit and spice dances in the nose with a back and forth of apples, clove, dates, black pepper, plum, fennel, cherry, coriander, raisin and white pepper. Its balanced scent is supported with the scent of brown sugar dominance but also pulled candy. Even its rounded alcohol spice plays out in its scent like spiced rum and vinous acidity.

To taste, fresh fruitcake comes to mind as all those bready-sweet tastes play out on the early palate like coffee-cake or rum-cake. In the middle, fruit flavors pile on with those savory pitted fruits, dark fruits, stone fruits and with a pep of rose wine to boot. Mildly spicy with pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove- these flavors are delicate and supportive, seeming to arrive via its yeasty backdrop. Finishing with spicy rum and wine, the complexity of the ale keeps building as it reveals more and more flavors as it warms.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's sweetness is pulled from the tongue by its soft but racy carbonation. Creamy and yet semi-dry, the beer ushers in a steady procession toward a malty-dry finish with spicy warmth and lingering fruit in aftertaste.

Val Dieu shows why the legacy of Belgian ale will live on and in the highest of quality possible. Its a unique recipe but is also true to form. Its taste is simply divine.

02-25-2014 18:46:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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