Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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Reviews by WoogityBoogity:
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Artificial cork, date stamped "05/12". Cork was a bitch to remove, and it seems as if there was barely any carbonation.
A - Dark mahogany body... poured straight down tulip glass and barely any head formed. Cleary body, although dark. After a minute, head settles to almost a tiny froth. If twirled, microbubbles reduce from body.
S - Simple malt, cinnamon aroma. Very mild fruity esters for a "Grand Cru".
T - Malt complexity is limited... but stands out. A few peppery spice phenols. Finish is dry. Label claims 10.5% ABV, though alcohol taste is well hidden (or is lying).
M - Medium body, low carbonation.
D - Very drinkable; would pair well with dessert if you're looking for a Quad that doesn't overpower.
It almost seems like the beer I tasted was way too young.
I'm not sure if I, like the person just below me, got a bad batch - but it seems like this was bottled before tertiary fermentation was completed. I believe Val-Dieu doesn't use bottle fermentation, so it almost seems like after racking, Val-Dieu didn't complete the carbonation process.
Either that, or very simply... this beer is way too young (which I don't believe). As it's bottled, it travels from brewer to importer over seas by boat (30 days), then to distributor's warehouse (another 30 days), to store shelf (couple weeks)... so I'm not sure of the situation.
But recent reviews don't match previous reviews.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2010 01:58:29 | More by WoogityBoogity
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4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:10:14 | More by superspak
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
(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
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 05:13:31 | More by Bouleboubier
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 18:46:25 | More by BEERchitect
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.